Dean's foreword

Joan Carbonell

Welcome to your Faculty.

Unless you have stumbled upon it, you are reading this text because you are interested in finding out what the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of our University is like and what we do. First of all, let me tell you that this is an institution with almost fifty years of history; it was founded in October 1968, a few months after the protests of French students and workers broke out in the prominent European social movement known as “May 68”. From the early years, which were dark politically but fascinating on a personal level, our classrooms have been a melting pot of ideas and innovative experiences in all our fields of study.

Our Faculty was born with the objective of bringing together within one single institution all the disciplines generically known as the “liberal arts”, which at that time also encompassed the fields of psychology and pedagogy. Currently, it offers practically all our University’s degree programmes in the area of the humanities and a great deal of those in the social sciences. Our Faculty has always been committed to high excellence in teaching and research. Many generations of students and researchers who currently hold or have previously held high-level posts in educational establishments (primary and secondary schools, local and foreign universities, etc.), cultural institutions (publishing houses, archives and libraries), public and private corporations, the world of music and the performing arts, politics, etc., have been educated at our Faculty. A university education in the humanities opens students’ minds and contributes to creating reflective, critical and cultivated spirits; in sum, women and men committed to the environment and to their social worlds.

Those of you who are young, and make up the bulk of our student body, have some unforgettable years ahead of you; you may decide to extend them until the completion of a PhD degree. Those of you who are mature students, please feel welcome to our Faculty too. Our new admission programmes have made it possible for you to initiate a tailor-made academic trajectory with perhaps greater enthusiasm than some of your younger classmates. The Faculty of Arts and Humanities is honoured to be the largest receiving centre on campus for mature students.

You will find the academic information you need (degrees, course syllabi, calendars and timetables) and other relevant pieces of information on international mobility and exchange programmes, as well as ways of getting involved in Faculty life and its governing bodies by scrolling up and down the left-hand side menu, clicking on the Faculty's home page tabs or checking the highlights section.

While you take a look, and on behalf of the Faculty’s teaching and administrative staff, let me wish you very enjoyable and fruitful coming years filled with great discoveries and no disappointing moments.

Joan Carbonell Manils