The Faculty of Arts is one of the four founding Masaryk University faculties. From the very beginning, the faculty has focused on developing both traditional humanities-oriented disciplines (i.e. history, philosophy, classical philology and Slavonic, Germanic and Romance philologies) as well as areas comprising new directions in university instruction and research, e.g. sociology, psychology, art history and musicology. At present, the Faculty of Arts continues to promote traditional fields of study while simultaneously supporting the development of new ones.
All departments are involved in research with some simultaneously participating in joint research projects financed by the European Union. Research activities at the Faculty of Arts are therefore extremely varied; significant research areas include the archaeological exploration of prehistoric and medieval social structures, areal linguistics and literary studies, clinical psychology, Latin medieval studies, aspects of general psychology, general and social pedagogy, Czech and Central European history including the auxiliary historical sciences, history of art – comprising architecture, sculpture and painting – as well as musicology, aesthetics, theatre and film studies, ethnology, ethnography and religious studies. The faculty has likewise traditionally focused on a range of linguistic and literary topics as well as on the interpretation of significant philosophical works, including those of the university’s founder T. G. Masaryk. The Faculty of Arts is becoming increasingly recognized as a research-oriented institution, with dozens of grants in various areas being investigated each year.
Every year since 1968, the faculty has hosted the Summer School of Slavonic (Czech) Studies. The great success of this venture led to the creation of the Division of Czech for Foreigners, which provides Czech lessons on a year-round basis. The faculty is also home to the UNESCO Chair of Museology and World Heritage, established in 1994 as the first UNESCO department in the Czech Republic.
Degree programmes implemented at the faculty are devoted to educating future specialists and teachers in a wide range of disciplines. Doctoral studies are an option in many fields, providing young researchers with opportunities to embark on their scholarly careers as soon as possible. Student numbers provide sufficient evidence of the substantial appeal of the humanities: the Faculty of Arts is currently the most populous at Masaryk University.
Faculty of Arts graduates find application in a variety of cultural and educational institutions as well as in public administration, the media and the private sector; following specialized teacher training or on completion of an accredited Teacher Training for Secondary Schools Master’s degree programme, graduates are also are fully qualified and eligible for teaching positions. The best graduates take up research and teaching positions at universities, research institutes and major museum institutions.
Facts and figures
- A total of 8,579 students are enrolled at the faculty: 4,965 in Bachelor’s degree programmes, 2,809 in Master’s degree programmes and 805 in doctoral degree programmes (as of 31 October 2015).
- The faculty consists of 2 departments 13 institutes and employs a total of 562 academic and non-academic workers including 38 professors and 73 associate professors.
- Instruction is provided by a total of 1,000 teaching staff including 372 MU employees, 252 students and 376 external faculty members.
- A total of 11,506 applicants for studies were registered in 2015; 5,436 were subsequently accepted.
- A total of 95 disabled students are enrolled at the faculty (2014/2015 academic year).
- The number of outgoing students stands at 330, the number of incoming students from abroad is 100 (2014/2015 academic year).
- A total of 1,754 students graduated from the faculty in 2015: 844 from Bachelor’s programmes, 848 from Master’s programmes and 62 from doctoral programmes.
- Faculty graduates are extremely successful on the job market (see Graduate employment record).
- Since 1921, a total of 35,002 students have graduated from the faculty.