The Bachelor program Liberal Arts and Humanities is a study program in humanities focused on philosophy, history, and cultural and social anthropology. The program’s significant feature is a widely open study schedule that allows students to pursue their individual abilities and develop their interests. The students take compulsory courses in humanities and social sciences and pass comprehensive exams relevant to each field. By choosing other elective courses during their studies, students can gradually specialize and focus either on further (Master) studies in any of the relative theoretical fields, or on the practical use of the acquired skills.
The study program is carried out without specialization.
This is a pretty new program at Charles University. It started in 2012 and has about 45 students per class. Though it is called liberal arts, after learning about it, I think it’s more similar to an integrated programs like the PPE or PPLE programs of many schools. Of course, integrated programs are also a great option for students who aren’t sure what they want to study. During the first year, students take intro courses in European History, Anthropology, Economics, psychology and Sociology. They also have four different small seminars and choices for electives. Electives account for more than a third of the required credits, so it is here that students can focus on their areas of interest within the disciplines. Comprehensive exams account for 40 or the 180 total credits. These are not formal classes, but independent work that is done through the semester (during the 2nd and 3rd year) preparing for the exam. Students are required to take comprehensive exams in four different subjects. For each of these they choose a set number of books to read off of a list (usually they choose 12). They then give a presentation and have an oral exam about these readings. Needless to say, this requires that the student is independent with good time management and study skills. The programs ends with a bachelor’s thesis, another opportunity for the student to focus on their specific area of interest.The admissions process presents some obstacles. First and foremost, applicants must travel to Prague for the entrance exam. This is a three hour test that consists of reading a presented academic text, completing a one page summary, and answering a set of questions about the text. Students receive and admission decision the next day. The next issue is that you must go through the nostrificaiton process (see more about that in the Charles University and Czech Republic pages). Charles University is enormous with locations all around Prague. This department is is about 20 minutes on the metro from the city center, in a less picturesque area of Prague. Large universities sometimes concern me as getting through bureaucratic levels in ones own language can be headache enough without throwing language barriers in the mix. However, students take the majority of their classes within the department and the International Students Office and Student Administration Office within the department can meet most of the students’ needs.
- Full Time
High School Leaving Certificate (Diploma) or its equivalent. All applicants who submit the required materials by the deadline might be invited to sit an entrance exam (if one is required).
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- 3 years
- Full Time
- On Campus Learning