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Humanities in universities

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Humanities

Education in Humanities may be versatile and comprehensive, which means that all-round learning and capabilities for a wide variety of assignments are the assets of graduates in the world of work. Students may also structure their studies to suit assignments requiring specialised competence, in which case subject choices included in the degree will play a significant role. A student’s own orientation, interests and active accumulation of working life skills and knowledge as well as networks always play a role in the field of Humanities. Academic skills developed during the studies, such as language skills, teamwork and communication skills, information acquisition and processing skills as well as problem-solving skills, are skills required in working life.

You can also obtain teaching qualifications as a subject teacher in languages and in several other humanities.

Humanities graduates mostly find employment within private companies as well as local and central governments. Another way for degree-holders to find employment is to start a business. Common job assignments include various teacher’s and educator’s positions, as well as translation and research work. Humanities graduates work in a wide variety of positions. In addition to those mentioned above, common fields include communication and media, planning, development and administration as well as various research assignments.

Among others, graduates work in the following areas:

  • the media
  • libraries
  • cultural administration
  • museums and archives
  • research institutes
  • organisations
  • businesses.

The range of subjects available in Faculties of Humanities or Arts varies by university.

Theology

As a science, Theology explains phenomena relating to people’s religious thinking and activity as well as world-views, in particular within the sphere of Christianity. Theological research makes use of the methods of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The majority of theologians work as ministers or teachers of religion. In order to work as a minister, a theologian must first be ordained.

In addition to church services, ministers lead parish occasions and brainstorm various events, among other things. They are also employed in other special duties, such as family counselling or missionary work. In addition, more and more theologians work as experts in assignments requiring knowledge of religions and cultures. Jobs are available in the media, development co-operation as well as domestic and international organisations, for example.

Teachers of religion may either only teach religion or also specialise in subjects such as philosophy, history, psychology or mother tongue in addition to religion.