University of Iceland

School of Humanities

School of Humanities


The University of Iceland offers diverse academic programmes in the humanities, and is the only university in the country offering programmes at all levels within the humanities. The School of Humanities comprises four faculties: Faculty of Languages and Cultures; Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies; Faculty of Icelandic and Comparative Cultural Studies; and Faculty of History and Philosophy. While each faculty constitutes a separate academic unit, students can choose to pursue a subsidiary subject, or individual courses, not only in other programmes within the respective faculty, but also in other faculties, or even at other schools within the university.

Classical and contemporary education 

The School of Humanities is constantly adapting its academic programmes in an effort  to meet the ever-changing demands and opportunities of society, and several new programmes have been introduced in recent years. At the same time, the School attends to key aspects of cultural heritage and history, relating them to current contexts.

Excellent preparation for the future 

Humanities alumni can be found in most areas of national life and education in the humanities has proven to be an excellent preparation for all kinds of professions. Students who have graduated from the School of Humanities are equipped with critical and creative skills, are capable of analysing complicated topics and presenting their results in a well-argued and coherent manner. Students are therefore strategically poised upon graduation, whether they are headed for the professional sector or aim to continue their studies.


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