The faculty covers three main subject areas, history, archaeology and philosophy. In addition, programmes are offered in classical studies, medieval studies and applied studies in culture and communication.
The University has been the cornerstone of knowledge in Iceland for a century, or since the University was founded by Althingi on 17 June, 1911. The centennial will be celebrated in the year 2011 under the heading ‘Treasure for the future’. The treasure is primarily the students and the generations now growing up who will graduate from the University in coming years. The treasure also lies in the wealth of knowledge created in ambitious research and teaching in all the major fields of science at the University.
Research intitutions strengthen the institutional framework for research, coordinate the activities of the different research institutes active within the School, and facilitate research collaboration with scholars and institutes at other universities.