Faculty of Arts
(Founded in 1992)

The University of Miskolc introduced education in the humanities in 1992. Within the traditional specialisations in the humanities the students can benefit from various modern teaching methods based on curricula that meet the social demands of the age. The specialisations cater for their interests and their academic orientation (e.g. textology, museology, ancient history, specialized translation). The faculty, which was awarded this status in 1997, runs six MA courses. In terms of the number of students, the faculty is the biggest in the university with 1,659 full-time students and 692 part-time students. The staff consists of 139 full-time lecturers and 47 part-time lecturers, among them 16 DSc Habil.
Hungarian language and literature specialisation: The objective of the course is to produce teachers of Hungarian language and literature for secondary schools, young researchers for academic life and experts in Hungarian language and literature in any other relevant field.
History specialisation: The course has a dual objective: on the one hand to produce teachers of history for secondary schools, on the other, to provide experts for the network of public collections as well as researchers.
Cultural and visual anthropology specialisation: Graduates from this specialisation are primarily able to carry out empirical research into, and professional analysis of, the cultures and social tendencies of the peoples and ethnic groups of the regions of Central Europe.
This specialisation is unique in the country owing to its single-major character.
Philosophy specialisation: Those graduating in philosophy are well placed to further the integrative work of the discipline. The department produces specialists for the teaching of philosophy in secondary schools as well as in higher education, and also for research work.

Political Science specializaton: Graduates in this discipline may enter political life, secondary education, higher education and political research.
Sociology specialisation: The objective of the training is to provide systematic training in theoretical and empirical sociology and a deep insight into the major fields of the discipline. Thus graduates will be able to apply their knowledge of social mechanisms in their future work.
English language teacher training and German language teacher training:The students of these specialisations follow a three-year course and are awarded a college level degree (BA). Graduates acquire deep and extensive knowledge of the language and the literature, arts and culture of the peoples speaking that language. This enables them to teach English or German at various levels of educational institutions. The Faculty is aiming to develop these specialisations into five year (MA) courses.

Miskolci Egyetem Bölcsészettudományi Kar
Faculty of Arts

Miskolc-Egyetemváros, H-3515
Telephone: +36 46 565-211,565-111
Ext.: 2225, 2226
Fax: +36 46 563-459
E-mail: boldek@gold.uni-miskolc.hu
Homepage: http://www.bolcsweb.hu/

Miskolc and its region boasts with significant cultural traditions. A number of honorable men of letters lived and worked here. They talked to the people both in the family circle, among friends and in the public places, streets and squares. They were both planning and doing something for the humanities to get rooted in this town. The management of the university was building on these traditions when following a clear-sighted assessment they decided to launch the training in the arts in the hope of success. What they could not envisage was the active and positive support of the academic community of the country. In response to the call of the founders the best of each profession started off to the campus to take part in every difficulty of helping the new-born to come to this world. As a result the structure of the faculty gained shape, students arrived in great numbers and stronger and stronger links were created with the secondary schools providing the coming generations of students.
The twenty Széchenyi Professor Scholarships (highest academic grant in Hungary) won by lecturers of our faculty indicates that we have caught up with the other art faculties in the field of academic research, too. The launching of our PhD programmes serves as evidence: in some fields the most outstanding experts are working in our faculty.
Along all this the friendly and welcoming atmosphere of the faculty has been preserved. We do not look upon the student as a workpiece to be processed but as an equal partner in the educational process. They are seen as colleagues to whom we must pay attention, to whom we can turn frankly.
The days of our foundation having ended we are facing the simple working days of meticulous research. In addition to preserving our achievements we are planning to develop in certain fields. Raising the level of foreign language training (English, German, Latin), the introduction of the double major system, the launching of the credit system - these are our most important aims. I hope we will be faithful successors of the founding fathers.

Dr József Bessenyei
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