Journey to the heart of human history with our humanities programs and contribute to the advancement and dissemination of knowledge that distinguishes the human species from all others.
Appropriate the past to better illuminate the present
Are you the type who thinks about the phenomenon of globalization? Do you consider knowing other cultures and learning other languages to be a source of wealth? Do you feel that the past hasn’t revealed all its secrets yet? Then we want to hear from you!
In the humanities, you can expand your specialist knowledge in disciplines such as anthropology, Asian, Aboriginal, classical, medieval and religious studies, history and philosophy. If your heart hesitates and you cannot decide, it is possible to combine several disciplines with the bi-disciplinary Matura, by accumulation or by denomination.
But you may be wondering if a college liberal arts program is right for you. You will suspect that it takes more than just an interest in one or more of the disciplines offered to be successful. “The first quality you must have is intellectual curiosity. Then you need a good critical and synthetic mind to be able to popularize. Open-mindedness is also important for immersive work in other cultures, for example. Finally, as in archaeology, it requires great meticulousness to handle objects of great heritage value and often fragile ones,” specifies Sophie Parent, professor at the School of Psychoeducation and Vice Dean for the Studies of the 1stah Cycle at the Faculty of Philosophy.
It goes without saying that our teachers will accompany you sensitively so that you can develop these qualities, which are essential for professional practice. Catherine, an anthropology master’s student, shares how she’s been able to grow personally as well as gaining knowledge in her field of study.
“Anthropology has allowed me to develop my patience and to learn to take the time to work carefully. I also deal with my stress much better. I give conferences in Quebec and internationally and I had to learn to make myself known. In fact, communication is what I have developed the most. It is very important to make our work known by sharing our work with an audience that is not necessarily a specialist.”
Do you need a specific study plan to get started? Absolutely not! You will make so many discoveries about your tastes and aspirations that all that matters at this point is the desire to take action.
Programs for every taste
Whether you dream of studying the civilizations of ancient Greece or medieval Europe, or even the indigenous peoples of the world, you will find a wide range of undergraduate programs ranging from micro programs to undergraduate degrees. In some cases, a combination of 2 disciplines is also possible, as in bachelor’s programs with a major and minor.
Some baccalaureate programs include a choice of orientations and paths. Orientation is a type of specialization that includes specific courses, mostly starting in the 2nd yeare Year.
Among the most common paths, the regular path prepares for professional practice. The Honor Path facilitates access to graduate study and is offered on the basis of academic excellence. The international path, on the other hand, offers you the opportunity to study at a foreign university for a variable number of semesters.
Thanks to faculty community projects as well as university partnerships around the world, you can complete internships in some liberal arts majors, giving you a taste of what awaits you in the field. This applies in particular to the baccalaureate in ethnology and the baccalaureate in classical studies.
One life project, a thousand career opportunities
Like the wide variety of humanities degree programs, jobs are plentiful and can be found in all fields of activity. It’s up to you to determine what best suits your tastes and ambitions.
“I have been working internationally for a number of years. Others work in South America or in Quebec. Some work in private companies. Our versatility allows us access to all types of positions in government agencies, NGOs, community organizations, museums, interpretation and research centers. There are a lot more options than you think,” says Catherine.
Conducting graduate studies will also open the doors to universities, government and private centers for high-level research. They can also teach at colleges or universities, or work in communications companies (newspapers, magazines, radio, television, etc.).