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Enrich. Inspire. Provoke. Engage.

Studying the humanities helps us reflect on how our languages, cultures, technologies and environments shape who we are.

Undergraduate studies
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Graduate studies

Graduate studies at UVic provide intellectual challenge, cutting edge research and a beautiful and close-knit campus community rich with Indigenous and international perspectives.

Graduate studies
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Study what you're passionate about

Humanities' flexible programs let you pursue your interests and choose courses that delve into topics you're passionate about.

Our programs
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Hands-on learning

From co-op to field schools, we offer many hands-on opportunities that take learning beyond the classroom. You could even participate in an archeological dig in Greece as part of a Greek & Roman Studies degree.

Hands-on learning
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Exciting careers in humanities

UVic alumna Kathryn Bridge puts her humanities education to good use as curator of history and art at the Royal BC Museum.

Career possibilities
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Multi-faceted community

Our faculty members study a wide range of topics, like philosophy professor Chris Goto-Jones, who explores the history of magic in Asia and how it transformed the modern world.

Featured researchers
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Research in action

Humanities research helps us understand who we are, where we come from and where we’re going. We learn to understand the past, describe and explain the present and influence the future.


Open your mind, transform our world

The humanities and liberal arts are engaged with the complex, ever-evolving questions of what it means to be human. They speak to issues of human dignity, creativity, thought, justice, freedom and value amidst myriad people and places. We explore language, culture, technology and the environment, recognizing the richness offered by diversity, difference, distance and place.

The humanities equip us to make critical and difficult choices, to recognize the difference between what is right and what is easy, and to take responsibility for our choices.
from the Faculty of Humanities Vision and Mission Statement

Do you love reading and writing? Are you fascinated by current and past world events? Do you seek to explore and understand other cultures and languages?

We acknowledge and respect the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples on whose traditional territory the University of Victoria stands, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.