Faculty of Humanities

The humanities at Vytautas Magnus University are especially important because, aside from high quality education, they also provide the student with the ability to explore and understand the world around us, use independent and critical thinking and develop an original and creative personality.

The faculty offers the following studies of the humanities: history, ethnology, philosophy and Lithuanian, English, German and French philology, as well as Italian studies and Romance languages, Baltic region cultures, and East Asian cultures and languages. These programmes can be selected as the major track at BA, MA and PhD level studies. Every semester, various study subjects are taught by guest lecturers from all around the world.

BA level graduates may choose to pursue Master’s degree at a different faculty or university. Graduates quickly get to know the specifics of the work, as they have acquired what is the most important – not the rapidly aging knowledge of a particular specialty, but a wideranging education of liberal arts. The driving force of the faculty’s scientific research is in the research clusters and research centres of Computational Linguistics, Culture Research, Prof. Bronius Vaškelis’ Literary Comparativistics, Kaunas’ History, Intercultural Communication and Multilingualism, and Lithuanian Emigration Institute.

A wide variety of research is carried out at the Centre of Computational Linguistics, such as development of the online information translation tool, digitalization of verbal and written language, grammatical and semantic analysis of the Lithuanian language, research of spoken language, automatic transcription of music and other.

The Lithuanian Emigration Institute conducts research on the cultural, political and scientific heritage of the Lithuanian diaspora, in addition to collecting and preserving unique archives of the diaspora. Scientists working at the institute investigate the history, culture and literature of Lithuanian exile, analyze the processes of modern migration, etc.

At the Culture Research Centre, the phenomena of modern Lithuanian urban culture are investigated, as well as the specifics and activities of various subculture communities and the virtual culture formed by the computer technologies. The Centre of Kaunas’ History researches many different aspects of the city and region of Kaunas and the university. This centre frequently holds international and national scientific conferences, implements research programmes and projects, organizes expeditions and collects a historical bibliography of the research areas in the centre.

The researchers associated with the Centre for Intercultural Communication and Multilingualism pay special attention to the issues of multilingualism and its relation to first and second language acquisition, language development, attrition, maintenance and shift. The scientists in the Centre of Prof. Bronius Vaškelis’ Literary Comparativistics are occupied with researching and comparing works by artists of different nationalities, looking for relations between different areas of art, tracing the influence of environment on the texts and their authors.

Faculty In Brief

Community

  • about 1400 students
  • about 100 teachers and research fellows

Structure

  • Departments of English Philology, Germanic and Romance Languages, History, Cultural Studies and Ethnology, Lithuanian Language, Lithuanian Literature, Philosophy.
  • VMU Lithuanian Emigration Institute, Centres of Computational Linguistics, Culture Research, Studies of Prof. Bronius Vaškelis’ Literary Comparativistics, Kaunas’ History, Intercultural Communication and Multilingualism

Master’s Degree Studies in English

BA and MA Courses in English

Exchange Oppurtunities

One-semester studies at the universities in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom by Erasmus exchange programme and by VMU bilateral collaborative agreements. Two-semester studies at one of the member universities of Campus Europae. Students may gain practical experience by making use of Erasmus work placement program in enterprises and organisations in all EU countries as well as in Island, Norway, Lichtenstein, Turkey and Switzerland.

Student Activities