Faculty of Humanities

Strategy for the Faculty of Humanities, 2012 - 2020

Conference crowd. Photo: Bård Ivar Basmo


The Faculty of Humanities (HF) should be a humanistic force in a technical and scientific university as well as in society at large and the realm of the arts and culture. HF will offer studies and conduct research in the core areas of the field. The faculty will also play an active role in the development of interdisciplinarity. Practical, aesthetic and artistic activities should be a central part of the faculty profile. The faculty's academic activities must also be of a quality that is recognized in its international academic peer relationships.


The Faculty of Humanities takes as its basic operating values the ideas of "creative, critical and constructive". The faculty will further the values of the European university tradition and promote knowledge, critical reflection, tolerance and fairness. All academic activities will be characterized by openness, curiosity and respect for other disciplines and traditions. The faculty will educate individuals to provide them insight and understanding, and the ability to undertake ethical reflection, to equip them with the ability to assume their local and global social responsibilities.

The Faculty of Humanities' social mission

The academic activities of the faculty are based on strong academic disciplines. With this as its foundation, the faculty will execute its social mission by contributing to the development of democratic attitudes and understanding. We will prioritize outstanding professional work, interdisciplinarity and social relevance.
Our multi-disciplinary environment in climate and energy research should be expanded to 2020, along with the disciplines of music technology, cultural heritage management and applied ethics. Our faculty has been central in the creation of these areas, and will continue to initiate the establishment of new ones. The five-year integrated teacher education programme is being fostered now and will be given priority in the future. We should also prepare for areas that have the potential for excellence beyond what we know today.

Research and artistic activities

The faculty should contribute to the continuing development of national and international knowledge through international-level research and artistic activities. Basic research should be emphasized as the foundation for interdisciplinary research and teaching. We should have clear priorities that also reflect any reorganization needs.


  • The Faculty of Humanities should strengthen the quality of its research by prioritizing strong research and high-quality artistic endeavours.
  • The establishment of national and international research networks will be given priority.
  • Strong academic disciplines will be encouraged to become outstanding.
  • The faculty's academic disciplines should participate in interdisciplinary research with humanistic perspectives, and show how humanistic knowledge is needed to meet the challenges of our times.

Education and learning

The education offered by the Faculty of Humanities will be research-based and high quality, both in discipline-based and interdisciplinary studies. The faculty will adapt its portfolio of study programmes over the next few years by concentrating them, giving priority to courses that are attractive and of high quality.


  • The faculty will enable a strong learning environment where academic staff and students work together via active, critical dialogue.
  • The faculty will act as facilitators in helping students finding relevant work after graduation, by strengthening contacts with the business world and clarifying what qualifications a humanities education provides.
  • The faculty will prioritize the development of an integrated five-year teacher education programme.
  • The faculty will strengthen its bachelor's degree programmes as terminal degrees, but will also clarify the relationship between undergraduate and graduate studies.
  • Master's and doctoral dissertations will normally be associated with departmental initiatives, research groups or projects.
  • The faculty will participate actively in cooperative programmes and sharing efforts with other Norwegian and Nordic Humanities Faculties.
  • The faculty will have a dynamic portfolio of studies, with the ability to both create and eliminate offerings.
  • The faculty will be an attractive institution for international students, and contribute actively to ensure that our students can study abroad at foreign universities.
  • The faculty will work to facilitate educational cooperation across departmental and faculty boundaries.

Innovation and creativity

The Faculty of Humanities will work to ensure that the term "innovation" also includes humanistic expertise and capabilities.


  • The faculty will strengthen its cooperation with partners in the business world.
  • The faculty will provide research-based knowledge for the development of cultural and creative industries and other businesses or industries.
  • The faculty's programmes will provide candidates an education that is responsive to changes that are relevant to the working world.

Communication and outreach

The Faculty of Humanities will contribute to strengthening the democratic public sphere.
Communication, outreach and dissemination of information to the world at large are and will be a key part of the humanities' social mission.


  • The Faculty of Humanities will be an active force in contributing to our common base of knowledge and will help develop new forms and areas of communication.
  • The faculty will provide a critical and informed voice in the public debate.
  • The faculty will place an emphasis on the dissemination of high-quality artistic work.

Leadership, participation and resources


  • The Faculty of Humanities will be an attractive workplace, characterized by respect and growth opportunities for every employee.
  • The faculty will have an administration with expertise that supports research and education needs based on our academic priorities.
  • Any restructuring will be carried out in a transparent, participatory manner, with respect for individual rights, wishes and needs.