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The B.A. in Humanities, Society and Culture program delivers a broad curriculum that develops critical and informed thinking about the world’s humanitarian issues today and for the future.
This undergraduate program delivers an interdisciplinary course structure, developing strong competency in theory and research. Students will learn the principles, concepts and theories behind modern social issues and democratic transformations.
The B.A. in Humanities, Society and Culture program examines modern societies with a range of practical and academic methods in the social sciences and humanities, including philosophy, cultural anthropology, history, the arts, literature, and film studies. Students are guided by an international faculty of specialists through modern social theory and intellectual histories.
“AAU has high quality professors and a wide variety of classes to choose from. The courses that are offered at AAU are quite unique compared to the other universities in the Czech Republic. The student body at AAU is very diverse which has led me to meet people from all across the world.”
Hunter Andrews, Humanities student, photographer, musician
1. Demonstrate broad knowledge of ideas & issues across the fields of art, literature, film, philosophy, religion, history, politics & sociology, anthropology and psychology; demonstrate broad knowledge of the theories, methods and concepts in these areas;.
2. Address and solve moderately complex theoretical and practical issues and problems in changing contexts
a. Achieve insight
i. Identify and define the problem
ii. Select, classify and interpret relevant information
b. Use appropriate quantitative and qualitative research methods, concepts and theories
c. Employ perspective of a relevant additional discipline
d. Identify and select realistic solutions
e. Evaluate possible solutions and their ethical implications
3. Effectively communicate issues, problems, or dilemmas and their solutions
a. In appropriate format to specialists and non-specialist audiences
b. In written documents, oral presentations and critical discussions, drawing on the relevant disciplinary knowledge and using appropriate citations
c. Within a team: review, evaluate and reiterate expert opinions of team members
d. In at least one language in addition to English
4. Take effective and responsible action both individually and within a team
a. Take into consideration diverse and changing socio-cultural contexts
b. Critically assess outcomes and performances
c. Effectively use available resources d. Engage oneself and other members of the team in life-long learning (i.e. acquisition of specialist knowledge and competences)
Language Requirements for Studying at AAU
English proficiency at a level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). There are multiple tests that AAU recognizes as evidence of the B2 level proficiency, especially:
- TOEFL (iBT min. 71, PBT min. 525)
- IELTS (min. 6 – minimum of 5.5 in each subtest)
- FCE (min. C)
- CAE (min 160)
- BULATS (min. 60)
- City & Guilds – IESOL (Communicator)
- Pearson PTE (min. 59)
- IGCSE First Language English (C or better)
- IGCSE English as a Second Language (B or better)
- IB (English A or B at HL/SL)
For applicants who completed a high school or gained no less than 30 university credits in a country where English is the language of instruction, or are nationals of a country listed below, the requirement to prove English proficiency may be waived by the respective Dean.
- Antigua and Barbuda
- New Zealand
- St Kitts and Nevis
- St. Lucia
- St Vincent and the Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
The B.A. in Humanities, Society and Culture is a full-time study program.
Full-time: Study and advancement is based on classroom lectures and interactive exercises. Attendance and participation are mandatory.
- 7 class hours = 1 ECTS credit
- 42 hours = 6 ECTS/3 US credits
Your Degree & After
Having completed all program requirements, students are conferred a Bachelors degree. The degree awarded is concurrently recognized as a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in the United States, per AAU's accreditation by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, and as a Bakalář (Bc.) accredited by the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic. Graduates may select whether to use the U.S. post-nominal or the Czech title.
Our graduates are prepared for success in cultural management, reporting, or diplomacy, humanitarian government and nonprofit organizations, education, social research and publishing, and various forms of print and web media. Our graduates are able to decisively practice their skills in intercultural communication, psychology, and sociological concepts in any field they choose to pursue.
Our graduates are able to communicate professionally, decisively and strategically in verbal and written English. Our graduates are able to identify, describe and discuss complex topics for international audiences.
Access to Master’s Studies
AAU graduates are sought after in master’s programs at private and public universities in the Czech Republic, other EU countries, the United States, Canada and many other countries around the world.
For the course descriptions, please see the Online Course Catalog HERE
General College Courses
- Composition II
- Introduction to Psychology
- Introduction to Philosophy
- World History I
- Computer Information Systems
- Introduction to Sociology/Introduction to Economic Thought
- Comparative Religions/Introduction to Law/Political Philosophy I
- European History II
- Introduction to Politics
- Introduction to Social Theory
- Survey of Western Arts
- Intercultural Communication
- Research Methods in Humanities and Social Sciences
- Introduction to World Literature
- Thesis Seminar
Required/Options Courses: 1 course from each group
- Visual Culture
- Eroticism, Power and Fate in the Cinema of Central Europe
- Comparative Religions
- Comparative Worldviews
- Philosophy and Society
- Psychology of Art and Culture
- Psychology – Language and the Mind
- Twentieth Century Social Theory
- Anthropology of Religion
- Subcultures: Lifestyles, Literature and Music
- Sociology of Culture
- Story of Language
- European Music History and Appreciation
- European Literature I
- European Literature II
- Czech Culture in Film and Literature
- Folklore and Mythology
- British Literature
- American Literature
- Advanced Seminar in Shakespeare
- Theatre and Politics
- 5× open elective
Exam and Assessment Regulation
AAU uses the U.S. grading and evaluation system complemented by the European Credit Transfer System (“ECTS”). For more information on assessment and related policies see the Study and Examination Code in the Academic Codex.
The B.A. in Humanities, Society and Culture program is accredited by the Czech Republic Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport thereby qualifying thereby qualifying graduates to apply for master’s programs at private and public universities in the Czech Republic, other EU countries, the United States, Canada and many other countries around the world.
AAU actively participates in the EU's Erasmus+ exchange program with over 30 European university partners. Additional exchanges exist with universities in North America, Australia, and Asia. These exchanges enable students to partially complete their studies in another country. Ask the Dean for more information on what Erasmus+ and exchange opportunities might be available.
Internship & Mentoring
All students at AAU’s School of Humanities & Social Sciences are required to complete an internship credit. The School of Humanities & Social Sciences and the Career Center offer assistance, advice and guidance to ensure that students are able to fulfill this requirement. Ask the Career Center Specialist for more information on what internship opportunities are currently available.
Required Application Documents
- English language exam certificate
- High School Diploma (only required after time of graduation)
- High School Transcript (current transcript upon application and final transcript upon graduation
- A copy of your passport
- A passport size photograph in colour
- A personal statement
- Consent to Making and Providing Copy of ID Card (Please fill this form and send it with the rest of your documents)
Please note: All documents should be in pdf formatting, named in accordance to the document content with your name included and sent as an attachment, not in the body of the email.
As soon as these documents are received and reviewed our Admissions team will be able to assist you with scheduling your Admissions interview with the Assistant Dean of the program you have applied.
If you are having trouble submitting any of the documents above, please let us know at [email protected]
How to Apply
*Please note that during the COVID-19 situation, the AAU Admissions team is still operating as usual, accepting applications and ready to support you through the application process as the situation develops.