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Humanities at the University of Toronto

Why do the Humanities Matter?

The humanities shape the way we engage our world as citizens.  By examining the cultural, historical, philosophical, linguistic and artistic dimensions of human experience, the humanities help us to understand the diversity and complexity of our world.  As distances shrink and global competition mounts, the humanities bridge cultures, engendering new relationships. The skills you get studying the humanities prepare you for success in your life and in your career.

Through improved understanding of others, the University of Toronto's humanists are helping to fight racism, work for peace, and promote environmental sustainability.  In exploring cultures from other times and other places, they offer new perspectives on the world's most pressing problems.

  • The humanities make sense of our world.
  • The humanities are uniquely capable of helping our diverse and changing communities to understand each other.
  • Humanities scholars address questions of suffering, human dignity and social justice.

The University of Toronto is a significant national and international nexus for scholarly research in the humanities. U of T is Canada's top school for the study of the Humanities and one of the best in the world, ranked 19th by the QS World University Rankings for Arts and Humanities in 2017. Humanities scholars at U of T provide a rich blend of North American and European traditions of historically and theoretically oriented research.  Faculty members recruited from around the world provide competitive training to graduate and undergraduate students in a wide range of scholarship.  Humanities teaching and research is carried out by scholars who have first-hand knowledge of the linguistic, historical, and cultural background of the literary and artistic works under study.  At U of T, literary works written in Persian or Swahili, for example, are taught by instructors with native fluency in these languages and not only in translation. Indeed, U of T offers instruction in an unparalleled 54 world  languages.  This in turn ensures that in the classroom, undergraduate and graduate students have direct access to accurate, culturally sensitive information.  This multilingual and multicultural community of scholars is exemplary to humanities scholarship on a global scale.

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