Faculty of Humanities: Our History

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Faculty of Humanities: Our History

The origins of the current College of Humanities date back to the birth of the Bachelor’s Degree in Geography and History, whose first cycle began to be taught within the old University College Rábida, attached to the University of Sevilla, in the 1977-1978 academic year. The progressive integration of this College as a centre of the University of Sevilla culminated in February 1989, with the creation of the College of Social and Juridical Sciences, to which the degrees of Geography and History, Law, Business Administration and Social Work were assigned.

In the context of this new College, the Bachelor’s Degree in English Philology began to be taught in the 1989-1990 academic year, until the following year 1990-1991, when these studies along with Geography and History and the different Teacher Specializations became part of the new College of Humanities and Educational Sciences.

After the creation of the University of Huelva in October 1993, the College of Humanities and Educational Sciences was the first to be moved to the premises in Campus El Carmen, particularly to the current pavilions 1 to 6. The Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities and the Bachelor’s Degree in History began to be taught in this location, as replacements for the Bachelor’s Degree in Geography and History.

After the split up of the College of Humanities and Educational Sciences, the new College of Humanities was founded on September 6th, 1996. Its first Deans were, firstly, the Honorable Mr. José María Feria Toribio and then, the Honorable Mr. Luis Gómez Canseco. The centre continued being located in the building of what is now the College of Educational Sciences until the inauguration of the current building in pavilions 11 and 12 on Campus El Carmen on March 6th, 2000, with the Honorable Mrs. Encarnación Lemus López as its Dean.

In the academic year 2005-2006, its Dean being the honorable Mr. Fernando Navarro Antolín, began the progressive replacement of the first cycle of the Degree in Humanities with the new Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish Philology, whose first class finished in 2010-2011, when the new degrees were introduced. It is precisely in the year 2010-2011, its Dean being the Honorable Mr. Zenón Luis Martínez, when the Degrees in History, Spanish Philology and English Studies started, substituting the Bachelor’s Degrees in History, Spanish Philology and English Philology respectively, which in turn, initiated their process of extinction that year. This offer was complemented in 2011-2012, when an agreement of mutual recognition was made, allowing the students to take the Double Degree in English Studies and Spanish Philology so that they can obtain two degrees in a 5-year-period.

The offer of degrees was completed, with the Honorable Mr. Juan M. Campos Carrasco as the College Dean, with the introduction of the Degree in Cultural Management (with on-site and blended learning modalities) in 2012-2013 and the Degree in Humanities in 2013-2014.

In 2013-2014 the official Master’s degrees, which to date had depended on the Office of Postgraduate Studies, started to be managed by the centre, shaping its current offer of degrees.

Pages 4 and 5 of our College’s creation report, elaborated in the first months of 1996, read as follows:

Regardless of the social demand, from the labour perspective, of their own degrees, these do not have an exclusive professional teleology: they rather maintain a spirit of integral education of human beings in their historic, linguistic, geographic and philosophic aspects

After these years, those of us who want to maintain the spirit of the declaration to which we owe our existence, do that in the belief that time provides us with some new perspectives: integral and vocational humanistic training must be also oriented to a wide range of professional possibilities that our degrees possess, and of which we must make our students and graduates aware. More than any other discipline, the Humanities are past, present and future at the same time.