Faculty of Social Sciences,
Arts and Humanities

The Faculty was established by merging the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Faculty of Humanities and the Institute of Europe in January 2014. Long-standing traditions serve as the basis for a multidisciplinary approach to studies and research.

The Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities is committed to the development of creative personalities, local and global citizens, humanistic in spirit and technological in practice.

 
 
 
 

Integration of humanities and technologies in the faculty's study programmes makes these studies unique
Faculty's graduates, who acquire professional skills in terms of technologies used in the areas of their studies, already are superior to the graduates from other higher schools, they do not need additional studies for comprehension of complex computer equipment or software.

Internationality

Exceptional study programmes, combining technologies with social sciences, humanities and arts:
• Useful practical skills are developed while analysing real-life situations, solving real issues and performing project activities during studies.
• Up-to-date scientific and practical knowledge from Lithuania and the world, when experience is shared not only by Lithuanian, but also by foreign lecturers and professionals with practical experience in their area.
• International exchange programmes, providing possibilities of studies in more than 50 foreign universities.
• Attractive placement places in Lithuania or abroad, at organizations such as UN, UNICEF, NATO, EU, EC, embassies, "Ernst&Young", etc.

The main principles and essence of our activity are symbolised by our BRIDGE:

B for brilliance

We nurture talent, lateral thinking and creativity.

R for research

Creativity blossoms in an inspiring and challenging learning environment.

I for innovation

An inspiring and challenging learning environment joins the dots between the past and present, and outlines a path for the future .

D for democracy

A path for the future is followed by true keepers of a country.

G for globality

True keepers of the Republic are citizens of the world.

E for ethics
Citizens of the world build responsible, open and sustainable societies.

 

Department of Modern Languages and Intercultural Communication
Research areas: didactics of modern languages, digital culture and new media language, comparative linguistics, translation.

Department of Educational Studies
Research areas: higher education didactics, education, management, educational innovations, educational and learning environments, learning cities and organizations.

Department of Philosophy and Psychology
Research areas: media philosophy, theory of communication, applied ethics, creativity and leadership, social competence, emotional intelligence, workplace bullying, psychosocial risk factors in organizations.

Department of Audiovisual Arts
Research areas: music aesthetics, musical semiotics, music psychology, experimental music, acoustics, music software, history of audiovisual arts, cinema music and sound effects.

Institute of Public Policy and Administration
Research areas: public policy, public administration, sociology and law.

Service provider for the Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA)

Institute of Europe
Research area: European Integration processes and their influence on the functioning of various economic subjects. Pursues consulting and educative activities related with European integration processes.

International Semiotics Institute
Designs and produces research about humanities in conjunction with other fields of inquiry, social progress within the context of creativity and lateral thinking, the institute designs and produces research about humanities in conjunction with other fields of inquiry, social progress and cultural heritage.

Faculty service centres:

Centre of Educational Competence organises training workshops and seminars for teachers, specialists of social and educational work, as well as professionals from other fields; it develops modern learning resources, and participates in a number of national and international projects.

Municipal Training Centre delivers training programmes for civil servants, provides consultation and information services in various public administration fields with the aim of strengthening local governance.

Centre of Foreign Languages is a certified centre for international exams, which develops and provides high quality tailor-made language tuition services to the students and staff of the university, as well as private businesses, public sector organisations and individuals. The centre also offers flexible individualised support  and language training solutions.

Centre for French Culture organises French language courses and events for the academic community, youth, art lovers and people interested in French and European culture.

Building at K. Donelaičio str. 50 / A. Mickevičiaus str. 37. Massive two and a half storey building catches the eye on the corner on Donelaičio and Mickevičiaus streets. It is known as the First Chamber of the University of Lithuania.

First Chamber of the University of Lithuania dates back to:
On February 16, 1922 University of Lithuania was established in Kaunas on the basis of Higher Courses. On March 24, 1922 Constituent Assembly approved statute of the University of Lithuania and from then on the building of the University of Lithuania was the main and only Chamber of the University of Lithuania for five years (until 1927). Since 1927 it was called the First Chamber. It was occupied by Rectorate, Faculty of Law and auditoriums of Faculties of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. In this building there is Great Hall of the University (Aula), where University's and Senate's formal meetings have taken place.

The following Rectors worked at this Chamber and created the history of the University of Lithuania:

  • Professor Jonas Šimkus (1873–1944), University's Rector 1922–1923
  • Professor Vincas Čepinskis (1871–1940), University's Rector 1923–1924
  • Professor Pranciškus Petras Būčys (1872–1951), University's Rector 1924–1925
  • Professor Petras Avižonis (1875–1939), University's Rector 1925–1926
  • Professor Mykolas Biržiška (1882–1962), University's Rector 1926–1927
  • Professor Mykolas Romeris (1880–1945), University's Rector 1927–1928 

This Chamber is very significant scientifically and culturally, since right from the beginning it became the main centre of intellectual and cultural life in Lithuania. The following prominent public figures created, worked and taught here:

  • Zigmas Žemaitis, Lithuanian physicist, mathematician, aviator, public figure. Remarkable
  • personality for the University, professor, who organized Higher Courses in 1920 and was Head and lecturer of Higher Courses for one year from January 27, 1920. One of the first professors of the University of Lithuania, Dean of Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences from March 10, 1922 till 1940.
  • Jonas Gudaitis-Vabalas, Lithuanian educator, psychologist, public figure and free thinker. One of the organizers of Higher Courses in 1920, lecturer of general psychology at this institution, established the first laboratory of experimental psychology in Lithuania. Deputy Head of Higher Courses in 1920, Head in 1921–1922. Since 1922 lecturer of the University of Lithuania, since 1927 professor, Head of Department of Pedagogy at Faculty of Humanities.
  • Petras Leonas, Lithuanian attorney, lawyer, professor of law, public and political figure, first Minister of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania. 1920–1922 taught subjects of political economy and law at Higher Courses, Head of Office of Legal Affairs. Since 1922 professor of the University of Lithuania, 1922–1933 Dean of Faculty of Law. Initiator of establishment of Jonas Basanavičius Foundation in 1927.
  • Petras Šalčius, Lithuanian economist, theoretician and practitioner of co-operation, professor, press collaborator. Since 1922 associate professor of Department of Economy at Faculty of Law of the University of Lithuania, acquired professor degree in 1935.
  • Vladas Jurgutis, priest, pioneer of federation "Ateitis", Doctor of Economics, professor, organizer and manager of Bank of Lithuania, unofficially considered a "father" of Litas. In 1922 – Minister of Foreign Affairs. In 1922 – representative of First Assembly. Since 1925 lecturer at the University of Lithuania, extraordinary, ordinary professor.
  • Augustinas Janulaitis, specialist in jurisprudence, publicist, historian in law and literature, political figure. Since 1922 Head of Department of History at Faculty of Law of the University of Lithuania, in 1924 – ordinary professor, in 1932 – Honorary Doctor, in 1935 – Dean in Kaunas.
  • Antanas Kriščiukaitis-Aišbė – writer, specialist in jurisprudence, professor, first Chairman of Lithuanian Tribunal. Since 1923 professor of Faculty of Law at the University of Lithuania, lecturer of criminal law. Prepared a project of the Law on Criminal Proceedings and a course of criminal proceedings for students.
  • Vaclovas Biržiška – cultural historian, political figure, attorney, specialist in jurisprudence and administrative law, professor of the University of Lithuania, Dean of Faculty of Law, Head of Department of Administrative Law, since 1930 – ordinary professor.
  • Albinas Rimka, economist, statistician, publicist, figure of Lithuanian press, political and public life. 1923–1926 performed academic work, associate professor of statistics, economic policy and history of public economics at the University of Lithuania. Minister of Finance at III Cabinet of Ministers of Mykolas Sleževičius from June 15 till December 17, 1926.
  • Antanas Tumėnas, attorney, Lithuanian political and public figure. 1920 – 1922 representative of Constituent Assembly. 1920 – 1921 representative of Small Assembly. 1922 – 1923 and 1923 – 1926 representative of First and Second Assembly, respectively. 1923 – 1923 Chairman of Second Assembly. 1923 –1925 Minister of Justice. 1924 – 1925 Prime Minister of X Cabinet of Ministers and Minister of Justice, until 1924 Manager of Ministry of the Interior. 1920–1921 lecturer of Higher Courses, from February 16, 1922 lecturer of the University of Lithuania, associate professor.
  • Prominent Lithuanian public figure Teodoras Daukantas, Lithuanian political and military figure, Brigadier General, from 1936 Lieutenant General is remembered at the First Chamber of the University of Lithuania. T. Daukantas taught geography at the University of Lithuania in 1925–1930. His lectures promoted the importance of the Baltic sea and seamanship in the Republic of Lithuania.
  • In 1927-1930 a student of Slavic studies at the First Chamber of the University of Lithuania. Historian of Lithuanian art, museum specialist, literary critic Petras Juodelis.
  • Following the idea, expressed by prof. Mykolas Biržiška in 1937 that "University is for science and science is for society. Freedom of science and its creative work, <...>, work in social service for Homeland, society and mankind – these are University's guidelines", it can be stated that First Chamber of the University of Lithuania is a cradle of science, the medium, a place of active work and participation of great Lithuanian scientists, who were active in public, social and political areas, as German philosopher Oswald Spengler referred to them – "nation's gardeners". Philosopher states that "great people of the state are nation's educators".

Now Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities is established at the First Chamber and all academic community can proudly state: these ancestors are "my strength" (C. Milosz).

Dean's word

Today the new waves of technological revolution have a very direct and profound impact on us all. They transform our societies, washing e-government, social media, virtual art, digital language and culture onto the shores of ancient traditions and social norms. This clash of old and new prompts us to explore the continuous development of societies and countries, to understand the evolution of ideas and the ever-changing means of their expression.

If you are a curious and ambitious person eager to position yourself at the frontlines of social sciences or arts and humanities, you are most welcome to join our team! Together we will explore places still fresh with the smell of intellectual gunpowder, places where acquired skills become tools to expand the borders of knowledge, where yet unexplored ideas pave ways to the careers of the future.

Music, politics, linguistics, education, languages, sociology… If you are interested in any or all of these subjects, please join the Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities and find your own academic path. In turn, we promise to assist you on your journey!

Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities
Ainius Lašas