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Bachelor in Humanities

Imagen Humanidades
4 years (240 ECTS credits)

Vice Dean for the Bachelor: Daniel Andreas Verdú Schumann


One of the Humanities degree’s objectives is to train professionals capable of understanding the events taking place in the world today and to tackle the problems and issues of our time with a critical approach. Graduates will acquire the knowledge necessary to direct their futures working in national and international foundations and institutions in culture, thought, politics or humanitarian intervention, companies engaged in communication or in human resources, and institutions and companies in the fields of education and culture, doing so as teachers, creators, managers, advisors or critics. 

This degree provides students with extensive knowledge, inter alia, in the fields of culture, communication, human resources, humanitarian politics and international studies. The program’s knowledge and analysis perspective offers a very effective way to pursue more specialised postgraduate studies in different fields. It also provides the students with the possibility of interning in important companies and institutions in this sector, where they will gain hands-on training and professional experience.

Employability and profesional internships

UC3M has agreements with over 3000 companies and institutions in which students can undertake internships and access job openings.

A total of 93.4 % of graduates from this University enter the job market the first year after finishing their studies, according to the 2019 XXIV Estudio de Inserción Profesional (Professional Placement Study).


International Excellence

QS Europe Ranking
QS Graduate Employability Ranking
The Global University Employability Ranking and Survey
Erasmus Plus


  • Language requirement: a B2 level of English language must be accredited before finishing the studies. More information.

Year 1 - Semester 2

General subjects
Classics Culture6BCSpanish
Medieval History6CSpanish
History of Philosophy I6BCSpanish
Theory of Literature6CSpanish

Year 3 - Semester 1

General subjects
The modern history of Spain6CSpanish
Social Theory6CSpanish
Electives: Recommended 6 creditsNo dataNo dataNo data

Year 3 - Semester 2

General subjects
Discourse Analysis6CSpanish
Contemporary history of Spain6CSpanish
Logic and Argumentation6CSpanish
Electives: Recommended 12 creditsNo dataNo dataNo data

Year 4 - Semester 1

General subjects
Science and historic change6CSpanish
History of the todayŽs world6CSpanish
Contemporary literary movements6CSpanish
Electives: Recommended 12 creditsNo dataNo dataNo data
Electives to choose: total 42 ETCS credits
History of Theatre6ESpanish
Contemporary trends in philosophy6ESpanish
Knowledge Society6ESpanish
International Society6ESpanish
History of Cinema6ESpanish
History of America6ESpanish







BC: Basic Core
C: Compulsory
E: Electives
BT: Bachelor Thesis








  • Exchange programs

    Exchange programs

    The Erasmus programme permits UC3M first degree and post graduate students to spend one or several terms at one of the European universities with which UC3M has special agreements or take up an Erasmus Placement, that is a work placement or internship at an EU company. These exchanges are funded with Erasmus Grants which are provided by the EU and the Spanish Ministry of Education.

    The non-european mobility program enables UC3M degree students to study one or several terms in one of the international universities with which the university has special agreements. It also has funding from the Banco Santander and the UC3M.

    These places are offered in a public competition and are awarded to students with the best academic record and who have passed the language threshold  (English, French, German etc..) requested by the university of destination.

  • European mobility

    European mobility

  • Non european mobility

    Non european mobility

Profile and career opportunities

  • Entry profile

    Entry profile

    Students considering a degree in Humanities should have sufficient knowledge of the Spanish language, oral and written skills and IT skills to be able to access information and they should also know at least one foreign language. Equally, it is essential that they show a curiosity for history, thought, culture and art in their various manifestations and a liking for reading and writing. An interest in culture should be combined with an equally vital interest in the contemporary world, with an awareness of its problems and contradictions, to which Humanities can perhaps provide some answers. Finally, Humanities students, like all students, should be conscious of the responsibility they hold as agents of social improvement.

  • Graduate profile

    Graduate profile

    The degree in Humanities will prepare graduates to:

    •     Make use of the ideas studied from an interdisciplinary perspective.
    •     Be incorporated into transdisciplinary teams, contributing with a flexible and open attitude.
    •     Design projects for human and environmental development in public and private organizations.
    •     Advise public and private institutions.
    •     Participate directly in debates about ideas, with a critical perspective.
    •     Participate independently and responsibly in organizations of a political and social nature.
    •     Collaborate in compiling information for the media.
    •     Join international organizations involved in research, education and the transfer of Spanish culture.
    •     Become part of the education system as teachers at the secondary school and higher education levels.
    •     Teach foreign students and teach abroad.
    •     Participate in publishing projects and promote companies specializing in culture and the arts.

    General skills of the Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities

    Basic Skills

    CB1        Students have demonstrated possession and understanding of knowledge in an area of study that builds on the foundation of general secondary education, and is usually at a level that, while relying on advanced textbooks, also includes some aspects that involve knowledge from the cutting edge of their field of study.

    CB2        Students are able to apply their knowledge to their work or vocation in a professional manner and possess the competences usually demonstrated through the development and defence of arguments and problem solving within their field of study. 

    CB3        Students have the ability to gather and interpret relevant data (usually within their field of study) in order to make judgements which include reflection on relevant social, scientific or ethical issues.

    CB4       Students should be able to communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.

    CB5       Students will have developed the learning skills necessary to undertake further study with a high degree of autonomy.


    General Skills

    CG1       Acquire the essential knowledge of the various subjects of the humanities disciplines: History, Art, Philosophy, Literature, Spanish Language, Languages, Geography and Classical Culture; of their epistemological evolution and of the relationship of each one with related scientific disciplines, starting from the knowledge acquired in secondary education and up to a level that guarantees knowledge of the state-of-the-art in the study of the Humanities.

    CG2       To develop the linguistic and cultural competences of their community language.

    CG3       Acquire the different methods of analysis, synthesis, research and thought corresponding to the humanities disciplines studied.

    CG4       Learning to produce ¿knowledge¿ related to the various humanities subjects.

    CG5      Knowing how to approach humanistic problems and content from a rigorous and effective interdisciplinary perspective.

    CG6       Acquiring the ability to introduce and apply critical thinking when analysing information, data, ideas, opinions and concepts related to the world of the Humanities.

    CG7       To acquire the ability to prioritise and select ideas, opinions, data and information.

    CG8       Acquiring the ability to tackle problems and provide solutions concerning issues related to humanities disciplines.

    CG9       Acquiring and developing the information and knowledge management skills inherent to the technological environment, inherent to the contemporary world, in which their studies are carried out and in which they will be employed after obtaining the degree.

    CG10     To have developed the necessary learning skills to be able to undertake professional work and postgraduate studies with a high degree of autonomy.


    Transversal Skills

    CT1        Being able to work in multidisciplinary and international teams and to organise and plan work, making the right decisions based on the information available, gathering and interpreting relevant data to make judgements and critical thinking within the area of study.

    CT2        To be able to correctly explain and write a topic or compose a discourse following a logical order, providing accurate information and in accordance with established grammatical and lexical rules.

    CT3        Be able to assess the reliability and quality of information and its sources, using such information in an ethical manner, avoiding plagiarism, and in accordance with the academic and professional conventions of the area of study

    CT4        To be able to engage in lifelong autonomous learning, enabling adaptation to new situations.

    CT5        To be able to handle interpersonal skills on initiative and responsibility, negotiation, emotional intelligence, etc. as well as calculation tools that allow the consolidation of the basic technical skills required in any professional field.


    Specific Skills

    CE1        Knowing and being able to define and relate the concepts, limits and sources of the subjects concerning humanistic disciplines, as well as knowing the main lines of work and analysis of history, geography, culture, thought and language.

    CE2        Knowing and being able to interpret texts, materials and creations linked to the world of thought, history, geography, theoretical reflection, culture and art, through their correct spatio-temporal contextualisation.

    CE3        Being able to identify and analyse common processes, throughout history, in the relations between society and its intellectual, artistic and cultural productions.

    CE4        Being able to produce analytical texts, essays and reports with rigour and applying a scientific method in accordance with good research and professional practices

    CE5        To be able to apply rigorous and effective methods of analysis to understand situations, processes, conflicts and problems in today's world in order to enrich common points of view and opinions.

    CE6        To be able to relate the theoretical knowledge acquired with other forms of artistic and intellectual expression, through the application of the interpretative skills acquired in the degree studies.

    CE7        Learning and being able to apply the interdisciplinary approach of the degree in related disciplines, both in the world of culture and in the world of thought, communication, historical and geographical studies and creation and representation.

    CE8        Being able to link and apply the knowledge and skills acquired to tools and media based on the use of new technologies.

    CE9        Being able to adapt and apply the knowledge and skills acquired in professional and business projects, individual or collective, linked to the world of culture, communication, education and cooperation.

    CE10      Knowing how to analyse, develop and defend individually a problem in the disciplinary field of the degree, applying the knowledge, skills, tools and strategies acquired or developed in it.

    Learning Outcomes of the Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities

    RA1. Have acquired advanced theoretical and practical knowledge and demonstrated an understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects and working methodologies of the Humanities, so as to achieve a high level of knowledge generation.

    RA2. Be able, by means of arguments or procedures developed and supported by themselves, to apply their knowledge, understanding and problem-solving skills in complex areas concerning the Humanities, including specialised professional activities requiring the use of creative and innovative ideas.

    RA3. Have the ability to collect and interpret data and information on which to base their conclusions, including, where necessary and relevant, reflection on social, scientific or ethical issues in the field of the Humanities.

    RA4. Be able to cope with complex situations or those requiring the development of new solutions in the academic, professional or work environment within the field of the Humanities.

    RA5. Know how to communicate knowledge, methodologies, ideas, problems and solutions in the field of the Humanities to all types of audiences (specialised or not) in a clear and precise manner, as well as to provide quality information and diagnoses related to Humanities subjects.

    RA6. To be able to identify their own training needs in order to develop activities related to the humanities in work or professional environments, as well as to organise their own learning with a high degree of autonomy in all kinds of contexts, whether structured or not.

  • External internships

    External internships

    This is a selection where students of this degree can do their internships:

    • Departamento de Visitas del Palacio de la Bolsa de madrid
    • Fundación Largo Caballero
    • Unidad de Funcionarios Internacionales del Ministerio de Asuntos exteriores, Unión Europea y Cooperación
    • Biblioteca Nacional de España
    • Arrebato Libros 
    • Metalocus
  • Career opportunities

    Career opportunities

    The main professional opportunities for these graduates are: education, cultural management in the administration and in other institutions, in the specialization of the subjects taught, in the publishing world, in the audiovisual and written media, etc.

    Graduates of this degree program will focus their professional activity on the following areas:

    • Elaboration and implementation of human and environmental development projects in public and private organizations.
    • Advice to public and private institutions related to culture, thought, politics or humanitarian management.
    • Positions of responsibility in political and social organizations.
    • Collaboration in companies in the field of communication for the development of information.
    • Collaboration in international organizations linked to research, education and transfer of Spanish culture.
    • Teaching and research.
    • Participation in publishing projects.
    • Creation of cultural spaces.
    • Promotion of companies specialized in arts and culture.

Study in english

Studies with some courses in English

This bachelor's degree is offered in spanish, but you can study some courses in english if you want.

You can check the courses offered in english in the study program.

You don't need a previous level test. If you want to study a course in english, you have to select the english group in the enrollment.

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