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Dean’s Welcome

Welcome to Faculty of Humanities and Letters!

The topics studied and taught by the members of the Faculty of Humanities and Letters (nearly 80 teaching and research staff) cover diverse areas from cultural studies and literature through to history, philosophy, and archeology. Most of the students at Bilkent take at least one course from our faculty during their undergraduate studies. Humanities courses provided by the Cultures, Civilizations and Ideas program are taken by students from Engineering, Science, Management, Psychology and Law. Similarly, students from the Faculty of Law, as well as the departments of International Relations and Political Science and Public Administration, are required to take two courses from the Department of Philosophy during their undergraduate studies. This reflects the importance that the university places on producing well-rounded students, who are familiar with ideas and arguments that they might not come across in their own area of study. In addition, the majority of Bilkent students take Foreign Language courses either as an elective, or as a requirement for their degree.

Research publications by our faculty members deal with many important questions regarding the evolution of thought and civilization throughout the history of mankind, as well as contemporary cultural affairs. This intellectual endeavor is crucial to development of new ideas on the difficult questions that we face today. I warmly invite you to visit our departmental web pages to learn more about the research conducted by our faculty members and graduate students.

Hitay Özbay, Acting Dean