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Humanities Programme

Do you want to understand human beings? Are you interested in culture, history, language and philosophy? If you are interested in the humanities and social sciences, this is the programme for you.

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What you will learn in the Humanities Programme

You will study people past and present. Among other things, this means you will learn more about culture and cultural heritage, literature, history and philosophy. Languages are an important part of the programme, and you will learn about the connection between language and culture. You will also develop your linguistic abilities and creativity in Swedish, English and the other languages you choose to study, honing your ability to communicate, reflect, learn, analyse and interpret.

You will study human culture and history from various perspectives and delve into the different ways people think and express themselves. You will reflect on ethical and philosophical issues and develop your ability to make an argument, draw conclusions and justify your positions. In the programme, you will practice managing and critically reviewing different types of sources.

You will develop your ability to collaborate, identify different opportunities and take the initiative. You will also practice working independently and learn to take responsibility.

At first, I didn’t really have any idea what I wanted to be, which was a bit of a downer. But then I heard about the Humanities Programme. I’ve always thought languages are so fun to learn, so it was really something that I liked from the very beginning. Now that I’ve been in the programme for three years, I think it’s the best decision I ever made.

Oskar / Humanities Programme

Intended learning outcomes

The intended learning outcomes define what a learner will have acquired and will be able to do upon successfully completing their studies in a particular upper secondary school programme.

The intended learning outcomes for the Humanities Programme (

Programme structure

In the programme structure, you can see which subjects and courses are included in the educational programme. You can also see how many credits are earned for each course.

Programme structure for the Humanities Programme (pdf)

Two different specialisations


  • You will learn about culture and aesthetic forms of expression, literature, philosophy and psychology. You will study and discuss various cultural expressions and experiences from different perspectives.


  • You will deepen your knowledge of languages and the connection between language, culture and society. You will learn about the value of language and how language skills reinforce each other.

I’d say that the coolest thing is all the languages I’ve learned. Last year I learned Latin, and I never thought I’d actually study Latin, but it was really fun. All the opportunities to learn languages are super cool.

Oskar / Humanities Programme

Diploma project

At the end of the Humanities Programme, you must complete a diploma project. You must formulate a question and plan and carry out, and then evaluate a large project that is based on important areas of knowledge within the programme.

After the programme and information about eligibility

This programme lays the foundation for further studies in humanities and social sciences subjects at the university level.

University entry requirements fulfilled upon graduation

If you want to fulfil the specific entry requirements for a particular higher education programme, it is important to plan your studies. If you want to continue your studies, it is a good idea to speak with a study and career counsellor.

Use the entry requirements viewer to see the higher education programmes which you are eligible to apply to after graduation.

Further information about upper secondary school

Further information about how upper secondary school works

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