Humanities Programme

The Humanities Programme leads to a diploma that provides eligibility for higher education. The programme is intended for students who wish to work in the humanities and social sciences.

Humanistiska Vägledningswebben

The programme lays the foundations for further studies in humanistic and social science subjects in higher education.

Two different orientations


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


  • You deepen your knowledge of languages, and the relationship between language, culture and You learn about the value of language, and how knowledge of one language reinforces knowledge of other languages.

This is what you learn from the programme

You study people both in the past and the present enabling you to learn more about culture and cultural heritage, literature, history and philosophy. Language is important in the programme and you learn about intercultural issues and about relationships between language and culture. You also develop your confidence and creativity in Swedish, English and the other languages you choose to study in order to communicate, reflect, learn, analyse and interpret.

How the programme is organised

In the Humanities Programme, the foundation subjects are: English, history, physical education and health, mathematics, natural sciences, religion, social studies, Swedish or Swedish as a second language. In the programmes preparatory for higher education, you study more theoretical courses than in the vocational programmes.

The programme specific subjects are: philosophy, modern languages and human languages.

You get the opportunity to specialise and further broaden your knowledge in the programme. This is referred to as ”programme specialisation”. It can cover subjects such as: geography, classical languages, mathematics, modern languages, media communication, pedagogy, psychology and sociology. Check with the school to find out what specialisation courses it offers.

You also have an individual option where you can choose what you want to study. Ask the school what courses it provides.

Working approaches

In the programme you develop your skills in handling and critically examining different types of source material. You study human behaviour from different perspectives, and understand the different ways people use to think and express themselves. You develop your ability to argue, draw conclusions and give reasons for your views. You reflect on ethical and philosophical issues.

You develop your ability to cooperate, see different opportunities and take initiatives. You learn to work independently and take responsibility.

Diploma project

Towards the end of the Humanities Programme, you complete a diploma project. In this you formulate a set of questions, plan, carry out and assess extended work based on some important knowledge areas in the programme.

Some points to think about

To be eligible for a specific education programme in higher education, it is important that you plan your studies in advance. Talk to your study and vocational guidance counsellor if you want to continue your studies in higher education.

You always have the right to choose another course in physical education and health, and an aesthetic course in the individual option.

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Senast uppdaterad 27 mars 2020