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The School of Humanities comprises of three diverse disciplines that interpret human culture and behaviour from different perspectives and periods, and help you understand your own experience, identity and values.

The Humanities equip us to understand what it means to be human, to challenge conventional wisdom, to shape our culture and society, and to be resilient in a rapidly changing world.

How can Humanities at Reading make a difference?

We take a personal approach to help you excel in your chosen field of study. With teaching often in small groups from leading academics; progressive research and a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education programmes of study, we share your passion for Humanities and will support you throughout your time with us to develop your knowledge and experience.

Joining our School and your chosen department will give you first-hand access to a plethora of artefacts, local archives and special collections housed on-site at our own Ure Museum and the Museum of English Rural Life.

Our links to the ancient world extend beyond the university, which is located just a short journey away from the National Archives in Kew and The British Museum in London. 

Department of Classics

At Reading, we go beyond the traditional realms of the ancient world to include themes and regions not traditionally studied within a Classics Department, offering you a wide range of expertise. 

Department of History

Join us on a journey around the globe. Unlock people, places and perspectives otherwise impossible to access in one lifetime. 

Department of Philosophy

Think logically, evaluate arguments critically and challenge your own views and those of other people with our stimulating Philosophy study programmes.

Learn more about our School

The School's strong links with University of Reading research centres and collections provide students with every opportunity to widen their knowledge not just within, but beyond the academic environment.

Research and activities

Our Departments are committed to an intensive programme of research that puts them at the forefront of their fields and is embedded in our teaching.

Museums and Research Centres

Find out more about our Museums and Research Centres.

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