Fields of competence:
- Romanian literature (inter-war and contemporary)
- Romanian and European history of modern literary criticism (sec. XIX-XX)
- The theory of cultural patterns
igher education in the Humanities was established in Sibiu in 1969 under the stimulating patronage of “Babes-Bolyai” University of Cluj-Napoca. In the period before 1990 it produced 15 generations of alumni and, after a 3-year discontinuity between 1987-1990, it re-emerged under the aegis of the newly founded University of Sibiu, named after the distinguished national philosopher and scholar Lucian Blaga in 1995.
The study of Modern Languages at LBUS has constantly grown and diversified since its re-launching in the 1990s, first along the lines of traditional undergraduate degree programmes in German, English and Romanian, that were soon to be complemented by new programmes in French, Modern Applied Languages (English, German and French), all accredited by the Ministry of Education and Research. Beginning with 2006 and accredited in 2007, the undergraduate programme Librarianship and the Science of Information has carried on the studies in the field of librarianship. In addition to the existing humanistic subject areas, new degree programmes in Dramatic Art and Theatre Management have been designed, both subjects being successfully accredited by the Ministry.
Postgraduate degree programmes have also known a significant development, LBUS offering 2-year MA degrees in different study areas. The Faculty of Letters and Arts runs a number of fifteen accredited MA programmes focusing on professionalization, research and complementariness.
Worth mentioning, too, are the five doctoral programmes, which the Faculty of Letters and Arts runs in the field of British and American Literature, Romanian Language, Romanian Literature and German Literature.
Beginning with the academic year 2005-2006, the curricular profile of humanistic education at LBUS underwent restructuring along the following three study-cycles: three-year BA studies, 2-year MA studies and 3-year Ph.D. studies, in keeping with the Bologna Declaration on the European Space for Higher Education and the 288/2004 Romanian National Education Law.
Moreover, the teaching staff of the Faculty of Letters and Arts conduct their research work within two centres: The Centre for Philological and Intercultural Research and The “C. Peter Magrath” Centre for Intercultural Studies.
The Faculty of Letters and Arts also hosts the Modern Languages Centre, an independent unit pursuing distinct goals, that was established in 2004 and that offers alternative language training to specialists and non-specialists, working closely with members of the Faculty of Letters and Arts.
The Faculty of Letters and Art hosts the Confucius Institute where students can attend classes in Chinese language and culture.
Foreign professors from Germany, the United Kingdom, Austria and France carry on their activity within the lectureships hosted by our institution and supported by the diplomatic missions and the cultural centres of the respective countries in Bucharest.
Both the teaching staff and the students in the faculty of Letters and Arts gain to a significant extent from the Erasmus mobility programmes, as well as from the institutional partnerships with prestigious universities in Germany, Austria, Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, Denmark and Greece.
The Philology section organizes every year several prestigious symposia with national and international participation. Mention should be made of the “Emil Cioran” International Symposium, Tagung der Germanisten, East-West Cultural Passage, The American Week, Les Journées de la Francophonie, the “Lucian Blaga” National Student Symposium (held in honour of Lucian Blaga, the patron of our university), as well as the Student Symposium “Cultures in Transit.”