The Department of Humanities hosts and coordinates a number of teachings, including philology, philosophy, classical languages and cultures, linguistics, Italian literature, French, Spanish and Portuguese literature. Though they involve distinct research domains and orientations, they are all connected by a common tradition of studies at the University of Florence and before then at the Institute of Higher Studies and Specialization (Istituto di studi superiori e di perfezionamento
). This has proven its fecundity for scientific research as well as for cultural transmission more generally and for higher education and teaching.
The aim of the Department is to provide the scientific and teaching facilities necessary to continue and renew this tradition of studies. To this end it seeks to make its rich disciplinary and methodological articulation functional to the ever changing and proliferating needs of the professions and of civil society.