A brief history of the Faculty


Since 1962 degree programmes in arts, humanities and social sciences have been markedly present in Szombathely’s higher education which started in 1959. In addition to the training of lower primary school teachers, the degree programme for public educators and library studies was also started. Enhanced by majors Russian, Hungarian Language and Literature, and History in the early 1970s, the training profile of the College made it clear that Szombathely was striving to act as a centre of humanities research and training in Western Hungary. Another step was taken in this direction when in 1990, already in a separate building at Berzsenyi Square, further philology departments, including the ones for English, German, French, Italian and Uralian Studies, were added to enhance the range of trainings on offer.

In 1992 the College underwent a structural change to establish Faculties. From the very beginning on, the Institute for Philology has been working to upgrade its training programmes to university level, i.e., MA equivalent degree programmes. In 1998 and in 1999 the General, Applied and the Finno-Ugrian Linguistics and the majors International Studies were given the go-ahead to start university level, i.e., MA equivalent degree programmes.

The renovation and extension of the building at Berzsenyi Square allowed the housing of the Department of European Studies and the European Documentation Centre and Library of the Institute for Social and European Studies. The establishment of the Faculty of the Arts (BTK) was stipulated by a governmental decree effective as of 1st January, 2002. Together with two other Faculties in Szombathely, the Faculty was integrated into the ten-faculty University of Western Hungary as of 1st January, 2008.