The Faculty of Philosophy was founded in 1995 as a structure of
the South-West University "Neofit Rilski". In 1999 the former
Medico-Pedagogical Faculty of the University joined up the Faculty
of Philosophy. Today it offers Bachelor, Master and PhD degree
programs. The diversity of the degree programs reflects the general
aim to attract the best students and to inspire original and
innovative research across a wide range of disciplines.
Qualification as a Secondary School Teacher is available as a
complementary study program in Philosophy.
One of the fundamental goals of the Faculty is to develop
students` competence in the acquiring of complex arguments, the
analysis of practical issues, logical thought, comparative
analytical techniques, scientific research skills, and effective
communication, using a range of teaching methods. The students
approach the object of their study via theoretical and analytical
methodologies. Another goal of entire training process is to ensure
that graduates learn to associate a knowledge of the subject matter
with an ability to understand, explain and evaluate old and new
theories, expectations and concepts.
Academic life at the Faculty is built upon the principle of unity
between teaching and research. It necessarily engenders a special
commitment to encouraging upcoming generations of scholars. The
academic staff of the Faculty continue to broaden the horizons of
knowledge, skills and research by building relationships which link
diverse local, national and international communities of scholars.
Much of the external funding attracted by the Faculty is devoted to
support this aim. Students are involved in most of the projects.
Distinguished foreign scholars are teaching and doing research on
regular basis in different scientific areas at the Faculty. Thus,
the Faculty remains at the forefront of teaching and research in
the humanities and social sciences.
The courses at the Faculty are taught in close connection with
developments in other academic courses, both in sciences and in
arts. Most of the professors also conduct lectures and seminars to
students from other faculties of the University, and other
Bulgarian and European universities. Thus studies stress on the
theoretical systems themselves, but also to the scientific,
literary or political context.
The Faculty has excellent LLP Erasmus relations with many
partners from EU countries - Germany, Austria, Spain, etc. The
Faculty also organizes many national and international scientific
conferences, workshops, round tables, etc.
The Faculty of Philosophy is one of the leading faculties at the
University in the running international projects as FP-7,
Erasmus LLP, etc. Most of the staff members participate in many
international projects and initiatives funded by the European
Commission, the World Bank, foundations and many other donor
Last modified: 2013-09-26