Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences

No, studying literature, languages and the humanities doesn't just lead to becoming a teacher, journalist, sociologist or translator. Here we take a closer look at these rich but little-known studies.

Lettres, Langues, Arts, Sciences Humaines

Studies in LLSHS

The humanities, languages and social sciences (LLSHS) are divided into 3 main areas:

  • humanities (classics, modern literature, language sciences, etc.)
  • languages (ancient languages, modern languages, rare languages, etc.)
  • humanities and social sciences (geography, history, philosophy, psychology, sociology, ethnology - anthropology, etc.).

You can study at a number of different establishments, depending on your level and aspirations:

  • Classes Préparatoires aux Grandes Ecoles,
  • Grandes Ecoles in the humanities, languages and social sciences (ENS, CELSA, ENSSIB, EPHE, EHESS, ENC, etc.)
  • Universities, within the faculties of Letters, Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences.


Careers after studying literature

There is a wide range of career opportunities in the humanities, languages and social sciences. These are careers that require good writing skills and a good general knowledge:

  • Jobs in books and publishing, such as editor, librarian, documentalist, archivist, etc.
  • Communication professions such as journalist, advertising executive
  • Social professions, such as psychologist, human resources employee, social worker, etc.
  • Teaching in schools, secondary education or higher education
  • Research in private or public institutes
  • Translation and interpreting
  • Cultural and heritage professions such as archaeologist, historian, curator, guide, cultural mediator, etc.