There are over 30 subjects represented in the Faculty, which can be grouped under the study of languages, of history, of the arts, and the cultural sciences. There are over 5000 students enrolled in the Humanities, making it the largest among the University of Turku's faculties, with a staff of around 200.
Teaching in the Faculty's Departments is closely bound up with research. This research is either specific to each subject, or in some cases grouped together into broader projects. Some of the Faculty's special research areas include the Baltic Sea region, the languages and cultures of the Finnish and Finno-Ugric peoples, cultural interaction, linguistic communication, modernism in various fields of art, and the historical development and present state of social conditions in Finland.
The Faculty of Humanities at the University of Turku is a significant international research, educational and cultural community. The economic and cultural welfare of the city and the surrounding regions is also closely tied to the research and teaching carried out in the Faculty.
The University of Turku has one of the largest Faculties of Humanities in Finland, both in the number of students and in the number of subjects. Indeed, the Faculty is distinguished by its breadth of coverage: for subjects relating to the creative arts, Turku has the largest range in the country. The history teaching in the Faculty has been twice selected as a national centre of excellence.