Facultad de Filosofía y Letras (UNAM)

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Facultad de Filosofía y Letras (Faculty of Philosophy and Literature) (UNAM)
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Seal of the UNAM's Faculty of Philosophy and Literature
Established 1910
Type Faculty
President Gloria Villegas, PhD.
Location Mexico City,  Mexico
Colors Black & Red        
Website [1]

The Facultad de Filosofía y Letras (Faculty of Philosophy and Literature) or FFyL of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) administers both 11 humanism and science based majors; it has both undergraduate and graduate studies. It is one of the biggest and most renowned literature faculties in the Spanish-speaking world. It is the Alma Mater of Nobel Laureate Octavio Paz and a number of other important figures in Latin American literature.


The direct ancestor of this Faculty is the High Studies National School, founded in 1910 by order of Justo Sierra as an attempt to establish a school where higher level specializations in every research field would be formed. The Faculty itself was created 14 years later hosting 4 majors, Sciences, Philosophy, Literature and Historic Sciences. It has since become one of the most dynamic schools in the UNAM, with the addition of new majors and removal of its science studies branch.[1]

Organization & Departments[edit]

The Faculty is run by the Faculty dean, currently PhD Gloria Villegas Moreno.

It is divided into 11 main divisions, each of one administers a major called colleges (Spanish: Colegios):

  • History
  • Classics
  • Pedagogy
  • Latin American Studies
  • Hispanic Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Geography
  • Theater and Drama Literature
  • Modern Literature (Italian, German, French, Portuguese and English)
  • Library Science
  • Intercultural Development and Management

Location and facilities[edit]

The Faculty is located in Ciudad Universitaria in Mexico City, nearby the Faculty of Law and the Main Library.

It is housed in one main complex. Additionally it conducts joint research with research centers such as the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas (IIE).

Graduate programs[edit]

Graduate programs are offered in each of the divisions. It also offers programs with other faculties and institutes all over the country.

Political Activism[edit]

The Faculty (along with the Science Faculty) has a notorious image within UNAM for activism; during the 1999 strike, it kept the strike longer than any other Faculty. To this day, the Faculty's main performing arts space, the Justo Sierra Theatre, remains "occupied" by members of the group that led the strike, inhabiting the premises and refusing to relinquish their control to University authorities. That same group often will close the entire Faculty (effectively preventing the nearly 8,000 students from attending classes), regardless of the fact that most students are frequently quite vocal in their opposition to such measures.[citation needed]

Important characters[edit]

Some of the most important figures of Mexican and Spanish language literature, culture and philosophy who have either graduated from this Faculty or worked therein are:


External links[edit]

  • [2], official website (Spanish)