College of Humanities
The College offers a B.A. according to specialization for undergraduate study and an MA for graduate study in the fields of History and Kurdish Language and English Language. It is also awards Ph.D Degrees in Modern and Medieval History and Kurdish Language
The University of Duhok is committed to the task of building a new Kurdish Society. Hence, interest is focused on preserving Kurdish national awareness by encouraging the use of the Kurdish language, preservation of Kurdish art, and acknowledgment of the history of the Kurdish people. To this end, the founding of the College of Arts in 1994 was essential to successfully accomplish this undertaking.
The need for efficient English interpreters and translators in government and private agencies prompted the development of the department of English Language in 1996. The department of English is also responsible for teaching English throughout the University of Duhok and runs extensive English Language courses for the teaching and administrative staff of the university and other governmental agencies. To fill the gaps in the teaching staff of Duhok's ministry of Education, the department of Geography was opened in 2005.
Since the opening of the college, it has been engaged in development, maintenance, services, and information technology. The educational environment is tailored to meet the needs of students and provide them with a variety of professional skills. The college employs modern teaching methods and has research and computing facilities to train students to look ahead and meet the needs of the future.
1- Graduation of cadres that are able to serve the society effectively by following the established scientific courses supporting theory and practical side by side, ensuring qualified teaching cadres and securing modern scientific references in addition to college's efforts for expanding and developing its scientific laboratories, plus training of students on the practical side to convert studying to a palpable fact serving and completing theoretical side.
2- Graduation of instruction cadres (M.Sc. and Ph.D.) for preparing the futuristic cadres whom will complete the strategic plans of college in research and academic fields.
3- Activation of research fields and expanding its branches to include all specialties which serves the college purposes for putting the college on the context of international research development firstly and for the service of research activity that aims at promoting the community secondly.
The objective of the college is to provide students with a broad theoretical and applied background and development.
The college attempts to meet the educational needs of our students and Iraqi Kurdistan by facilitating a learning environment and strengthening student's commitment to education. The faculty tries to involve the community through the research field with interest in sophistication of society scientifically.
The acquired experiences
The students have received experience and knowledge in the various areas of specialization. They gain practical skills through training in regional establishments in addition to experience of writing their research projects.
What distinguishes the college?
The college can be distinguished from other colleges by its variety of specializations which might be considered the base for any development of the country. The college is also open to the other specializations and participates in strategic planning.
Practical use of courses
The college has good connections with actual daily life as it fulfills the aim of any desired design of the people and the governmental requests. Once the students have graduated, it is expected that they will be able to offer the scientific services based on the academic and practical knowledge they gained during their four years of study. The college is expected to offer services to the society through the students who graduate from its departments.
The cultural and the scientific relationships with the other department, private sector and governmental directorates. There is a good relationship between the college and other colleges, private sector and governmental directorates by offering continuous education courses and giving all consultations requested.
There is a cooperation exchange between the college and other colleges by supervision on higher education researches and study courses, besides dealing with external examiners to acess higher educated student thesis. The college has relationships with many different parties through scientific fields. Concerning cultural relationships, there are many relationships with cultural centers such as the Cultural and Social center which is related to the University of Duhok and also with civil society.
Since the foundation of the college, students and teachers have taken part in many academic and cultural activities. During the last week of April, a cultural event is held showcasing guest lecturers, student exhibits, and college-led conferences. These conferences, along with research findings, are published in newspapers and journals. Students who have reached the fourth stage of their degree pay visits to colleges and similar departments at other universities to attend lectures and seminars and to acquaint themselves with university life elsewhere. Each year the staff and students of the English department present plays in English, to the local residents. Most recently, students presented "The Merchant of Venice" in 2005, "Julius Caesar" in 2006, and "Major Barbara" in 2007.
Other activities within the college include: visits to archeological sites, old castles in the Dohuk province, and various historical regions. Students of the department also attend seminars, conferences, and workshops offered for their benefit and participation. These caucuses allow students to participate in presentations by specialists from foreign universities such as the American Baylor University. In order to cover the deficit in college, it has admitted students for graduate studies to both the Kurdish Language and History departments since 2000-2001. In addition, some of the college graduates (i.e.: Ph.D. and MA) are now studying in other Iraqi universities, (E.g. the University of Saladdin/Erbil, the University of Mosul, and the University of Baghdad).