To turn information into knowledge, and knowledge into skills
How to orientate yourself in the maze of information that the media and experts bombard us with everyday? Bare facts are silent, it is the interpretation that fills them with meaning. T. S. Eliot wrote: “Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?”. We count on stimulating the abilities of creative thinking, argumentation, comparing, and drawing conclusions. Regardless of the issues you will explore during your studies and discover outside of them, those skills will be your capital. You will be able to enlarge it and use it in your lives. This is what our graduates do, and there are well-known figures of the public life among them.
We encourage you to move beyond patterns. We are open and we promote courage in thinking and in actions. We inspire improvement through interesting activities: thriving academic circles, meetings with interesting people (including foreign professors), regularly scheduled scholarly events, and sporting tournaments. We make it possible to travel abroad (Erasmus+, CEEPUS, scholarships in the USA and Canada), which expands your horizons, confronts you with other cultures, and brings you valuable experience. We do not confine ourselves to university walls – we actively comment current events and processes in media. We gladly popularize science in the opinion-making journals and broadcasts. We believe in the value of expert knowledge in social and political life.
By touching diversity, we discover ourselves
The Americas are a mosaic that reflects the wealth of cultures, traditions, practices, behavior models, and ways of thinking. These are the worlds of culture and society, politics and economy, media and religion, the military and technology, global trends and local customs, conflicts and cooperation. The world is complex and multidimensional, exactly like our studies. We help to discover, explain, and understand the complexity of American issues as well as the life of migrants and their struggles in the search of ways to a better life. We believe in your curiosity of the world: since 30% of our curriculum is made up of elective courses, you will be able to discover in depth the topics that interest you.
Man is in constant motion
The pulse of the world is now more rapid than ever. People are constantly on their way, looking for their places, forced to confront different lifestyles and ways of thinking; they see themselves in the eyes of others. The motion is important to us not only in its physical sense, but also in the intellectual meaning. It is the openness, the willingness to move beyond patterns, the tenacity in creating new solutions. By rejecting passivity, we expose ourselves to a risk of unsuccessful efforts and mistakes. We know, however, that this is the only way to get where we want to be.
Social science matters
Technology and engineering talents are the driving forces of the present day. In order to use them fully, however, a vision is necessary. Needed are people who can create a context for inventions, imagine the world we do not know yet, and predict its consequences. Analytical skills, the ability to build relations, and storytelling are required in business, media, politics, and creative sectors. It is no accident that CEOs of the greatest and most innovative companies in the world (HP, HBO, Flickr or PayPal) graduated from human and social science faculties. It was there that they have developed the ability to think critically and solve problems creatively, they learned to use their potential and transform reality in an effective manner.