The originality of the Faculty of Philosophy and Human Sciences is to coordinate a canonical department and a set of distinct university institutes, thus guiding two lines of research:
- Philosophy and Christianity,
- Philosophy, Ethics, Life Sciences, and Human Sciences.
Department of Philosophy
The Department of Philosophy, created in 1932, is a teaching and research centre. It endeavours, through dialogue with other disciplines, to promote a methodical reflection on the dimensions of human experience within contemporary culture.
Department of Psychology (Human and Social Sciences)
Since 1990, this department is committed to offering education programmes that will provide specific and cross-disciplinary knowledge and skills useful to every student, whatever his or her professional orientation. To achieve this, the initial education programmes (bachelor's and master's degrees) will continue to evolve, as will continuing education in the socio-educational, health, and psychological fields. Since the research in this department is linked to practice, it is developing exponentially in order to rethink the support and care systems on offer.
The MEEF Master's Degree
This degree is dedicated to training in teaching and education, as well as training in the public and private sectors. As a programme that leads to an academic degree and prepares students for professional life, it is invaluable to all future teachers. As the cornerstone of the preparation for the state’s competitive teacher licensing examinations, the course includes disciplinary, pedagogical and didactic teaching, internships, and the writing of a dissertation.
The Interdisciplinary Centre for Ethics (CIE) brings together a team of philosophers, theologians, psychologists, and osteopaths. It works mainly on integral ecology, in partnership with the Jean Bastaire Chair of the Research Department, and complementary medicine. The ICE launched in 2014 the DU "Philosophy of Osteopathy", a unique training course in France, which this year welcomes its 8th graduating class.
The CEPEC is a pedagogical training and research institute whose actions concern initial teacher training provided by the ISFEC 2nd degree Auvergne Rhône-Alpes; preparation for the competitions CAER PA and
CAER PC; in-service teacher education in the form of internships or interventions in educational institutions; university education (Bachelor of Education); research in general pedagogy and didactics of disciplines and publication of educational files, books and didactic journals. The CEPEC is a missionary institute of Catholic Education.