In terms of both the number of students and staff, the Faculty of Arts is the largest of the seven faculties of the University of Peradeniya. At present there are seventeen departments of study and a teaching unit called the English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) in the faculty. The ELTU, which is separate from the Department of English, is responsible for teaching English to students doing their degrees in the Sinhala and Tamil media. Student enrolment in the Faculty of Arts is around 3600 at present.
The Faculty of Arts should play a central role in the areas of socially meaningful acts such as developing work pertaining to education, governance, democracy, autonomy, economy and economic concerns, the judiciary and the freedoms associated with cultural expression. It is important to face the critiques posed at Faculties of Arts; in this I invite all the academics and others of our Faculty to engage with socially relevant issues and demonstrate the significant role we have been playing and will continue to do so in society.
In terms of curriculum, we offer a Bachelor of Arts (General) Degree, Bachelor of Arts (Special) Degree in 18 different specialties, a Bachelor of Commerce, a Bachelor of Business Administration, and an LLB. In addition we offer a number of postgraduate degrees from postgraduate diplomas, to MA, M Phil and the PhD.