Belarusian philology studies are primarily designed to provide students with proficiency in the Belarusian language at level B2+ according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). However, a "philologist" is not only an expert in language, but also an excellent specialist in the history, literature and culture of a given country. Within the framework of a given specialization students have an opportunity to acquire necessary knowledge of phenomena occurring in the field of history, literature, culture of Belarus and countries of the East Slavonic area, as well as to acquire practical skills in intercultural communication and translation and interpretation. The study programme also includes the opportunity to study an additional Western European foreign language (English, German or Spanish) and second East Slavic language (Russian or Ukrainian) in elective courses.
Students of Belarusian philology acquire oral and written Belarusian language skills, in line with the requirements for level B2+. A significant number of classes in Practical Belarusian Language Study (as many as 630 hours) are an integral part of the study programme, designed to ensure not only fluency in the language, but also intercultural competence.
- learning the Belarusian language from scratch, aiming at mastering language skills at level B2+ according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR),
- learning of a second East Slavonic language and a Western European language,
- possibility of spending a semester abroad (within the ERASMUS programme) or at another university in Poland (within the MOST programme),
- developing your own interests, e.g. in the East Slavonic Academic Circle.
Example of courses
- Practical learning of Belarusian language
- History of Belarus
- Grammar of the Belarusian language
- History of Belarusian literature
- Linguistic frontier issues
- Written and oral workshops in Belarusian
- West-European Foreign Language (*to choose: English, German or Spanish)
- Second East Slavonic language (*to choose: Russian or Ukrainian)
Students design part of the programme on their own, having at their disposal optional subjects from the list of elective courses, which is updated every year.
A detailed study plan is available on the website of the Institute of East Slavic Philology.
The graduate of the East Slavic Philology / Belarusian Philology major has:
- knowledge and skills in major language, a second East Slavic language and a Western European language,
- communicative competence in general and specialised language, profiled for general communication and mediation in international economic and trade relations,
- the necessary knowledge of scientific disciplines (linguistics and literary studies) assigned to the above field of study/specialisation,
- ability to have a good grasp of the culture, realities and social relations of the East Slavic area,
- the competence to relate their linguistic and translation competence and to acquire, collect, process and transmit information and work as part of a team.
The knowledge, competences and skills acquired by the graduates enable them to undertake employment in:
companies operating on the international market or trading with foreign countries,
public administration units with a focus on international cooperation,
state and local government administration units,
production, trade and service companies cooperating with foreign partners,
marketing, logistics and customer service departments in companies with an international and culturally diverse character,
advertising and public relations agencies,
international and non-profit organizations,
non-governmental organizations, cultural institutions, etc.