Czech Language with Orientation on Computational Linguistics

For students who like the Czech language and are not afraid of computers. For students who like computers and are not afraid of the Czech language.

Bachelor's degree programme, full-time study mode, single-subject, Czech, 3 years 
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The degree programme Czech Language with the focus on Computational Linguistics is conceived as a single-subject degree programme at the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University enlarges the traditional contents and concepts of university studies of Czech with fundamentals of computational processing of natural language and on the whole aims at the possibility to increase the use the gained knowledge in practice. It the Czech Republic, it is the only field of study at a faculty focused on humanities, in which it is possible to study computational linguistics already at the B.A. level. The aim of this field of study is to link humanities and sciences and to provide students with an insight into both worlds. This field of study is focused on preparing linguists with good knowledge of Czech, with a qualified insight into the world of information technologies and with the ability of algorithmic thinking. It is rooted in basic disciplines of Czech studies, taught at the Department of Czech Language, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, and the scale of offered courses is enriched with selected courses taught at the Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University, especially those taught in the Natural Language Processing Centre, Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University. Besides studying Czech language, informatics and computational linguistics, this field of study includes a range of other activities, such as invited lectures, excursions to academic and commercial places of work, participation in interesting projects and specialized workshops. A positive feature is also a link with organizations and companies in the region of South Moravia, in which students can find positions already during their studies. The degree programme is linked with the degree programme Czech Language and Literature at the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University and with the degree programme Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing at the Faculty of Informatics.

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After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:

  • use basic professional training in Czech within which the main stages of the development of Czech were addressed, as was its present-day description at all language levels
  • use basic knowledge from the spheres of computational linguistics, corpus linguistics, informatics, mathematics, statistics, and logic
  • be oriented in the terminology of the study programme, in linguistic methodology and in the methodology of basic branches of computational linguistics
  • work with Czech and foreign scholarly sources
  • have a good command of standard Czech codification and communication skills when creating written and spoken texts (with a focus on scholarly discourse)
  • work with language corpora, databases, and computational tools for language analysis
  • use basic skills in programming
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Graduates are able to hold positions in a wide range of jobs. Students frequently gain their first professional skills during their Bachelor's degree studies by participating in research and commercial projects and thanks to short-term work and attachments to cooperating companies. Companies from the field of information technologies focused on work with natural language, such as Google, Seznam.cz, and Moravia are ideal places for graduates in computational linguistics.

Students with greater inclinations towards Czech can find jobs as proofreaders, copywriters, journalists, and editors. Students with greater inclinations towards informatics can find jobs in IT companies, such as Red Hat. A very good knowledge of Czech, communication skills, an ability to work independently and as team members and orientation in the world of information technologies (from an expert overview to the knowledge of programming) are much appreciated in practice. A good knowledge of English and also of other languages is another great practical advantage.

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The degree programme is conceived as a programme lasting three years (six semesters) and is completed by a final Bachelor's degree state exam. Students must obtain 180 credits in total to be able to take the final state exam - the number of 180 credits includes required, selective, and elective courses taught at the Faculty of Arts and at the Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University. Required courses (A credits) are strictly set in the accreditation; the choice of selective and elective courses is modified according to the current development of the discipline, requirements from the practical sphere, and options within the individual departments. Selective courses are chosen by students from three groups of courses – group I (Czech, courses taught at the Faculty of Arts), group II (informatics, courses taught at the Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University. Elective courses (C credits) can be chosen from courses taught at the Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Informatics, and at other faculties of Masaryk University.

Students follow recommendations for the course of their studies as published in the Masaryk University Information System and on the website of their degree programme.

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The final Bachelor's degree state exam takes place in an oral form in front of a three-member examination board. Students prove their knowledge in three spheres: 1) Czech language, 2) mathematics and informatics, 3) corpus linguistics. Questions are based on topics posted on the website of the degree programme. A defence of the Bachelor's degree thesis in the form of a student presentation is also a part of the state exam.

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Graduates from the Bachelor's degree programme can continue in the Master's degree programme in Czech Language with a focus on Computational Linguistics (having successfully completed the Bachelor's degree final state exam). It is also possible to continue in the Master's degree programme Czech Language and Literature (with a focus on Czech Language) or in the degree programme Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing at the Faculty of Informatics (with a focus on informatics), in both cases after successfully passed entrance exams.

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Field of study specifications

Field of Study: Czech Language with Orientation on Computational Linguistics
Abbreviation: PLIN
Code: 7310R326
Type: Bachelor's degree programme
Degree: Bc.
Accreditation: to 31/12/2024
Programme: B7310 B-FI Philology
Faculty of Arts
Field of study guaranteed by:
Faculty of Arts
Field guarantor:
doc. PhDr. Zdeňka Hladká, Dr.

Additional Information

Website of the Department of Czech Language, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University:

http://cestina.phil.muni.cz/

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