Czech Language and Literature

Knowledge of one's mother tongue and literature shapes a culturally literate personality.

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The degree programme Czech Language and Literature is conceived as a single-subject or a double-subject study programme at the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, being aimed at students who are interested in a complex professional training in the field of Czech studies from the viewpoints of both linguistics and literature. In accordance with requirements concerning the B.A. study programme, students will acquire complex knowledge of present-day Czech language and literature, an insight into their historical development and basic knowledge of theoretical aspects relating to both language and literature. The degree programme also offers a wide range of specialized courses that will provide a wider background of knowledge as well as a perspective for the possible future specialization during the period of study or in practice (the focus e.g. on dialectology, corpus linguistics, proof-reading etc. in linguistic courses, the focus e.g. on editorial work, literature for the youth, theory of translation etc. in literary courses). The gained qualification enriched with the systematically developed practical readiness for future professions provide graduates with an adequate background for entering the M.A. degree programme (including the programme for future teachers) and also gives plenty of opportunities to find positions in practical life after completing the B.A. degree programme. Thanks to their professional knowledge of Czech language and literature, practical command of a prestigious variety of Czech in communication and acquired practical knowledge in work with texts and information, graduates from both single-subject and double-subject study programmes are capable of holding positions in a wide range of professions.

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

  • have a very good command of written and spoken standard Czech
  • demonstrate overall knowledge of all levels of present-day Czech (its phonetics and phonology, morphology, lexis, and syntax)
  • demonstrate elementary knowledge of the development of Czech, to know its Slavonic basis in both historical and comparative perspectives
  • operate with general linguistic terminology
  • understand present-day linguistic theories
  • demonstrate overall knowledge of the history of Czech literature from its beginnings to the early 21st century
  • understand the main concepts of literary theory
  • interpret literary texts using methods presented in lectures and seminars
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Bachelor's graduates in Czech Language and Literature (single subject) will be suitable for any positions requiring expert knowledge of Czech language and literature. These include positions in media, publishing houses, and other cultural institutions, in state administration, and in the private sector as professional experts - journalists, editors, spokespersons, documentators, language consultants, proof-readers, organizers of cultural activities, experts in the sphere of advertising etc. Double-subject graduates will be suitable for a wider range of positions, thanks to the second study programme - in the case of other languages, the above-stated list is enriched, for instance, with positions involving translation and interpretation.

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The standard period of study is six semesters. 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 (credits are divided for the double-subject study programmes). Required courses form the basis of the programme's academic profile, and are strictly regulated by programme's accreditation. The choice of selective courses is modified in accordance with the current situation, the development of particular disciplines, the market requirements of the moment, and the department's current possibilities. Students must also pass the faculty courses that are mandatory for all study programmes.

Elective courses can also be chosen from courses taught elsewhere at the university, depending on students' interests and on their future professional orientation.

Throughout their period of study, students are to follow the course catalogue and the control template of the year of their matriculation. Study catalogues valid for individual years of matriculation can be found on the faculty website.

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This Bachelor's study programme includes no obligatory practical training.

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Students must meet all requirements set by the study programme and registered in their particular control template in the Masaryk University Information System, after which they can take the final state exam, which consists of two parts.

1. Defence of the Bachelor's diploma thesis (if the student is enrolled in a degree study programme).

2. Oral exam in Czech language and literature. The exam consists of two parts that are focused on language and literature respectively. Questions are based on topics available on the websites of both the Department of Czech Language and the Department of Czech Literature and Library Studies.

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The study programme is designed as an independent module completed with a Bachelor's degree, which is the prerequisite to continue to the Master's degree programme.

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Field of study specifications

Field of Study: Czech Language and Literature
Abbreviation: CJ
Code: 7310R033
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. Hana Bočková, Dr.

Additional Information

For further information, see the following websites:

Ústav českého jazyka (Department of Czech Language): http://cestina.phil.muni.cz/

Ústav české literatury a knihovnictví (Department of Czech Literature and Library Studies): http://ceska-literatura.phil.muni.cz/

Filozofická fakulta Masarykovy univerzity (Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University): http://www.phil.muni.cz/