Serbian Language and Literature

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This Bachelor’s study programme focuses on active mastery of the Serbian language, on theoretical and practical mastery of Serbian grammar, on obtaining a strong knowledge of Serbian literature and culture in the European context, and on acquainting students with the historical-cultural characteristics of the developments in the Serbian territory and their influence on the formation of Serbian identity. In the course of their study programme, students adopt the terminology and basic methodological approaches if linguistics and literary theory. Graduates will have obtained a complex philological and cultural-historical education in the field of the Serbian language, literature, culture, and national characteristics.


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

  • communicate in the Serbian language in a written and an oral form at the B2 level
  • appraise the development of Serbian literature and culture in the European context
  • analyse and comment on current political, social, and cultural affairs in Serbia
  • translate and interpret from/into Serbian
  • apply the knowledge, skills, and methodological approaches obtained in the course of the study programme in practice or in further studies

Graduates can find employment in cultural institutions, tourism, companies doing business with the countries of the former Yugoslavia, journalism, publishing houses, lower-level and middle management, translation of technical and literary texts, and in interpreting or in working as an expert on the Balkans.


The regular length of study is six semesters. To be allowed to sit the Bachelor’s final state examination, students have to earn at least 180 credits for type A/required, type B/selective, and type C/elective courses. Students must earn 80 credits for type A/required courses, 71 credits for type C/elective courses, 15 credits for the Bachelor’s thesis seminar, 4 credits for an exam in another Slavonic language (with the exception of the Croatian language), 4 credits for an exam in a world language (language for academic purposes), 4 credits for an exam in philosophy (for students of non-philosophical fields of study), and 2 credits for physical education.

Students in the double-subject study programme are obliged to earn at least 180 credits in both their subjects together (95 credits in the primary, and 85 credits in the secondary field of study).

The Bachelor’s degree study programme concludes with the Bachelor’s thesis defence (or by submitting the Bachelor’s minor thesis if this study programme is the secondary field of study) and passing the final state examination.

During the course of their studies, students should follow the study catalogue valid for their year of matriculation. The study catalogues for the individual years of matriculation are available at the Faculty of Arts website.


The Bachelor’s final state examination consists of a Bachelor’s thesis defence and the Bachelor’s final state examination itself. The main body of the Bachelor’s thesis has to contain at least 70,000 characters and its objective is to prove student competence in creating a scholarly text on a topic related to their field of study, capability of scientific reasoning, analysis, and synthesis of acquired knowledge, and critical thinking.

The Bachelor’s final state examination tests the knowledge obtained during the study programme, in four basic fields: 1) language competence (a written part of the exam – translation and an essay; an oral part of the exam – a dialogue with the examiner on various topics); 2) linguistic competence (the knowledge of phonetics, phonology, morphology, and syntax of the Serbian language); 3) literary theoretical competence (the knowledge of the history of Serbian literature, the ability to interpret and analyse the works of literature); and 4) cultural-historical competence (the knowledge of Serbian history, culture and national characteristics).


After completion of the Bachelor’s degree study programme, it is possible to continue further studies in the Master’s degree study programme of combined South-Slavonic Studies (after satisfying the admission requirements).


Field of study specifications

Field of Study: Serbian Language and Literature
Abbreviation: SB
Code: 7310R169
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. Václav Štěpánek, Ph.D.

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