Croatian Language and Literature

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


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

  • communicate in the Croatian language in a written and an oral form at the B2 level
  • evaluate the development of Croatian literature and culture in Europe
  • analyse and comment on the current political, social, and cultural affairs in Croatia
  • translate and interpret from/into Croatian
  • apply the knowledge, skills, and methodological approaches obtained in the course of the studies 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, translating technical and literary texts, interpreting, and in working as an expert on the Balkans.


The standard duration of studies is six semesters. For admittance to the final state examination, students must obtain a minimum of 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 Serbian 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.

The students in dual concentration study are obliged to earn at least 180 credits in both their subjects together (95 credits in their primary, and 85 credits in their secondary study programme).

The Bachelor’s studies are concluded by the Bachelor’s thesis defence (or by submitting the Bachelor’s minor thesis if Croatian Language and Literature is the secondary study programme) and passing the final state examination.

During their study, students follow the course catalogue from the year of their matriculation, or the course catalogue which was assigned to them.


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 the students’ ability to write an academic text on a topic related to their study programme, and that they are capable of scientific reasoning, of analysis and synthesis of the acquired knowledge, and of critical thinking.

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


Graduates of this study programme can continue their education in follow-up Master’s degree studies of Combined South-Slavonic Studies.


Field of study specifications

Field of Study: Croatian Language and Literature
Abbreviation: CR
Code: 7310R064
Type: Bachelor's degree programme
Degree: Bc.
Accreditation: to 31/12/2024
Programme: B6107 B-HS Humanities
Faculty of Arts
Field of study guaranteed by:
Faculty of Arts

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