Slovenian Language and Literature

Slovenia and the Slovenian language – a unique blend of Central Europe, the Mediterranean region, and the Balkans.

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This Bachelor’s study programme focuses on active mastery of the Slovene language, on theoretical and practical mastery of contemporary Slovene grammar, on obtaining a strong knowledge of the history of Slovene literature and culture in the European context, and on acquainting students with the historical-cultural characteristics of the developments in the Slovene territory, and their influence on the formation of Slovene identity. In the course of their study programme, 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 field of the Slovene language, literature, culture, and national characteristics.

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

  • actively communicate in Slovene in a written and an oral form at the B2 level (CEFR)
  • analyse and comment on current political, social, and cultural affairs in Slovenia
  • characterize and appraise the development of Slovene literature and culture in the European context
  • translate and interpret from/into Slovene
  • work with academic texts of their study programme and independently create shorter academic texts which fulfil required formal and content criteria respecting the basic rules of writing academic texts
  • apply the knowledge, skills, and methodological approaches obtained in the course of his/her study programme in practice or in further studies
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Graduates can find employment in cultural institutions, tourism, companies doing business with Slovenia, journalism, publishing houses, lower-level and middle management, translation of technical and literary texts, in interpreting or in working as an expert on the Balkans.

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The regular length of study is six semesters. To be allowed to sit for 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 79 credits for type A/required courses, 72 credits for type C/elective courses, 15 credits for the Bachelor’s thesis seminar, 4 credits for an exam in another Slavonic 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. Students have to earn 79 credits for type A/required courses, 15 (5) credits for the Bachelor’s thesis seminar (Bachelor’s minor thesis seminar), 2 credits for an exam in a world language (language for academic purposes), 2 credits for an exam in philosophy (for students of non-philosophical fields of study), and 1 credit for physical education.

The Bachelor’s degree study programme is concluded by the Bachelor’s thesis defence (or by submitting the Bachelor’s minor thesis if Slovene Language and Literature 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.

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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 to write an academic text on a topic related to their field of study, capability of scholarly 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 Slovene language); 3) literary theoretical competence (the knowledge of the history of Slovenian literature, the ability to interpret and analyse works of literature); and 4) cultural-historical competence (the knowledge of Slovene history, culture, and national characteristics).

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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).

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Field of study specifications

Field of Study: Slovenian Language and Literature
Abbreviation: SL
Code: 7310R167
Type: Bachelor's degree programme
Degree: Bc.
Accreditation: to 31/12/2024
Programme: B6107 B-HS Humanities
Faculty of Arts
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