Czech Language and Literature

Language itself is the soul and culture of a nation. (K. Čapek)

Degree programme specification

The programme Czech Language and Literature is aimed at students interested in specialized training focused on linguistics and theoretical approaches to literature. In the extent adequate to B.A. degree, students will gain complex knowledge on contemporary Czech language and literature, an insight into their historical development and elementary knowledge of theoretical approaches to language and literature. The programme also offers numerous specialized courses providing background and perspective for possible future specialization in studies or in practice (within the linguistic orientation e.g. courses focused on dialectology, corpus linguistics, proof-reading etc., within the literary orientation e.g. courses focused on its specifics during the course of time, on fantasy, on literature for children and youth etc.). The qualification gained enriched with systematically developed readiness for professional practice will provide graduates with prerequisites for continuing the studies at the M.A. level (including the programme for future teachers) and also opens wide range of possibilities to find positions in practical life already after completing the B.A. programme. Knowledge of Czech language and literature at a professional level, the capability to use the prestigious variety of Czech for the purpose of practical communication, acquiring practical skills in work with sources of information and in creating texts provide graduates with the possibility to work in a wide range of cultural institutions and media.

The programme Czech Language and Literature offers several study plans. Students of single-subject and double-subject programmes may specialize by choosing suitable selective courses, focusing on some aspects of Czech studies from literary or linguistic points of view (the development of language, present-day codification, theories of grammar, corpus linguistics, the development of Czech literature, interpretations of fiction from viewpoints of history, theoretical approaches and criticism). The programme Czech Language and Literature includes a specialized study plan Czech for foreigners aimed at non-native speakers of Czech at high level of communication skills (B2), who strive at the complex study of Czech language and literature. Graduates with this specialization will increase their language competences to the level C2 and will also gain training providing a firm basis for further qualification in the sphere of teaching Czech as a foreign language or in the sphere of translation. This kind of B.A. study programme is not available in the Czech Republic, there is only a similar M.A. programme at the University of Ostrava.

Faculty Faculty of Arts
Type of study bachelor's
Mode full-time
Standard length of studies 3 years
Language of instruction czech
Results of entrance exams from previous years here

Graduate destination

Graduates from the single-subject B.A. programme can find positions in a wide scale of occupations where expert knowledge of Czech language and literature is required. They are able to work in media, in publishing houses and in other cultural institutions, in state administration and in the private sphere as experts ready for a wide range of work with texts, for communication with the public, for organizing events etc. Graduates form the double-subject programme can find a wider scale of positions, in relation to the other subject (e.g. in relation to journalism as editors in media, in relation to foreign languages as experts in specialized positions in publishing houses or in PR etc.). Graduates from the specialization Czech for foreigners are able to work as experts in representative offices of their home countries in the Czech Republic as well as in representative offices of the Czech Republic abroad, as language experts in private companies or in cultural institutions focused on international cooperation.

Study options

Single-subject studies

Single-subject studies with specialization

Combined studies

Further studies

After fulfilling conditions for an admission, graduates from the B.A. programme are able to continue with an M.A. programme focused on Czech studies at various universities.

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Mgr. Hana Žižková, Ph.D.