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Department of English and American Studies

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Gorkého 7, Brno, Czech Republic
Mailing address:
A. Nováka 1, 602 00 Brno, Czech Republic
email: english@phil.muni.cz
tel: +420 549 49 6660, fax: +420 549 49 1522

The Department of English and American Studies is one of the original departments of the Faculty of Arts at Masaryk University and the second oldest English department in the Czech Republic. The Department currently has more than 600 students studying in Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degree programmes. All teaching in the Department is conducted in English.
Those interested in studying at the Department may choose from the following degree programmes:
Bachelor’s Degree (Bc., full and part-time programmes)

  • English Language and Literature

Master’s Degree (Mgr., full and part-time programmes)

  • English Language and Literature
  • Secondary School Teaching - English Language and Literature

Doctoral Degree (PhD., full and part-time programmes)

  • English Linguistics
  • Literatures in English
  • Comparative Literature (offered in cooperation with the Faculty’s other literature departments)

The Department is also planning, in the near future, to offer Master’s degrees in the fields of Translation and North American Studies.

Students studying in the Department of English and American Studies can take advantage of Erasmus student exchange agreements with 24 partner departments in 13 countries, including the Universities of Leeds, Bristol, Oslo, Lund, Cologne, and Athens. In addition, Masaryk University offers its students dozens of other exchanges at various universities around the world.
Extracurricular activities are an important part of student life at university. Students in the Department have established two student organizations – the English Students Club and the Bohemian-Moravian William Shakespeare Society – which organize both social and scholarly events. The Department is also proud of its student theatre group, The Gypsywood Players, which has performed for audiences both at home and abroad during its nearly fifty-year history.

Teaching in the Department takes place in classrooms and lecture halls equipped with up-to-date technology. This includes a language laboratory that can be used both for teaching language and simultaneous interpretation. Students can take advantage of the Department’s Self-Access Centre, which has a large collection of dictionaries and reference materials as well as an extensive collection of videotapes. This facility supplements the Faculty of Arts’ Central Library, which offers students more than 30,000 volumes of British and American literature as well as the largest collection of Canadian literature in Central Europe.

The Department of English and American Studies is rightly proud of its long scholarly tradition. The most prominent scholar to have worked in the Department is Prof. Jan Firbas, who made significant contributions to the study of language through his development of the theory of Functional Sentence Perspective. In addition to continuing the tradition of research established by Prof. Firbas, the Department has focused on areas of research in linguistic, literary and cultural studies.

At present, these other areas of research in linguistics include language in the media, legal English, and the historical development of the English language. Research in British literature is focused on three main areas: Elizabethan drama and culture, the literature of Victorian decadence and contemporary British literature. The Department is also active in North American Studies, where research ranges from Canadian and American cinema to ecological literature and from contemporary First Nations/American Indian literature to questions of cultural identity in Canada and the United States. Research activities in the field of translation deal with translation corpora, the translation of children’s literature and translation stylistics.

In addition to working as teachers and translators, our graduates have proven themselves successful in fields as diverse as diplomacy, media, business and government. Our best students often choose an academic career.

Department of Archaeology

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The Department of Archaeology and Museology focuses on teaching and research and is an important archaeological institution in the Central European context. Three areas of systematic archaeological research conducted by the Department in Tešetice-Kyjovice, Pohansko near Břeclav, and Rokštejn near Jihlava have the greatest scientific significance.

A polycultural settlement in Tešetice-Kyjovice has been researched since 1964. A “rondel” of the Neolithic people with Moravian decorated ceramics from around 4,500 B.C., the oldest known prehistoric architecture, has been thoroughly studied, evaluated and the results were published outside the Czech Republic for the first time. The excavation was the starting point for European research into these types of objects, of which there are approximately more than a hundred on the Continent; however, only a few have been systematically and thoroughly studied as the one in Tešetice-Kyjovice. Research into the Great Moravian center in Pohansko near Břeclav began in 1958 and has been transformed into a systematic excavation of the site including extending down to the base of the archaeological record since 1959. A ninth century nobleman’s estate with a church, adjacent cemetery, settlements and farming facilities was studied, and the archaeological evaluation of this complex structure published in Central Europe for the first time. Other parts of the agglomeration were studied, evaluated and the findings published. Structural similarities were found based on a comparative study between Pohansko and the Carolingian Ottonian that served as residences for early Middle Ages rulers or the highest social ranks.

Archaeological research into Rokštejn Castle near Panská Lhota began in 1981 as a rescue excavation and has gradually developed into a large-scale systematic research project mapping out all aspects connected with the historical construnction of the castle from the end of the thirteenth to the first third of Archaeology and Museology the fifteenth centuries; the research is unique in the context of Central European research on castles. It deals with the chronology of the material culture of the High Middle Ages, the life of the inhabitants of the fort and their social stratification, and economic ties to the dominion, as well as with the ecology of the countryside and the natural environment of the region. Subsequently, it has become a project connected to the research of the whole microregion.

Department of Czech Language

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The Department of Czech Language is one of the philological departments at the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University; together with the Department of Czech Literature, it provides university level education in the fields of Czech language and literature. Education in the field of Czech studies has been offered at the faculty for over eighty years, since the very beginning in the academic year 1921/1922. It is one of specifics of the subject that Czech is the mother tongue of the majority of students, who thus come to the faculty already equipped with an adequate empirical background; therefore, more time is dedicated to the theoretical study of the subject.

The Department of Czech Language used to be organizationally more closely connected to other related departments at the faculty (the departments of Czech literature, Slavic Studies, Indo-European Studies and General Linguistics); it gained its present form at the beginning of the 1920s. More than fifty year long collaboration with the Czech Academy of Sciences, specifically with the Department of Czech language, the dialectological and etymological departments of which are also situated in Brno, has been immensely enriching to the profile of the Department of Czech Language. Many distinguished individuals, such as B. Havránek, R. Jakobson, F. Trávníček, later J. Bauer, A. Kellner, and A. Lamprecht, had a substantial influence on Czech studies in Brno in the aforementioned period, and some, such as J. Balhar, M. Grepl, M. Jelínek, D. Šlosar, and R. Večerka are still connected with the faculty today.

The Department of Czech Language currently offers programs leading to Bachelor’s (Bc.), Master’s (Mgr.) and Doctoral (Ph. D.) degrees including the degree in teaching. Students may choose to obtain intimate knowledge of the basic disciplines of Czech studies synchronically (phonetics and  phonology, morphology, word-formation, syntax, lexicology and stylistics) as well as diachronically (Old Slavonic, historical Czech grammar and the development of standard Czech); they may choose from a number of optional courses (e.g. pragmatics, non-transformational grammars, dialectology and linguistic culture).

Department members successfully participate in large-scale grant projects (recently, for example, Příruční mluvnice češtiny [Reference Book of Czech Grammar] (1995), Encyklopedický slovník češtiny [Encyclopedic Dictionary of Czech] (2002), Czech Language Vídeňský podíl na počátcích českého národního obrození [Vienna’s Participation on the Beginnings of the Czech National Revival] (2004) and Dějiny české jazykovědné bohemistiky [The History of Linguistic Czech Studies] (2007)). They also collaborate with partner universities (among others in Vienna and Regensburg), and they regularly deliver lectures at the Summer School of Slavonic Studies in Brno.

Further information about the Department and its members, including their bibliographies and profiles are located on the website: http://www.phil.muni.cz/cest/index.php.

Department of Czech Literature and Library Studies

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The Department of Czech Literature and Library Studies, together with the Department of Czech Language offers university-level education in the field of Czech Language and Literature.

The study of Czech, both its language and literature, has been an important field within Masaryk University since its foundation. Collaboration with foreign Bohemicists in research and teaching is a permanent feature of the Deparment’s activities.

Two prominent groups emerged among  Czech literature scholars from the periods between the wars and after WWII. Comprising the former generation were Arne Novák, Stanislav Souček, Frank Wollman, Roman Jakobson, Jan Vilikovský, Antonín Grund, Josef Hrabák, Antonín Škarka, Oldřich Králík, Artur Závodský, Alois Gregor, Dušan Jeřábek, Milan Kopecký, Karel Palas, František Tenčík, Oleg Sus, and Jiří Levý. Among the prominent figures of the latter group were many who were tutors to present members of the Department; some of them, such as Milan Suchomel, Zdeněk Kožmín and Vlastimil Válek, still collaborate with the Department today.

The Department offers Bachelor’s (Bc.), and Master’s (Mgr.) degree programs in full-time and combined form, and a doctoral (Ph.D.) degree program in full-time form. Students are admitted to the Bachelor’s degree program upon passing an entrance exam; to the Master’s degree program upon passing the Bachelor’s State exam with grade A, B, or C, or upon passing a test in the subject on the appropriate level. Admission to the Ph.D. program is based on an entrance interview and the presentation of a doctoral thesis. The Department also offers the doctoral viva voce exam (PhDr.).

The Department conducts research and teaching in the history of Czech literature from its beginning to the present, literature for children, literary theory, and teacher training in Czech language and literature. Teachers of Pedagogy also teach at the departments of Czech for Foreigners and Information and Library Studies, at the Summer School of Slavonic Studies and at the University of the Third Age.

The Department closely collaborates with departments of Czech Studies at other Czech universities, and academic, research and cultural institutions. It also collaborates with for- Czech Literature and Library eign departments of Czech and Slavonic Studies in student and teacher exchange programs. These include institutions in Slovakia, Germany, Poland, Great Britain, France, Bulgaria, Italy and Korea.

The Department regularly co-organizes conferences in literary studies; recent ones have been dedicated to Arne Novák, repressed  iterature since the end of the 1940s (which has taken place three times so far), Zdeněk Rotrekl, Josef Suchý, creative writing, Czech rural literature, and F. X. Šalda. The Department also organizes a regular Summer School of Creative Writing and a Creative Writing Workshop.

Members of the Department deal with the following areas both in their published work and in activities connected with grantfunded projects: literature of the Renaissance and Baroque, Czech-German literary relationships in the 19th century, Biedermeier, the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries in the  international context and its role in the further development of Czech literature, spiritual literature in the 20th century, the fairy-tale and other genres of literature for children and young people, specifics of Czech literature from the 1990s, film and literature, theory of fictional worlds and its use in literary historiography, literary phenomenology and hermeneutics, creative writing, and creative aspects of translation. Editing is another important part of many teachers’ work.

Further information is available on the Department’s homepage: http://www.phil.muni.cz/clit/.

The Division of Library Studies is a specific part of the Department. It offers the subject Information and Library studies.
Further information on the Division is available on the web:

Department of the History of Art

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When it was founded in 1927, the Department of the History of Art at Masaryk University – modeled on the most important institution of its time in Vienna – became only the second institution to teach the history of art in the Czech Lands. Its beginnings and development are especially connected with Professors Eugen Dostál (1889- 1943), Václav Richter (1900-1970), Albert Kutal (1904-1976) and Antonín Friedl (1890-1975), whose pedagogical and scientific work in the field of the History of Art significantly influenced the following generation of art historians who studied at the Department in the second half of the 20th century – scholars as Ivo Krsek, Zdeněk Kudělka, Vlasta Kratinová, Miloš Stehlík, Jarmila Vacková, Jaromír Zemina, Lubor Machytka, Petr Spielmann, Ján Bakoš, Jan Michl, Petr Fidler, Jan Sedlák, Lubomír Slavíček, Jiří Kroupa and Kaliopi Chamonikolasová. The Department’s name was changed in the 1950s and its position within the organizational structure of the faculty also changed from the 1960s to the 1980s. The Department was fully rejuvenated in 1990, when Zdeněk Koudelka and Jiří Kroupa formulated its program anew in accordance with the pre-war traditions of the “Brno School of the History of Art”.

The Department’s research activities are focused on the traditional study of the history of art (architecture, sculpture, painting, and photography) in Moravia from the Middle Ages to recent times. They pay close attention to the protection of cultural heritage, the theory and practice of conservation, art historical museology, and works of art presentation. Focusing also on the history of culture, visual culture and visual science the Department’s activities connect fundamental research with state of the art methodological procedures including interdisciplinary research.

The Department of the History of Art at Masaryk University offers university level education (Bachelor’s (Bc.), Master’s (Mgr.) and Doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees) as part of the study program 8109 – The General Theory and History of Art and Culture.

In accordance with the tradition of the “Brno School of the History of Art” studies may be focused on the following fields:

  • Art history in Moravia and Central Europe
  • Art appreciation and gallery museology
  • Visual culture
  • Theory and philosophy of art history
  • Art conservation and the protection of cultural heritage

Studies are based on the “School of Seeing” (introductory classes and seminars) and the “school of knowledge” (traditional historiography and methodology). The polarity between “seeing” and “knowledge” is currently supplemented with contextual studies, critical iconology, History of Art historical anthropology, collecting and sponsoring.

The Bachelor’s degree program offers education for staff in assistant positions at art historical museums and art conservation institutions, and for those who work in fine art exhibition planning, art business, the media and art criticism, travel management and guiding, and government.

The Master’s degree program focuses on the general education of staff at art historical institutes and art historical museums, and of experts at conservation institutions.

The Doctoral degree program is a preparation for a career especially in academia and other institutions in the field.

All specialized education at the Department is combined with training in cultural institutions. The Department closely collaborates with the Moravian Gallery in Brno, The Brno House of Art, The National Monument Institute – regional office in Brno and other institutions in the field in the Czech Republic, including the Department of the History of Art at the Czech Academy of Sciences. It also collaborates with Bibliotheca Herziana, the Max-Planck Institute fur Kunstgeschichte in Rome, and art history departments at universities in Vienna, Innsbruck and others. A departmental library which has been added since the establishment of the Department contains 17,000 volumes, which include František Táborský’s art history collection; it was enriched with generous support from the Getty Grant Program in the early 1990s and also contains a collection of plans, transparencies and photographs. The art history series “F” of the Proceedings of the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, has been published by the Department since 1957. In 1997 it was renamed Opuscula Historiae Artium and annually contains studies by the Department staff and other Czech and foreign art historians, as well as initial works by the Department’s graduates.

The history, pedagogical and research work of the Department is mapped out in the Almanach sedmdesát let Semináře dějin umění Masarykovy univerzity v Brně 1927–1997 [Almanac of the Seventieth Anniversary of the Department of the History of Art at Masaryk University in Brno, 1927-1997] by Jiří Kroupa and Lubomír Slavíček, eds., which was published on the seventieth anniversary of the foundation of the Department in 1997.

Department of European Ethnology

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The teaching of Ethnology at the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, began in 1933, when Dr. A. Václavík (1891-1959) became an associate professor of Czechoslovak ethnography. Together with his becoming a full professor, an independent Seminar for Ethnography and Ethnology was established in the academic year 1945/1946. The department has undergone numerous organizational changes since then: it became the Department of Ethnography and Folklore Studies headed by Prof. R. Jeřábek (1931-2006) in 1964; then, in 1970, it became a part of history departments in the normalization period; finally, in 1991, the present Department of European Ethnology was established, its name reflecting contemporary trends towards ethnological European Studies. It has been dealing systematically with the study of Czech Ethnicity and ethno-cultural relations with Central and South-Eastern European countries.

Presently, the study program in ethnology is offered as a three year Bachelor’s degree program (Bc.) and a two year Master’s degree program (Mgr.). It may be studied alone or in combination with another subject – especially History, Art History or the humanities. A part of the curriculum consists of lectures and seminars that introduce the basic fields of the subject – its history and methodology. Further, students may choose from courses dealing with traditional material culture (employment, housing, clothes), and phenomena of the social culture (family and society, festivals) and spiritual culture (folk religiosity, folklore), and develop a basic orientation in the complexity of various factors that form domestic ethnical culture. Lectures in non-European ethnology aim to avoid ethnocentrism and Eurocentrism. Concurrently, there are lectures by visiting professors from central specialized academic institutions and museums. These presentations deal with specific questions of urban ethnology, issues of ethnicity, cultures of small social groups, foreigners, ethnic minorities, children and youths. Field research directed at the documentation of the traditional cultures of individual
ethnographic groups living in Moravia, as well as the documentation of contemporary forms of socio-cultural life in rural and urban environments is an integral part of the training. Students are introduced to ethnographic collections and the operation of museums during the compulsory practice in a museum.

Home and foreign excursions have a long tradition at the Department. Prof. Jeřábek organized them regularly from 1962, in the beginning to countries of the former socialist block, and, after 1989, to destinations all over Europe (Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Great Britain, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden). Participants study ethnic histories of individual European nations together with historical and artistic monuments, material remains of traditional cultures and living cultural phenomena such as Semana Santa in Spain or the Roma pilgrimage in Camargue, France.

Master’s degree (Mgr.) graduates of Ethnology may continue in the doctoral degree program (Ph.D.), which is offered both in full-time and combined forms. The Ph.D. title is a prerequisite for carrying out research, and working in higher level education and academic institutions.

The majority of graduates find employment in museum institutions at the national or regional level; others deal with monument conservation, the media, cultural institutions and state administration. The Department keeps in contact with many graduates and invites them on international trips and to other events it organizes, such as the recent seminars on distinguished figures of Czech ethnography and the “Profile of the Ethnographic Region”, which is a ten year long cycle of seminars and field trips designed to examine and explore the individual ethnographic regions of the historical area of Moravia and Silesia.

The Departmental staff participate in grant projects and have been a part of an interdisciplinary research project focused the study of social structures since 2005.

The 60th Anniversary of the Department of European Ethnology Almanac [Almanach k 60. výročí Ústavu evropské etnologie] (Brno, 2006) contains further information about the Department. It includes basic data concerning the history of the Department as well as a list of diploma theses and dissertations, the list of graduates, and the bibliography of the staff.

Department of Film Studies and Audiovisual Culture

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History and Tradition

The history of film studies at the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, began in the post-1945 era. The Department of Theatre and Film studies was established in 1989 and an independent department was created in 2003. Film studies, which was reaccredited as the Theory and History of Film and Audiovisual Culture in 2001, began to offer courses in 1993.

Offered Degree Programs and Forms

Bachelor’s (Bc.), Master’s (Mgr.) and Doctoral degree programs. All the programs are offered in fulltime or combined forms.

The Department’s profile

is characterized mainly by a focus on Czech cinematography (Czech film in exile, the new wave, and cinematography between the wars and after World War II), the history of Central and Eastern European and the so-called third-world cinemas, typological and generic studies, contemporary theories of film, and historical, aesthetic and cultural studies of the audio-visual culture and media.

The program of studies

is generally focused on three main areas: the history of Czech cinematography, the history of world cinematography, and the theoretical-historical studies of film, television, the new media and audio-visual culture. In addition, more practically oriented courses in the fields of criticism, dramaturgy, scriptwriting and public television programming are offered.

International collaboration

Lectures by the foremost international film scholars are a regular feature of the program. Guest lecturers at the Department have included Thomas Elsaesser (The Netherlands), David Norman Rodowick and Peter Kramer (Great Britain), Michéle Pauline Lagny and Sylvie Lindeperg (France), Alicja Helman and Andrzej Gwóźdź (Poland), and Drehli Robnik (Austria).

Exchange programmes have been established as a part of the Socrates/Erasmus network with universities in Poland (Instytut Sztuk Audiowizualnych, Uniwersytet Jagielloński, Kraków), Italy (Dipartimento di Storiae Tutela dei Beni Culturali, Università degli Studi di Udine), Hungary (Center for the Study of Film and Audiovisual Culture the Moving Image, University of Pécs), Switzerland (Seminar für Filmwissenschaft der Universität Zürich), and Germany
(Bereich Medienwissenschaft, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena a Bauhaus-Universität Weimar).

The journal Cinematographica (Otázky filmu a audiovizuální kultury) [Cinematographica: Issues in Film and Audiovisual Culture] was established to present research findings, with the key volume “Cinematography and the City” (2005) – a study in local film history – representing an ongoing project “Film Brno”, which focuses on research into the history of local cinematography, and the of recent film history method.

Research and development grant projects are a part of the Department’s activities.

The Department participates in several educational programs and projects which are realized outside the scope of the usual program of studies. These include projects at the International Studies Centre of Masaryk University and the Department of Czech for Foreigners at the Faculty of Arts.

Graduates of the program are qualified to work in the humanities and fine arts, and in various media and cultural institutions which demand independent critical thinking and a systematic approach.

Bachelor’s degree consists of a systematic overview of basic theoretical concepts, terminology, historical data and context, and is appropriate for practice in applied disciplines.

The specialized Master’s degree program widens qualification in the field of fundamental research and offers preparation for employment in the following fields: 1) Academic and pedagogical practice in the theory and history of film, audio-visual culture, the media, and archiving in academic  institutions and schools, archives, and museums (this particularly applies to Master’s degree graduates); 2) Cultural and film journalism in printed and electronic media, public relations, editing, and translation; 3) Cultural management in cinemas and cultural and educational institutions, and the organization of film events; 4) Dramaturgic practice in film, television, radio, cinema, and film festivals.

Department of Philosophy

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Masaryk University
Faculty of Arts
Department of Philosophy

Arna Nováka 1, 602 00 Brno,
Czech Republic
tel. +420549493237, fax +420549491541

Department Head:

prof. PhDr. Jan Zouhar, CSc.

Department Secretary:

Hana Holmanová


prof. PhDr. Petr Horák, CSc.
prof. PhDr. Břetislav Horyna, Ph.D.
prof. PhDr. Jaroslav Hroch, CSc.
prof. PhDr. Josef Krob, CSc.
prof. PhDr. Ing. Josef Šmajs, CSc.
prof. PhDr. Jan Zouhar, CSc.

Associate Professors:

doc. PhDr. Radim Brázda, Dr.
doc. PhDr. Ivana Holzbachová, CSc.
doc. PhDr. Helena Pavlincová, Ph.D.

Professor Assistants:

Mgr. Zdeňka Jastrzembská, Ph.D.
Mgr. Marek Picha, Ph.D.
Mgr. Dagmar Pichová, Ph.D.
PhDr. Josef Petrželka, Ph.D.
Mgr. Jiří Raclavský, Ph.D.
PhDr. Jiří Svoboda, CSc.

Professor Emeritus:

prof. PhDr. Pavel Materna, CSc.

External Staff:

prof. PhDr. Ivan Blecha, CSc.
PhDr. Tomáš Měšťánek
Mgr. Jakub Vojta, Ph.D.

The Department of Philosophy offers a complete program in the instruction of philosophy and secondary school teacher training in social studies basics.

The Department focuses its research activities on contemporary English, American and Canadian Philosophy (Hroch), Modern and Contemporary German Philosophy (Horyna), Contemporary French Philosophy (Horák, Krob, Pichová), Czech Philosophy in the 19th and 20th Centuries and T. G. Masaryk (Zouhar, Pavlincová, Svoboda), Contemporary Approaches to Ontology and Epistemology (Krob, Jastrzembská, Picha), Theory of Reasoning and Mind (Picha), Contemporary and Comparative Ethics (Brázda), Philosophy of Society and Philosophy History (Horák, Holzbachová, Zouhar), Evolutionary Ontology, Philosophy of Science (Holzbachová), Philosophy of Language, Analytical Philosophy and Philosophical Hermeneutics (Hroch), Philosophical Issues of Cosmology and Science Fiction (Krob), Logical Semantics of Natural Language and Theory of Concept (Materna, Raclavský), Analytical Metaphysics and Analytical Epistemology (Raclavský), History of Ancient Greek Philosophy, Philosophy of the Middle-Ages and Medieval Studies (Horyna), The Renaissance and Modern Philosophy (Brázda, Picha), and Philosophy of Religion (Horyna, Pavlincová, Svoboda).

Bachelor’s (Bc.) and Master’s (Mgr.) degree programs

In the full-time form, the Department of Philosophy offers Philosophy in the Bachelor’s degree program. It offers Philosophy and Secondary School Teacher Training in Social Studies Basics in the Master’s degree program. Studies are offered both as single- and double-subject programs. In the combined form, the Department offers Philosophy in the Bachelor’s degree program and Secondary School Teacher Training in Social Studies Basics in the Master’s degree program. Basic study materials and methodological aids are available as prescribed literature and texts in electronic form (see the Departmental webpage: http://www.phil.muni.cz/fil).

Doctoral (Ph.D.) degree program

The program is open to graduates of the Master’s level program in Philosophy and other related subjects. It is offered in fulltime and combined forms. Thesis supervisors are the Department staff and members of other university and academic institutions. Dissertation topics are related to the academic profile of the Department and supervisors.

Studies abroad

Students of Philosophy may qualify for study stays abroad within the Erasmus/Socrates exchange programme at the following foreign universities: Université de Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne), Université de Bourgogne (Dijon), Faculté de la Philosophie Université Jean Moulin, (Lyon 3), Ecole Normale Supérieure, Lettres et Scieneces Humaines (Lyon), Universität Hannover, Univerzita Wroclaw, Univerzita Komenského Bratislava, and Lancaster University.

Department of German, Scandinavian and Netherland Studies

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The Department of Germanic Studies at Masaryk University is one of the oldest departments of the Faculty of Arts. In the period between the world wars, the most prominent academics of the Department were the linguist Antonín Beer and the literary historian Jan Krejčí, who conducted research into German literature written in Moravia. Later, the Department suffered a great lost when Stanislav Sahánek was murdered in the Mauthausen concentration camp during the Nazi occupation. After 1945, it focused primarily on research into Medieval relics (Leopold Zatočil, Eva Uhrová), geographically and socio-linguistically based research into Early High German (Zdeněk Masařík), Germano-Slavics (Jiří Munzar) and word order in German (Jaromír Zeman).

Norwegian and Dutch courses were opened in both Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs in 1973 and 1999, respectively. Students may study German Language and Literature as a philological discipline, teacher training for secondary schools, and, in the near future, translation and interpretation studies in German.

At this moment, there are 15 full time members of the staff at the Department (their profiles are available at: http://www.muni.cz/phil/212200/people), 5 foreign lecturers and approximately 500 students in the Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degree programs. On the basis of partner agreements with German and Austrian universities, foreign students of Germanic Studies come to Brno and, conversely, our students travel on short- and long-term study stays abroad to countries matching their study profile.

Courses offered by the Department are in the form of lectures, seminars and workshops, and cover basic literary survey courses, an introduction to linguistic disciplines, basic Swedish, translation into and from the mother tongue, cultural history, the interpretation of lyrical and short epic poetry, contemporary literature and film, the language of the media, journalistic and creative writing, and dramatization. Courses are taught in German (or in Dutch or Norwegian); the stress is put on active language skills in the language. Bachelor’s and Master’s theses are written in the studied language and are available in the University’s Information System. Students may choose Germanic, Nordic and Dutch Studies block seminars and lectures taught by visiting professors from the Department’s partner universities and the whole of Masaryk University.

Linguistic research is mainly focused on contrastive linguistics and sociolinguistics, and the publishing of medieval literary relics; the literary research deals with the study of the relationship of philosophy and ideology to literature, and on the comparison of literatures and their theoretical study (the project concerning The Dictionary of Comparative Literary Studies Terminology). Germanic, Nordic and Dutch Studies

Department of the History of Art

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Department of History is a distinguished research and academic institution. It was founded in 1919 as a part of the then formed Masaryk University. A range of excellent Professors such as V. Hrubý, R. Holinka, R. Urbánek J. Šebánek, J. Macůrek, J. Kudrna, J. Mezník, J. Válka, J. Janák, and C. Nečas determined its profile and high academic standards. At present, there are two professors, seven associate professors, six professor assistants and two instructors at the Department, who participate in dozens of research projects focused on the modern interpretation of Czech history from the Early Middle-Ages to the present in a broader European context. They also deal with various issues relating to the general history of Western, Central and Eastern Europe with special regard to the histories of Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary and Russia, collaborating with many historical institutions from these countries.

The specific conditions of the accessibility of sources and the division of labour among historical institutions increase interest in the history of Moravia and its place in the history of the Czech state as well as Central Europe. The Department staff members participate in projects from the Czech Science Foundation, and since 2005 have been involved with the Research Centre for Central-European History: Sources, Country, Culture. It is a long-term interdisciplinary research project that deals with the important question of the roots of Central European historical and cultural identity with a stress on the role of countries in history. The project focuses on research into the older, modern and contemporary history of Central Europe and specifically into Czech statehood, the development of estates, the modernization of society, the transformation of elites, the relationship between nation and country, the prehistory of European integration, the role of religion and culture in the modern period, land historiography, and historical memory. Among the results of the research are numerous conferences, dozens of published books, hundreds of studies, and editorial work in the “C” Series of the Facutly Proceedings (SPFFBU), and journal of Matice moravská.

The Department of History offers three levels of education in History: Bachelor’s (Bc.), Master’s (Mgr.) and Doctoral (Ph. D.) degree programs. Students may study History as a single- or double-subject program.

The Bachelor’s degree program offers a survey of the basic issues and research methods of history from the Early Middle-Ages to the end of the 20th Century. There are four blocks of courses that form the core of the program: History of the Middle-Ages, History of Early Modern Age, History of the 19th Century and History of the 20th Century. The Bachelor’s degree program is offered in full-time and combined forms.

The Master’s degree program offers several specializations applicable for the preparation and writing of the Master’s thesis.

The Doctoral degree program is open to candidates of high specialized qualification who wish to work in the field of science and research or in higher education. It is possible to study in the full-time or combined form. Besides working on their dissertation, candidates participate in scientific training, and publishing.

The Department offers Teacher Training for Secondary School teachers, which covers education in issues of Czech and general histories and helps to develop historical thinking and the ability to react to new questions raised within the field and by contemporary society.

The Department provides students with opportunities to develop their abilities in various historical subdisciplines and state of the art historical research. Thus, students can model their program with regard to the needs of their future professional career. A large departmental library is available.

There are up to 650 students of History altogether in all forms.

The Department of History enjoys a distinguished reputation, the reasons for which are not only its involvement in various research projects and its participation in scientific conferences, but also its successful applications for grants, the variety and quality of its publications, and the fact that its staff are members of prestigious historical committees and societies. Furthermore, its students achieve regular success in national competitions.

Department of Musicology

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Degree programs

Bachelor’s degree programs offered in full-time and combined forms:

  • Musicology
  • Combined Art Studies
  • Theory of Interactive Media
  • Theory and Performance Practice of Old Music

Master’s degree programs:

  • Musicology
  • Theory of Interactive Media

Prospective Master’s degree programs:

  • Cultural Management
  • Comparative History of Art
  • Teaching Aesthetic Education at Secondary Schools
  • Roma Cultural Studies

Doctoral degree program

  • Musicology

History of the Department:
The Department was founded by Vladimír Helfert soon after the establishment of Masaryk University in the 1920s. It has educated hundreds of musicologists and culturologists. A vast umber of fundamental works in the field of  musicology were produced at the department, especially dealing with musical historiography, musical lexicography, and aesthetic and musical theories.

Structure of the Department:
The Department is an independent division within the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, with the Centre for Musical Lexicography and the Academy of Old Music as its parts. It includes a library with a sound archive, two multimedia seminar rooms, a computer lab for students, and practice rooms with electric pianos and a cembalo.

Fields of Research:
European music history (and culture) in the 16th to 20th centuries, especially in the Czech and Central European area; analysis and editing of 20th century music composition (including research into Janáček); musical lexicography;  hymnology; performance practice of old music; theory and history of popular music and culture; theory and archaeology of the new media. The Department annually organizes international colloquia as part of the International Music Festival Brno.

ERASMUS Partner University Institutions:
Royal Holloway College, University of London (Great Britain); Cardiff University (Great Britain); University of Tampere (Finland); University of Helsinki (Finland); University of Lapland (Finland); University of Copenhagen (Denmark); Université de Paris IV-Sorbonne (France); Université Nancy 2 (France); Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (Germany); Universität Regensburg (Germany) Martin-Luther Universität Halle (Germany); Universität Leipzig (Germany); Universität Wien (Austria); Universität Salzburg (Austria); University of Ljubljana (Slovenia); Univerzita Komenského v Bratislavě (Slovakia); Akdeniz University (Turkey).

Department Head: PhDr. Petr Macek, Ph.D.
Prof. PhDr. MgA. Miloš Štědroň, CSc.; prof. PhDr. Jaroslav Střítecký, CSc.; prof. dr. Geoffrey Chew; em. prof. PhDr. Rudolf Pečman, DrSc.; em. prof. PhDr. Jiří Vysloužil, DrSc.; doc. PhDr. Mikuláš Bek, Ph.D.; doc. PhDr. Lubomír Spurný, Ph.D.; Mgr. Kristýna Bobáková, Ph.D.; PhDr. Aleš Filip, Ph.D.; Mgr. Jana Horáková, Ph.D.; PhDr. Aleš Opekar, CSc.; PhDr. Jana Perutková, Ph.D.; Mgr. Jana Spáčilová, Ph.D.; Mgr. Jiří Zahrádka, Ph.D.; Mgr. Vladimír Maňas; PhDr. Stanislav Tesař; Mgr. et MgA. Miloslav Študent.
Mgr. Martin Flašar; Mgr. Kateřina Hnátová; Mgr. Petr Kalina; Mgr. et Mgr. Martin Kuchař; Mgr. Viktor Pantůček; Mgr. Simona Sedláčková; Mgr. Jan Špaček; Mgr. Ludmila Němcová (librarian).
Vlasta Taranzová; Jitka Leflíková.
Other External Teachers and Collaborators:
Prof. PhDr. Ivan Poledňák, DrSc., prof. PhDr. Karel Steinmetz, CSc., prof. PhDr. Jiří Sehnal, CSc.; prof. ak. soch. Tomáš Ruller; doc. Mgr. Vladimír Richter; Mgr. Jan Beránek; PhDr. Martin Horyna; Mgr. Petr Christov, Ph.D.; PhDr. Markéta Hallová; Mgr. Lenka Lacinová, Ph.D.; PhDr. František Malý; PhDr. Olga Mojžíšová; Mgr. Marie Novotná; PhDr. Vlasta Reittererová; PhDr. Marina Stejskalová, CSc.; PhDr. Pavel Sýkora, Ph.D.; Mgr. Josef Šebesta, Ph.D. and others.

Department of Library Studies

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The Division offers education in the following program of studies:
Information and Library Studies.

The following single-subject programs are offered:

  • Bachelor’s (Bc.) degree program with the standard length of three years in full-time and combined form, with the possibility of continuing in the Master’s program.
  • Master’s (Mgr.) degree program with the standard length of two years in full-time and combined form. Graduates of all Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs are eligible to apply for the program.

Program Content:

The study program focuses on the training of specialists in the following areas: the development and utilization of methods of choice, organization, searching for and using information sources, working with information technology in the context of information management, the application of information policies, and supporting the information society.

Characteristics of the Graduate’s Profile:

Bachelor’s (Bc.) degree program of studies (first cycle of university education)

Graduates of the first cycle of the program of studies in Information and Library Studies have the necessary theoretical, methodological, and ethical foundation to approach work and research in a number of areas relating to information and library science. These include, for example, information technology and the Internet; social communication; library standardization and knowledge organization; the creation and management of library and information systems and information education; working with information sources in digital libraries and database centres; and information management.

They are able to apply theory to library and information practice and use state of the art information and communication technologies. They are also able to use information technologies, methods and tools for the creation of library and information funds, information search engines, and the means of mediating of information and knowledge to users.

Master’s (Mgr.) degree program of studies (second cycle of university education)

Graduates of the second cycle of the program of studies in Information and Library Studies have the necessary theoretical, methodological, and ethical foundation to approach work and research in a number of areas relating to information and library science. These include, for example, information technology and the Internet, knowledge organization, research and information analysis, information management, creativity in the field of information policy, and the information industry.

They are able to creatively apply knowledge in library and information practice with the use of state of the art information and communication technologies, particularly for creating library and information funds, and local and global information banks. They are also involved in the analytic-syntheic processing of documents and information sources, and the creation and use of information languages. In addition, they work in the fields of knowledge organization, navigation, the location and use of information sources, the management of information centres and their services, and the  mediation of information and knowledge to users.

Department of Classical Studies

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The Department of Classical Studies was founded in 1919. Its main focus is on the study of Latin and Ancient Greek. The study of Modern Greek, both the language and its literature, has been developing at the Department since 1993. The Department’s interests thus range from ancient Indo-European languages of the Mediterranean and comparative Indo-European linguistics, to medieval studies and the study of modern languages and literatures.

Research and Publishing Activity

The Department aims its research and publishing activities towards the fields of Latin and Greek, both their languages and literatures, and the history of Greece in the Middle-Ages and in the Modern Age. Members of the  Department publish in the Czech Republic and abroad; the Departmental journal has been published annually since 1952.

A centre for electronic databases of Greek and Latin texts from the Antiquity and the Middle Ages has been created at the Department with funds from the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (in collaboration with the Institute of Greek and Latin Studies at the Faculty of Philosophy and Arts, Charles University in Prague, the Department of Philosophy at the Czech Academy of Sciences, and the Czech National Library).

The Department is also the home of the following institutions: The Union of Classical Philologists, which regularly organizes lectures, and The Czech Society of Neo-Greek Studies, which annually publishes a volume of lectures.


Specialized libraries which have their own individual depositories and different opening hours are available to teachers and students at the Department. They are: The Library of Classical Philology, The Library of Ancient History, The Library of Neo-Greek, and Düchting’s Library of the Latin Middle Ages. There is a study room with a day long operation which is open daily and Internet access in the Library of Classical Philology.

Collaboration with Foreign Institutions

The Department collaborates with a number of important European university institutions. Students have opportunities to win scholarships to study abroad, e.g. in Austria, Germany, Italy and Greece.

Department of Educational Sciences

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The Department of Educational Sciences at the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, is a university institute with a long tradition. At present, there are ten members of staff and several dozen external collaborators, who teach courses offered at the Department, conduct research, and participate in development and publication activities. Milan Pol is the Head of Department and Milada Rabušicová is the Deputy-Head.

The Department of Educational Sciences offers university level education in two areas. Education as a social science is offered as a Bachelor’s (Bc.) degree program in full-time and combined forms, as a Master’s (Mgr.) degree program in full-time form, and as a Doctoral (Ph.D.) degree program in full-time and combined forms. The aim of the programs is to produce professionals in the field of education. Graduates may work in the following fields: in administration or in institutions of all levels dealing with education, training, and social care; as counselors in counseling institutions; as teachers at secondary and tertiary schools; as personnel advisers in businesses; as lecturers and training managers in private and public educational institutions; as experts in research and evaluation in non-profit making organizations, and research and development institutions; and in government.

Social Education and Counseling is the other core area at the Department. It is also offered as a Bachelor’s (Bc.) and Master’s (Mgr.) degree program in full-time form. It is open as a double-subject study program. The aim of this subject is to train qualified professionals in the sphere of social and counseling services as well as educational institutions. Graduates may work as specialists in social education, as social workers or therapists in social care institutions, hospitals, remedial centres, refugee camps, and correctional facilities, and as career advisers at job and counseling centres.

The Department of Educational Sciences also offers courses in education and didactic disciplines for students on teaching training programs at the Faculties of Arts and Sciences, Masaryk University, and supplementary studies in education for practicing teachers. It organizes specialized studies in School Management and Educational Counseling as a part of life-long education.

The Department provides its students with quality teaching in a modern and friendly environment. It offers regular lectures given by national and international specialists to students and the wider public. It also offers the possibility of participating in foreign exchange programs with partner universities in Europe – something which is regarded as an integral part of the curriculum. In addition, it encourages the students to undergo scientific training by allowing them to participate in research projects conducted at the Department.

All the Departmental staff and doctoral students work on a variety of scientific and research activities. At present, the majority of the staff participate in the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs supported project Adult Civic Education in the Czech Republic (Context, Participation, Offer and Participants) which aims to map out the educational needs of the adult population of the Czech Republic and compare them with existing educational possibilities. The following grant projects funded by the Czech Science Foundation are conducted at the Department: ICT in a Teacher’s Everyday Work, Czech School Head Teachers and Their Personal and Professional Path Development, and Small Schools with Composite Classes in the Czech Republic. Current and completed projects have provided the basis for much of the Department’s comprehensive publishing activities.

The Department also participates in a variety of development projects primarily aimed at improving the quality of studies and enhancing the employability of graduates etc. It is a state of the art university department founded on two pillars: students training and progress in the field of research. Further information about current events and opportunities for study and collaboration are available on the Department’s website:

Department of Psychology

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Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University Arna Nováka 1, 602 00 Brno
Tel: +420 549 497 794
Fax: +420 549 491 523

Psychology has been taught at the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, since the university was founded in 1919. The Department of Psychology as such was established by Professor Mihajlo Rostohar in 1926 and since then has been a part of the Faculty.

At present, the Department offers undergraduate and doctoral studies in Psychology. It provides education in the regular university-level study of psychology.

The Department offers a five-year, single-subject, full-time and combined Master’s (Mgr.) degree program in Psychology, which is divided into two cycles. The first cycle lasts three years and is completed with a comprehensive exam; the second cycle lasts for two years and is completed with the defense of a Master’s thesis and the Final State Exam.

The Master’s degree program offers education to universal specialists who are capable of working in many fields of social practice (health services, prisons, hospices, schools, pedagogical-psychological counseling, premarital, marital and family counseling, organizations, management, industry and transportation, advertising, judicature, the armed forces, and others). Students may attend courses in teacher training and thus qualify as secondary school teachers of Psychology.

Interest among prospective students to study Psychology at the Faculty of Arts has always been very great. About 90 applicants are accepted to the full-time study program each year. Within the combined form of studies, two groups of approximately 30 students are created every year. There are more than 500 students at the Department altogether. The Department offers a Doctoral (Ph.D.) degree program. Psychologists – graduates of the Master’s program in Psychology – may develop their knowledge in full-time or combined studies with a standard length of 3 years. The studies are completed with a State Doctoral Exam and a defense of a doctoral dissertation. The program is open to prospective university teachers, scientists and researchers. The following specialized subjects are currently accredited at the Department: General Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Social Psychology, and Developmental Psychology.

The number of applicants to the doctoral program exceeds the Department’s tutorial capacities. Mostly, graduates of single-subject Master’s degree studies in Psychology at a faculty of arts are accepted onto the course (or, possibly, of a related subject at Master’s level).

The Department offers the doctoral degree viva voce (PhDr.). There is no program of studies as a preparation for the degree organized at the Faculty. The State Examination consists in a defense of a thesis and an oral viva voce examination.

The Department also offers life-long education in Psychology, which does not result in a university degree. This form of education is nevertheless very popular. There are approximately 20-25 participants each year.

There are 15 teachers that are members of the Department and another 47 external teachers from research institutions (The Institute of Psychology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic), other  faculties or universities, clinics and counseling institutions. Courses taught by visiting foreign specialists regularly enrich the program.

Teaching takes place on Faculty premises as well as in clinics, medical facilities, pedagogical-psychological, marital and family counseling offices, industrial, transport and business offices, and in research institutes.

The Department of Psychology offers single-subject Master’s (Mgr.) degree studies, Doctoral (Ph.D.) degree studies, and a number of research projects in the field of psychological theories and their application, most of which are grant-funded (from Czech Science Foundation (GAAV), Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (AVČR), Higher Education Development Fund (FRVŠ), and foreign agencies). Masters’ and doctoral theses topics are set according to the current research tasks of the Department.

The Department collaborates with a number of foreign psychological institutions (in Slovakia, Poland, Great Britain, France, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, and others). The Department also organizes foreign exchanges for students of Psychology with partner universities in Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany, and Spain.

The Department publishes a journal SPFFBU every year which has been called Annales psychologici since 1996. It is the journal of psychology in which members of the Department publish their work as well as experts from other institutions – various university faculties, Academy of Sciences departments, and foreign experts with whom the Department closely collaborates.

The Department also published widely. The members of the Department publish in domestic and foreign journals and collections, author monographs and textbooks, and participate in domestic and foreign congresses, symposiums and conferences, where they present in the form of lectures and posters the results of their scientific research and other activities.

Department for the Study of Religions

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The Department for the Study of Religions, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, was founded in 1991 as a joint department of the Institute of Philosophy at the Academy of Sciences and Department of Philosophy of the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University. It has been an independent department at the Faculty of Arts since 1993. In 1992, the Department became the first in the Czech Republic to offer a five-year Master’s degree program of Religious Studies.

At present, the Department offers a three-year Bachelor’s (abbreviated Bc.) degree program and a two-year Master’s (abbreviated Mgr.) degree program. In 2002, it became the first Religious Studies department in the country to offer a doctoral (Ph.D.) degree program. In 2005, the Department granted accreditation to award post-doctoral degrees and to appoint full professors in Religious Studies.

The Department pursues the teaching of Religious Studies at the university level as well as a research program, the structure and direction of which is based on a broad understanding of the study of religions and allows for an organic connection with the educational process. Its profile enables it to focus on new religious movements, the perception of Eastern systems of religions in the West, and archaic religious traditions, as well as the methodology of Religious Studies.

The Department currently participates in four ongoing international projects and activities. They are: Religions and Values: Central and Eastern European Research Network (REVACERN), Central European Exchange Programme for University Studies (CEEPUS), Erasmus, and Central European Religious Studies (CERES).

REVACERN is the most important of the activities. Its aim is to establish a working network for selected Central and Eastern European academic institutions dealing with religion. The project began on 1 January 2007 and will end on 31 December 2009; its total funding amounts to €800,000. This project is a part of the Sixth Framework Program of the European Union for Research and Technological Development.

At present, there are six academic staff members and a technical-administrative assistant. There are two associate professors, two assistant professor assistants with Ph.D.s and three instructors.

The Department for the Study of Religions is the seat of the Czech Society for Religion Studies (“ČSR” – known as the Czech Society for the Study of Religion, “ČSSN”, until 2006) as well as the home of the Czech Journal of Religion Studies Religio – Religion Studies Review. (http://www.phil.muni.cz/relig/religio.htm).

Department of Romance Languages and Literatures

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The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures was founded at the same time as the Faculty of Arts at Masaryk University. At present, there are more than 700 students including forty Ph.D. candidates. Bachelor’s (Bc.) and Master’s (Mgr.) degree programs, full-time and combined in form, are focused on the French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese languages and their literatures. Besides these main languages, Catalan, Basque and Romanian are also taught. In the Master’s cycle of studies, the Department also offers teacher training for secondary school teachers.


The Department has established exchange programs with foreign universities for both students and teachers. They include Montréal (Canada), Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro (Brasil), Paris XII, Paris V, INALCO, Amiens, and Nancy (France), Brussels (Belgium), Santiago de Compostela, Cádiz, Valladolid, Zaragoza, Murcia, and Madrid (Spain), Evora, Porto, Braga, Lisbon, and Coimbra (Portugal) as well as Poznan and Warsaw (Poland) and Piliscsaba and Szegen (Hungary). Collaboration with some of these universities has led to the establishment of Ph.D. programs under double supervision, which is completed with a defence before an international committee. The Department is a member of the Centre for Canadian Studies, where it collaborates with the Central European Association for Canadian Studies. Students have the opportunity to attend about twenty lectures a year given by colleagues from abroad, and artists and writers visiting Brno.

Quality of Studies.

Members of the Department staff are among the founders of the Gallica association, which aims to support the study of the French language and French literature, including studies at doctoral level. Five students from Brno have been awarded the Prix Gallica prize for the best Master’s and Doctoral thesis during the last six years. Students from Brno are also among the winners of the Premio Ibero-americano prize for the best students of Hispanic and Lusitanian Studies, awarded by Ambassadors of Ibero-American countries to the Czech Republic. Students are equally successful in translators’ competitions. In addition, students from the Department regularly win important scholarships. For example, a Ph.D. candidate from Brno earned the Gaston Miron scholarship and prize awarded annually to one student in a world-wide competition. The Department has an esteemed reputation – much of it founded on the work of a long line of celebrated Romance Studies scholars, some of whom are still active at the department today: professors Otto Ducháček, Otakar Novák, Karel Ohnesorg, Jaroslava Pačesová, Jaroslav Fryčer, Jiří Šrámek, Lubomír Bartoš, associate professors Ivan Seidl, Eva Spitzová, Růžena Ostrá, and Eva Stavinohová.


There are two research activities that are connected to grant-funded projects of the Czech Science Foundation – Hispanic American Fantasy Short Stories (Assoc. Prof. Lukavská), Diversity and Unity in Canadian Literature (Prof. Kyloušek) –, and one funded by the Grant Agency of the Czech Academy of Sciences – Modernity in Questions: the Contemporary French Novel Production versus the Myth of Modernity (Dr. Dytrt). Members of the Department also participate in the following grant-funded projects: Comparative Dictionary of Literary Terms (Prof. Kyloušek), and The Centre for the Interdisciplinary Research of Ancient Languages and Older Stages of Modern Languages (Dr. Librová). The Department publishes more than thirty works in domestic and foreign journals every year, including articles, monographs, and translations. For over forty years, the journal Études Romanes de Brno, subscribed by foreign universities and libraries, has been published by the Department. Brno scholars have authored the following essential books: A Dictionary of Authors writing in French [Slovník franouzsky píšících spisovatelů] (Fryčer et al.), A History of French Literature in a Nutshell
[Dějiny francouzské literatury v kostce]
(Šrámek), A History of French-Canadian and Quebec Literatures [Dějiny francouzskokanadské a quebecké literatury] (Kyloušek). Eva Stavinohová’s translation of The Little Prince by Saint-Exupery, and Růžena Ostrá’s translation of Solibo Magnificent by Chamoiseau are well known.
The following student translations have been produced at translation seminars and published: The Cat-Woman and Other Lebanese Fairytales [Kočičí žena a jiné libanonské pohádky], a reader of contemporary short fiction in French: Whose Dream is This? [Čí je to sen?], and an anthology of contemporary Quebec novels Searching for America [Hledání Ameriky].

Activities outside of the University.

Brno students have the opportunity to take advantage of various extra-mural programs: there are projects aimed at learning about Portugal, expeditions to Latin-American countries (Peru), and grants to learn about and meet minority cultures in Spain and Portugal. Students also participate substantially on preparing the programs of special days dedicated to Romance cultures, and festivals of theatre and film.

Department of Slavonic Studies

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The Department of Slavic Studies, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, was founded in 1995 to integrate various departments dealing with Slavonic languages, literatures and cultural-political areas.

At present, there are more than 600 students in Bachelor’s (Bc.), Master’s (Mgr.) and Doctoral (Ph.D.) degree study programs, which are focused on individual languages and literatures (Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, Slovenian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, Slovak, and Bulgarian, and the Balkan studies, and in the near future also Lusatian Serbian and Belorussian) and based on a philological- areal approach, which connects the language, literature, cultural history and politics of the concerned language area. Students of the Department are trained to become experts able to work in various positions in research, modern language teaching, and management (especially in companies trading with Russia, Ukraine, and the Balkans), and in responsible positions in the sphere of culture, politics, economics and diplomatic service. Students are offered theoretical and practical preparation at the Department and take part in at least one scholarship stay in the country which they study, as well as in other countries in Eastern, Southern and Western Europe where the concerned subject is studied. This focus on the practical learning is reflected in new subject fields that are being opened. In the near future, there will be, for example, Area Studies, a Master’s (Mgr.) degree in Comparative Literature, Slavonic Area Studies, and Master’s degree studies in General Slavonic Studies.

The Department offers the following subjects to all applicants in full-time form as well as short-term study stays, which are increasingly popular among students from EU countries:

The Department is comprised of the following sections:

  • Seminar of Eastern Slavonic Languages
  • Seminar of Eastern Slavonic Literatures
  • Seminar of Southern Slavonic Philologies and Balkan Studies
  • Seminar of Western Slavonic Languages and Literatures
  • Institute of Area Studies
  • Institute of Russian Studies
  • In the near future, other interdisciplinary institutes focused on Central Europe will be established.

The Department is at present scientifically the most stabile institute of Slavonic Studies in the Czech Republic. It has a dynamic innovative potential. It offers 10 (15 in the near future) Bachelor’s (Bc.) and Master’s (Mgr.) degree programs, and 7 doctoral (Ph.D.) degree programs – Comparative Literature, The Theory of Area Studies, Paleoslavic and Slavic Languages, Russian Language, Russian Literature, Polish Language, and The Theory and History of Slavic Literatures.

The scientific and research activities of Department members areprolific; they are published in the Czech Republic and abroad and they are known and respected throughout the world. The Department regularly organized international scientific symposia; its students and Ph.D. candidates participate in research activities. It collaborates with renowned institutes of Slavonic Studies worldwide. It is the seat of the Czech Association of Slavists and other associations of international importance; it is represented on the International Committee of Slavists and in the chairs of several of its sub-committees.

The Department publishes several journals: the (?) “X” series Slavica Litteraria of the Proceedings of the Faculty of Arts, the quarterly periodical Opera Slavica, focusing on linguistic and literary issues, the periodical Studia Balcanica, Texts on Slovak Studies in Brno [Texty k brněnské slovakistice] and Literaria Humanitas. The journals are open to Master’s and doctoral degree students for publishing opportunities.

Members of the Department have authored publications aimed at a wider readership, such as: Dictionary of Polish Writers [Slovník polských spisovatelů], Dictionary of Balkan Writers [Slovník balkánských spisovatelů] and Dictionary of Russian, Ukrainian and Belorussian Writers [Slovník ruských, ukrajinských a běloruských spisovatelů], as well as book and article-length studies of Slavonic modernity, art nouveau, Russian short stories, erotic topics in Russian literature, Balkan studies, Balkan Slavonic literatures, Czech-Slavonic-European relations, the Russian novel, Central Europe, Polish literature, Southern and Eastern Slavonic languages, Polish and Area studies, Comparative literature and literary genres.

Department of Auxiliary Historical Sciences and Archive Studies

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The Department of Auxiliary Historical Sciences and Archive Studies at the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, is a research and teaching institution in the fields of auxiliary historical sciences, the history of administration, archive studies and editing work.

Diplomacy has been at the centre of the Department’s interest since its inception in the 1920s, specifically the diplomacy of the Premysl dynasty period (9th-13th century) which was transformed after WWII into a continuation of the basic edition of the diplomatic material of the Premysl dynasty period – Codex diplomaticus et epistolaris regni Bohemiae, which is the Department’s core research activity. Other disciplines have gradually expanded the fields of research – diplomacy of the modern period, paleography, codicology, epigraphy, and campanology. Accessing relics of urban law has been a new editorial topic since the 1980s, and the editorial preparation of literary relics from the Czech Reformation has been pursued since the 1990s. The Department participates in the preparation of a rudimentary edition of Czech Reformation literature Magistri Iohannis Hus Opera omnia which is being published by a prestigious Belgian publisher Brepols in the Corpus christianorum, continuatio mediaevalis edition. The Department is thus one of the foremost Czech editorial institutions.

At present, besides Codex diplomaticus, members of the Department focus on diplomacy of the modern age (documents of Moravian institutions from the 17th and 18th centuries), paleography (writing in the Czech lands during the Premysl dynasty; Latin manuscript fragments from Bohemia and Moravia from before 13th century, the beginnings of Latin written culture in the Czech lands), sphragistic (court and noble sphragistic until 1526), the history of administration (the history of administrative institutions in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Age) and archive studies. Studies of the beginnings of Czech Utraquism are related to the editorial preparation of Early Reformation literature. A number of topics are dealt with as grant-funded projects of the Czech Science Foundation and as a part of the research programs of the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. In connection with scientific work, the Department has established contacts with similarly profiled institutions in the Czech Republic and with experts abroad.

Historical Sciences and Archive Studies The Department has offered education in the field of Archive Studies since the end of the 1940s, and Auxiliary Historical Sciences since the 1990s. There are Bachelor’s (Bc.) and Master’s (Mgr.) degree programmes. It is also possible to study Auxiliary Historical Sciences in a doctoral (Ph.D.) degree programme, in a full-time as well as combined form. Students of all forms of studies participate in Departmental research activities while working on their theses. Graduates of both subjects are likely to find employment, especially in archives of all kinds, in cultural institutions and in government.

Department of Linguistics and Baltic

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The Department of Linguistics and Baltic Studies offers the following degree programmes:

Single- and double-subject Bachelor’s (Bc.) degree programmes in General Linguistics and Baltic Studies with a focus on Finnish and Baltic Studies with a focus on Lithuanian.

Single- and double-subject Mater’s (Mgr.) degree programs of studies of Linguistics and Baltic Studies with a focus on Finnish and Baltic Studies with a focus on Lithuanian.

A doctoral (Ph.D.) degree program in General Linguistics and a doctoral (Ph.D.) degree program in Indo-European linguistics

General Linguistics

The Bachelor’s (Bc.) level of studies of General Linguistics focuses on the presentation of the basics of general linguistics as applied to all levels of language. The methodological approach oriented mainly towards structuralism, but instruction in generative approaches is also offered. A course in the history of linguistics is offered as a part of the programme and focuses on the comparison of various methodological schools. Practical courses in selected languages such as Sanskrit, Finnish, Lithuanian, and Latin are also a part of the program.

The Master’s (Mgr.) level of studies in General Linguistics offers further development of individual disciplines that are the part of Bachelor’s degree programme and introduces a new dimension, specifically the diachronic approach, including the basics of Indo-European.

The doctoral (Ph.D.) degree program in general linguistics is a specialized form of studies based on intensive collaboration with the adviser and selected institutions outside Masaryk University.

Indo-European Studies

The doctoral (Ph.D) degree program of studies of Indo-European is a specialized form of studies based on intensive collaboration with the adviser who provides further contact outside Masaryk University.

Bachelor’s (Bc.) Degree Program in Baltic Studies Offer Three Areas of Focus

The History and culture of the Baltic arc, stretching from Finland to Belarus and from Germany to Russia is the first area, the literary history of this area is the second, and practical language education in the chosen language is the third – students may specialize in Lithuanian or Finnish; Latvian is offered as a supplementary language.

The Master’s (Mgr.) degree program in Baltic Studies follows the preceding Bachelor’s program of studies and it consists of courses expanding knowledge especially in literary courses.

At both levels, we collaborate closely with Finnish and Lithuanian partners (ministries of culture, universities).

The Department staff fields of research include

Etymology, Indo-European Studies, Baltic and Finno-Ugric languages, Phonology, Semantics, Syntax, Baltic and Finno-Ugric literatures.

Department of Aesthetics

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Aesthetics is a discipline of the humanities that is grounded on a written tradition more than 2,000 years old. It studies the relationship of human perception, education, and fine arts on the one hand with social and innate norms that create them on the other.

It develops abilities to understand and professionally explain (interpret) works of art and questions related to human culture, such as: What is the aim of fine arts? Why do artistic genres, styles, and eras exist? How and why did period styles, or styles of classes, change? What are the values that fine arts and culture mediate and how does it educate us? How did various epochs of the European civilization answer these questions?

It is no wonder that aesthetic enquiry engaged historical figures such as František Palacký, Bernard Bolzano, T. G. Masaryk, and Karel Čapek. The subject was founded at Charles University in 1883 by Otokar Hostinský with prominent followers such as Otakar Zich and Jan Mukařovský (Aesthetic Function, Norm and Value as Social Facts), an author of the school of Prague Structuralism that became renowned in the second half of the 20th century. The philologist Karel Svoboda lectured at Masaryk University. He authored L’esthétique de Saint Augustin and L’esthétique d’Aristote, among the most quoted works in the field. Oleg Sus gave lectures on aesthetics in Brno before 1968 and he was a well known literary critic.

It follows that aesthetics stands at the crossroads of various humanities disciplines and it is possible to reach it in different ways; through the study of language and literature, psychology, philosophy, or cultural history. Semiotics as a general theory of signs tries to have a similar integrating role through the interpretation of the manifestations of individual cultures as a production and interchange of signs; for that matter, Italian writer and semiotician Umberto Eco is the best known professor of aesthetics.

In the European countries and the United States, aesthetics is commonly studied as a part of related programmes such as Cultural Studies, Psychology of Art, Literary Theory and Criticism, Cultural Anthropology, Semiotics and Theory of Communication, and Cultural History.

The most frequent mode of work are reading and interpretation of works of literature and fiction (also in English and other European languages), writing of essays and seminar papers based on individual studies.

It is possible to study aesthetics in a three-year full-time Bachelor’s (Bc.) degree programme, followed by a two-year Master’s (Mgr.) degree programme in Aesthetics and Cultural Studies. A doctoral (Ph.D.) degree programme is also offered. Students in the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes may study aesthetics as a single subject or in a combination with another subject. A combination with modern or classic languages, the Czech language, and history have shown themselves to be fruitful.

Graduates may find employment in the field as qualified editors, cultural managers, or they can work in public relations, media, public and private cultural institutions or as teachers of aesthetics at schools. They acquire broad interpretative skills concerning the mediation of artistic heritage and management of public relations within the sphere of European integration processes.

The Department of Aesthetics collaborates within international study programmes with universities in Regensburg, Turin, Palermo, and Malta. It partakes at the shared research with universities in Lancaster (the Shakespeare Programme) and the Dante Alighieri Centre in Ravenna.

The head of the Department of Aesthetics is Assoc. Prof. Petr Osolsobě, Ph.D.

Department of Theatre Studies

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Theatre has an irreplaceable position in the history of European culture and it remains the most distinctive expression of its cultural unity even today.

Consideration of theatre has a long tradition at Masaryk University. Important figures whose activities were closely related to theatre worked here even before Theatre Studies was established as a degree programme. In this context, it is necessary to mention the founder of theatre semiotics Otakar Zich, classical philologist and translator of Ancient Greek drama František Stiebitz, the Shakespearean scholar František Chudoba, musicologist Vladimír Helfert, and others. Frank Wollman, the founder of Theatre Studies in Brno, dealt with drama, theory of theatre and critical evaluation of theatrical practice in his seminars from the 1930s. He was a member of the artistic committee of the National Theatre in Brno for a period of time and, later, the first Dean of Janáček Academy of Fine Arts, which documents his close relation to live theatre. Theatre Studies as an independent degree was created by Artur Závodský in 1960s, who was the Head of the Department for more than a decade. In the 1970s and 1980s, Theatre Studies and Film Studies as specialized fields were successively parts of the Department of Art History and the Department of Czech Studies. In 1990, an independent Department of Theatre and Film Studies was established with Bořivoj Srba as its first Head, who has made it a prestigious centre for the study of theatre. Currently, the Division of Theatre Studies at the Department of Aesthetics follows this tradition under the expert direction of classical philologist and theatrologist Eva Stehlíková, an author of a number of publications on Ancient and Middle-Age theatres, and aestheticist and a theoretician of theatre Petr Osolsobě.

The study of the subject Theory and History of Theatre currently focuses mainly on the possibilities of the development of independent critical thinking about fine arts, study of artistic shape and knowledge of the mechanisms of the dramatic construction and theatre in progress of development. In this sense, the aim of the studies is a profound knowledge of theory and history of theatre in broader contexts. A special emphasis is placed on the study of the history of theatre in Southern Moravia. The Division of Theatre Studies offers a curriculum of lectures and seminars by its member staff as well as by external Theatre Studies specialists and it collaborates with other specialized and artistic institutions (archives, museums, schools, theatres).

The subject Theory and History of Theatre can be studies in the three-year Bachelor’s (Bc.) program of studies in full-time and combined form, an life-long education form of studies is being prepared. Graduates of the three-year cycle of studies have the possibility to continue in a two-year Master’s (Mgr.) degree programme of studies. A doctoral (Ph.D.) programme is also a part of the accredited programs and it is possible to attend in a full-time or combined form. Prospective holders of Bc. and Mgr. titles can study the program in as single- or double-subject. Combinations with modern and classical languages, Czech language, History or other studies of fine arts have shown themselves to be fruitful.

The career possibilities for graduates are diverse. Besides the study of theatre (research institutions and universities), graduates find jobs in the areas of documentation (theatre, museum, and gallery archives), journalism (theatre criticism), cultural institutions (public administration, private cultural institutions) and, recently, also in practical theatre (dramaturgy, advising). A degree in the respective degrees proves as qualifying for graduates in related fields, too: editing of scholarly texts, cultural management, public relations, media, and others. Graduates possess deep knowledge of history and abilities of critical thought that are helpful with further focus in practice.

The Division of Theatre Studies at the Department of Aesthetics, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, currently collaborates with the following universities within the Erasmus-Socrates Exchange Program: Suleyman Demirel University (Turkey), Université de Picardie Jules Verne (France), University of Lapland, Rovaniemi (Finland), Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany), National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece), University of Coimbra (Portugal), and Universität Wien (Austria).


Language Centre, Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Social Studies Division

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Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Social Studies Division Language Centre offices:

  • Faculty of Social Studies: office 555, Joštova 10, 60200 Brno
  • Faculty of Arts: office in entrance hall to building D, A. Nováka 1, 602 00 Brno

The Language Centre Division for both Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Social Studies is one out of eight divisions of Masaryk University’s Language Centre that offers courses of foreign languages to students of all faculties at the University. The Division currently offers courses in foreign languages focused on academic skills in Bachelor’s (Bc.) and Master’s (Mgr.) degree programmes. The Centre further provides for the examinations of students in full-time and combined forms, including doctoral (Ph.D.) degree programs. Latin is only offered within the Bachelor’s (Bc.) degree programme of studies as an optional course.

Bachelor’s (Bc.) degree programmes:

As a prerequisite for the Bachelor’s State Exam, proof of the faculty-mandated language competence at a minimum of the B2 level (European Reference Frame for Languages) must be provided in one of the following foreign languages: English, German, French, Russian, or Spanish. A student may petition for the recognition of a language exam on B2 level passed outside Masaryk University, or he or she may enrol in and pass the course “Foreign Language for Academic Purposes” (the first semester is defined as optional and its type of completion is credit only with credit value of two; second semester is compulsory and its type of completion is exam with credit value of four).

Master’s (Mgr.) degree programme:

As a prerequisite for the Bachelor’s State Exam, proof of the faculty-mandated language competence at a minimum of the B2 level (European Reference Frame for Languages) must be provided in one of the following foreign languages: English, German, French, Russian, or Spanish. A student may petition for the recognition of a language exam on B2 level passed outside Masaryk University or at the Language Centre during the previous Bachelor’s degree studies, or he or she enrol in and pass the course “Foreign Language for Academic Purposes” Language Centre (the first semester is defined as optional and its type of completion is credit only with credit value of two; the second semester is compulsory and its type of completion is exam with credit value of four).

Doctoral (Ph.D.) degree program:

In doctoral programmes, students are obliged to prove their skills in one major language. They can choose from the following: English, German, French, Russian, or Spanish, with the possibility of petitioning for a different language. The expected level is C1 of the European Reference Frame for Languages, the credit value of the exam is four. There are no courses.

Combined form of studies:

The same criteria apply for the combined form of studies as for the full-time form as far as the required levels are concerned. Tutorials only are possible during the semester.

Information about Latin:

Latin is offered only as a part of the Bachelor’s (Bc.) degree program as an optional course.

Division of Czech for Foreigners

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The Department of Czech for Foreigners was founded in 1993 in connection with the political changes in the former Czechoslovakia after 1989. This had resulted in a growing interest in the study of the Czech language by foreigners, a demand that could not be satisfied by monthly summer courses offered at the Summer School of Slavonic Studies, which has been organized at the Faculty of Arts since 1967. Not only did the number of people interested in studying Czech grow, the variability of countries of the applicants’ origin was changing as well. The number of users of the language (i.e. people who need to know Czech for their careers) was also on the rise. For these reasons the Department of Czech for Foreigners began its programs at the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, following in the 25- year tradition of the Summer School. Czech for Foreigners began to be taught at the Faculty of Arts throughout the whole academic year and the Summer School became one of its activities.

Prospective students of the Czech language can choose form a wide variety of short- and long-term courses of all levels from beginners to proficiency (A1-C2 levels, according to the European Reference Frame for Languages).

Further information is available at www.phil.muni.cz/kabcest

Since 2000, the Department of Czech for Foreigners has been teaching Czech to foreign students who come to study at Masaryk University within the framework of the Erasmus-Socrates Exchange Program, including students of both philological and non-philological programmes.

In that same year, the Department has launched biannual twoweek courses of Czech as a part of its program.

All of these course types are concluded with final exams in the various subjects (see   www.phil.muni.cz/kabcest) that form the teaching content of the respective levels of study. Upon a successful completion, students receive a certificate that states the number of lessons, ECTS credits achieved and evaluation within the five-degree European scale.

Since the 2000/2001 academic year, a bachelor’s (Bc.) degree program in Czech for Foreigners has been offered in collaboration with the Department of Czech Language and the Department of Czech Literature based on accreditation from the Czech Ministry of Education.

The first teacher-training course of Czech for Foreigners was opened in 2001, which is intended for Czech and international graduates of Czech Studies with the aim to train new quality teachers of Czech for Foreigners.

A program in language competence preparation for studying at Czech universities has been opened each year since 2003, as the necessity for language training of foreign applicants to Czech universities has grown during the existence of the Department.

For more information about the Department of Czech for Foreigners, see the Department web site at www.phil.muni.cz/kabcest


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