Hungarian, Polish and Slovak studies
Central European Studies (CES) with specializations focusing on Hungary, Poland and Slovakia (including Czech-Slovak relations) is conceived as a three-year Bachelor’s programme, divided into the study of a national language (Hungarian, Polish, or Slovak) and the modern literary, social, and political development of Central Europe, particularly of the countries of the so-called Visegrad group. It is a multidisciplinary programme in the vein of language-based area studies, integrating several aspects of the Central European region.
The focus of this specialization is on the Roma ethnicity in a multidisciplinary methodological context. The programme itself is primarily philological, revolving mainly around the study of the Romani language. We also focus on anthropological, historical, political, religionist and folklorist approaches to Romani culture(s) and their mutual connections. Geographically our programme focuses on, but does not limit itself to, Roma issues within Central Europe. On a linguistic level, this study programme comprises North-Central Romani – a branch of Romani historically centred in Slovakia.
The programme focuses extensively on field research. All of our employees and lecturers at the Romani Studies engage in field-work depending on their academic specialisation, be it in Romani communities in Slovakia, Ukraine, Czechia, Hungary, Macedonia, Poland and, occasionally, other countries; they regularly invite students to participate in their field research as well.
Apart from fulfilling research goals, field research also enables direct contact with the unique Romani life experience. In this way, the study programme is able to introduce the general public to the specific historical experience of the Romani people, making this contribution to intercultural and interethnic dialogue one of the programme’s greatest assets.
The aim is to educate a specialist with linguistic and academic skills strong enough to navigate the multilingual information resources, and assess critically the current social, cultural and political development of East-Central Europe. Graduates can work in regional development, in education, in the language and analytic services of public and private organizations with minority and regional focuses, in the service sector and in cultural management.
CES can be taken alone (single subject) or in combination with another study programme (double subject). Double-subject CES can be combined with all double-subject Bachelor study programmes offered at the Faculty of Arts – we recommend Ethnology, Political Science, Linguistics, Phonetics, Comparative Literature, Czech Language and Literature, German Language and Literature, among others.