“Digital Philology Is the Profession of the Future”: SUSU on Promising Programmes that University Offers

What exactly will representatives of the digital humanities be engaged in, and what kind of career awaits them?

In Russia, the Philologist's Day is traditionally celebrated after the Day of Slavic Writing and Culture, on May 25th. This date is truly significant because the basis of any nation lies in its culture, expressed in language and literature, and the main task of philologists is to study and preserve all this for the future generations.

A philologist is a person with a broad outlook and high personal culture. S/he has grammatically correct speech and is able to adapt oral or written speech to the demands of any audience. And these very specialists are trained at the Department of the Russian Language and Literature of the SUSU Institute of Media, Social Sciences and Humanities.

Philology at SUSU is an active scientific, project, and cultural-and-educational activity.

At the Department of Russian Language and Literature you can obtain modern philological education that combines classical traditions and new digital competencies. Philologists are taught how to create, analyse, conduct an examination of all types of texts, explore the visual component of the text, create content for websites, and implement virtual literary projects.

As the Head of the Department of Russian Language and Literature of the SUSU Institute of Media, Social Sciences and Humanities, Doctor of Sciences (Philology), Professor Tatyana Semyan notes, philology has become an important aspect in various spheres, including the newest sphere of digitalization. In order to be in demand in the profession, it is very important to master the skills necessary to complete the key tasks of digital humanities.

A scientific school, which develops a whole range of fields, from semantics and pragmatics of linguistic units to the topical problems of modern literary criticism, is actively functioning at the department.

A unique advantage of the philological education at SUSU lies in the project-based and blended learning with the use of cutting-edge digital and distance-learning technologies. Already from their freshman years, students are given a unique opportunity to participate in interdisciplinary projects, work in contact with major employers – project customers, form an individual educational course of training, gain knowledge in several fields at once necessary for the implementation of educational and scientific projects, and listen to modern educational online courses in addition to the main programme. All this allows graduates to adequately compete in the labour market and successfully build their careers.

The enthusiastic educational activities of SUSU philologists have resulted in unique literary projects created by students, among which the Virtual Museum of South Ural Writers website and the Divan website on contemporary Russian culture and literature should be especially noted.

Those, who wish to engage in interesting studies and open up broad prospects for their future professional activities, can enrol in the Philology state-funded or contract-based programme at the SUSU Institute of Media, Social Sciences and Humanities.



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