Applicant 2021: Philology at SUSU Classic Traditions and New Digital Competencies

Philology is one of the oldest sciences which has determined the foundations for various areas of humanitarian work. That is why, a philologist is a deeply educated and versatile person who knows several languages, world literature and culture, knows how to create different types of texts and apply them in a wide range of activities: from teaching to legal work.

You can obtain knowledge in the field of Philology at the Department of the Russian Language and Literature of the Institute of Media, Social Sciences and Humanities of South Ural State University. 

“The SUSU Department of the Russian Language and Literature provides its students with the modern philological education, combining classic traditions and new digital competencies,” says the Head of the Department of the Russian Language and Literature, Doctor of Sciences (Philology), Professor Tatyana Semyan.

The department was founded in January 2000 and now offers an opportunity to complete a full course of higher professional philological education at all levels. The academic staff of the department consists of 2 doctors and 9 candidates of sciences.

Today, new relevant opportunities in the teaching of Philology students have appeared, thanks to the trends of the modern digital era. Those are: the need to compose, analyze and conduct an examination of texts for websites, blogs and more; to study the visual component of the text; the ability to create content for sites; to implement virtual literary projects. The department has opened the Laboratory of Digital Philology, where text is studied using special computer programs and methods of artificial intelligence. Students learn various methods of computer processing, data visualization and network analysis of texts.

Graduates of the Bachelor’s degree programme acquire competencies in the following spheres: publishing (editor, literary editor, proofreader), literary activity (literary or theatre critic, literary trader), education and science (teacher of the Russian language and literature, methodologist), media and mass communications (copywriter, speechwriter, content manager).

Master’s degree students acquire competencies in the following spheres: applied sphere (creation and analysis of any genre and style varieties of text), project work (implementation of a full cycle of a project, including a digital one), research (implementation of scientific and pedagogical activities), culture trader (organization of events in the humanitarian sphere, creation and moderation of humanitarian projects on the Internet).

Graduate of the postgraduate studies programme are ready to conduct scientific and pedagogical activities in higher school and to organize grant activities.

The department implements project-based learning program, within the frameworks of which Master’s degree students create the Virtual Museum of South Ural Writers. This is the only project in modern Russian culture dedicated to regional literature, on the website of which you can not only learn about the biographies of the South Ural writers and poets, but also visit their creative workshops, virtually walking through the museum room. In the course of work on the project, students gain practical skills in organizing project activities, creating a website from design to filling it with content, working as literary secretaries for writers, creating text and visual content for various formats of social networks.

Every year, students are given the opportunity to additionally master the programmes of elite training in the following disciplines: Mastery of Public Speaking; Workshop on Scientific Speech; Contemporary Russian Literature.

Students can participate in annual special projects: in the editorial office of the SlavicumPress electronic journal of the Institute of Slavonic Studies at the University of Zurich; the Akuly PеRа (News Tribe) business game; the Divan electronic journal of philology students on literature and culture; the Language. Culture. Communication annual conference for students, postgraduates and young scientists; the Philology Games team game for students and high school students; the SUSU Philology as the Philology of the Future project for promoting and positioning the department.

The academic partners of the department are the Institute of Slavonic Studies at the University of Zurich; the editorial office of the SlavicumPress Zurich journal; the Institute of Philology, Journalism and Intercultural Communication of Southern Federal University, Rostov-on-Don; the Department of Social, Humanitarian and Philosophical Disciplines of Sochi State University; Samara National Research University.

Marina Zapolskikh, personal artist manager and music distribution specialist, Saint Petersburg, Russia: “I remember that the Applied Philology programme was an ideal balance between theory and practice, filled with sincere atmosphere and sensitive guidance of experienced academics. You receive a solid foundation of humanitarian knowledge, on which you can build a career in absolutely any field. My fellow students successfully work in a variety of professional fields: from banking to publishing. I had worked in the printing advertising business for several years, then I easily switched to working with music and distribution of music content. And I realized that everything begins with the right start: high-quality humanitarian education.”

The employers for graduates of the department are well-known regional companies and enterprises: OOO Intersvyaz; State Enterprise Regional Television of the Chelyabinsk Region; Yuzhny Ural State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company; OOO Internet Technologies Studio; SUSU Publishing Centre; OOO 1C-Rarus Chelyabinsk Support Centre; State State-Funded Institution of Additional Education Regional Centre for Continuing Education for Children; Apple Store Russia and the CIS countries, the Unified State Archive of the Chelyabinsk Region; OOO Arkaim Publishing House, and more.


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