Head Prof. Emiliya Dencheva, Dr. Habil.
Phone: (+359 2) 9308 294
German Studies 1923
Scandinavian Studies 1992
The Department of German and Scandinavian Studies was founded within the former Institute of History and Philology as early as 1909. In 1923 the Institute split and the department of German was set up as a separate unit. In 1999 the departments of German Studies and Scandinavian Studies merged into the Department of German and Scandinavian Studies.
Specialists in German, German literature and culture graduate from the Programme in German Stud ies. They become highly qualified translators, teachers, editors, journalists, correspondents, state officials, diplomats, and academics.
The Department offers Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral Programmes. Sixty students are admitted to the B.A. Programme per year and cover its full course in eight semesters. The students follow a credit system, which forms the basis for their future mobility within the EU. There are two M.A. Programmes – in Linguistics and Translation and Literature and Culture, respectively.
At present there are seven PhD students at the Department following individual study plans.
A special programme is offered at the department for retraining graduates of the humanities giving them a degree in education and a teacher qualification.
The department maintains active contacts and partnerships with various similar institutions in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Students are offered opportunities for short-term studies at these institutions and are encouraged to participate in the summer schools and seminars of the respective institutions in language,literature and culture. They also have free access to the University Library, The Philological Library, The German Library and the Austrian Library.
The Programme in Scandinavian Studies is the only one of its kind in Bulgaria. The dynamism of its development,the challenges it offers and the opportunities for realization it provides make it a desired programme for many Bulgarian and international students. It was founded less than a decade ago to meet the ever increasing interest in our country towards the Scandinavian North and the model of society maintained there and to satisfy the need for qualified specialists in the fields of Scandinavian languages and cultures.
Traditionally, the main language in the curriculum is Swedish. For some years now the programme has offered courses in Dutch and Norwegian. Courses in Icelandic started recently and for the time being are only theoretical. Finnish is offered as an optional course. In 2003/2004 a new curriculum was adopted shortening the Bachelor’s programme to a four-year course of study. This, however,has not affected the diversity of the curriculum. The subjects range from Scandinavian literatures, mythology, and cultural studies of the region to specializing courses in translation,reception theory,cultural and historic studies of the area and applied and theoretical aspects of linguistics. The staff are highly qualified specialists in the field. M.A. graduates who have shown their potential and skills for academic work and research are also recruited as teaching staff.
The Programme in Scandinavian studies boasts its own Nordica library. The book holdings of the library are enriched each year with books in all Scandinavian languages – 3000 volumes of fiction and criticism, textbooks and journals, albums, video and audio tapes,a s well as multi-media products. The library offers two full PC sets to its students as well as two notebook computer sets,modern photocopying facilities, tape recorders, etc. In 2004/2005 a fully equipped language laboratory opened its doors for both teaching staff and students to facilitate teaching and education.