Prešov University in Prešov - Faculty of Arts

Filozofická fakulta Prešovskej univerzity v Prešove
Contact: Professor Dr Rudolf Dupkala Dean
Prešovská univerzita v Prešove, 17 novembra 1, 080 01 Prešov, Slovakia
421 (0) 51 757 0821
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UNIPAThe Faculty of Arts is a higher educational and research institution focusing on the training of experts in the fields of philological, philosophical, historical, pedagogical and psychological sciences, in teaching as well as in non-teaching specialisations and as single and double majors. In addition to a very balanced interest in teaching, the faculty offers non-teaching branches focusing on the humanities, such as Philosophy, History, Ethics, Aesthetics, Andragogy, Archival Studies, Mass Media Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Slavonic Studies, Modern Slavonic Studies and Modern Non-Slavonic Studies (British and American Studies) in different specialisations or individually. The latest innovation in the study programme is Translation Studies, focused on Slavonic as well as non-Slavonic Languages and Cultures in different specialisations or individually. These programmes are also accredited for the first and second-degree levels of higher education studies. The Faculty of Arts organises extension studies in the fields of History, Ethics, Non-Slavonic Languages and other forms of education, eg Translation Studies in English Language and further pedagogical study. The Faculty also offers 12 accredited study programmes for full-time and part-time study at Doctoral level. Interest in studying non-teaching specialisations and pursuing Doctoral studies is continually increasing. From an organisational point of view, the Faculty provides full-time, extramural, cross-curricular, extension, part-time and supplemental studies. Upon successful completion of their studies, students are awarded Bachelors or Masters degrees, or, at a higher level, the academic degrees of PhDr, and PhD. The Faculty also has the right to hold habilitation defences for the academic title of Docent and to appoint Professors in accredited majors.

The Faculty of Arts of Prešov University was founded over half a century ago, following the transformation of the Philological Faculty of the University of Education in Bratislava, originally located in Košice but later moved to Prešov, and is the second oldest Faculty of Arts in Slovakia. It formed the core of the Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice in 1959, in association with the Faculty of Medicine in Košice. The Faculty of Arts remained a part of the Pavol Jozef Šafárik University until 1 January 1997, when the Prešov-based faculties of the Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice founded the University of Prešov in Prešov.

Despite its regional character, the Faculty of Arts has established itself as a successful and developing body of research and teacher training activities and as a significant part of the Slovak and international community of humanities education. In the 50+ years of its existence, the Faculty has turned out generations of specialists, teachers and renowned scientists, as well as social workers. Many of them now work as top specialists in positions of importance both at home and abroad.

The Faculty of Arts provides university education in both academic and vocational fields in various combinations in addition to providing both full-time and part-time study programmes in non-teacher training areas aimed at disciplines of humanities. It enhances the range of accredited study fields and programmes each year, many of them being unique a national basis. The faculty provides university education to three levels: Bachelors, Masters and Doctors. It can also bestow the degree of PhD following the successful completion of examina rigorosa in various fields and the undertaking of habilitations and professor appointments procedures. The Faculty has also created possibilities for inter-field study. The general public is offered various forms of education, for example the extended study for university graduates, supplementary teachers training and various other specified courses, such as courses for interpreters and translators, which include professional qualification certification.

Instruction of students is carried out by the university teaching staff working at various scientific-pedagogic centres of the faculty, institutes and departments.