Department of Ukrainian Philology and Culture was established in May, 1995, for teaching disciplines in Ukrainian Studies — «Ukrainian Language» and «Ukrainian and World Culture» — at all faculties of the University. Today it is the only department in Donetsk region training specialists in the field of Cultural Studies.
Department of Ukrainian Literature and Folkloristics provides teaching historical and literary disciplines, as well as methods of teaching literature at secondary schools and higher education institutions. Besides training students majoring in «Ukrainian Language and Literature», the department staff provides instruction in disciplines for students of «Russian Language and Literature», «Journalism», «Psychology» specialities.
Department of Ukrainian Language and Applied Linguistics was called the Department of Ukrainian Language till 2007. Its activity is focused on provision of educational process for students of «Ukrainian Language and Literature» speciality and conduct of research in the respective field. In 2008 it became graduation department for the «Applied Linguistics» speciality, and its name was changed. Both undergraduate and graduate programmes in Ukrainian Language and Literature and Applied Linguistics are available.
Department of Russian Language is one of the three departments, which formed the basis of the Faculty of Philology at Stalino Pedagogical Institute (now Donetsk National University) in 1937. The department provides instruction in major courses of bachelor's and master's programmes for students majoring in Russian Language. Also it supervises training of foreign students.
Department of Russian Literature was created in 1966. It provides teaching major courses in History of Russian Literature, Oral Folk Arts, Methods of teaching literature at secondary schools and higher education institutions. The department organizes work of «Young Philologist» school, teaches special courses to students of DonNU Lyceum and supervises their research activities.
Department of General Linguistics and Language History provides training for students majoring in «Ukrainian Language and Literature», «Russian Language and Literature», «Applied Linguistics», «Cultural Studies» and at Faculty of Foreign Languages («English Language and Literature», «German Language and Literature», «French Language and Literature», «Translation»). It is graduation department for «Ukrainian Language and Literature», «Russian Language and Literature» specialities.
Department of Literary Theory and Artistic Culture first in Ukraine elaborated and implemented new system of students-philologists specialization in World Art and Culture. It offers unique opportunity to get additional specialization in Cultural Studies to students of all specialities at the faculty who completed their 1st year.
Department of Pedagogics was established in 1937 (year of Stalino Pedagogical Institute establishment), and till 2003 it existed within the unified Department of Pedagogics and Psychology. During the years of existence it has trained more than 45 thousands of well-qualified specialists. The majority of the department teachers are involved into organization of post-qualifying education for teachers and managers in educational sphere.
Department of Psychology was created in 2003 due to the establishment of the new speciality — «Psychology» (2000). Both undergraduate and graduate programs in psychology are available. The department regularly invites outstanding psychologists from other universities and research institutions of Ukraine and Russia for giving lectures to its students.
Department of Journalism is the graduation department for «Journalism» speciality. Since 2001 it has been training students in bachelor's programme and since 2005 — in master's. The Department teachers are regularly awarded by high professional awards, in particular «Zolote Pero» («Golden Pen») and «Zolotyi Microfon» («Golden Microphone»). They are members of juries at numerous professional competitions both at regional and national level.