Department of Ukrainian Language, Theory and History of Ukrainian and World Literature

The Department of Ukrainian Language and Culture was established on the basis of the Departments of Ukrainian Language (until February 1, 2016 – Ukrainian Language and Applied Linguistics) and the Department of Ukrainian Philology and Culture. Stories of the two departments are closely intertwined: the latter is a subsidiary of the Ukrainian language department, separated from it in May 1995 to teach the Ukrainian language, as well as subjects of Ukrainian studies and cultural studies to students of Donetsk National University.
With its origins and history, the Department of Ukrainian Language and Culture is fully connected with the establishment and development of Donetsk (Stalin) Pedagogical Institute, later Donetsk State University, since 2001 – Donetsk National University, and since October 2016 – Vasyl’ Stus Donetsk National University.

The history of the Department dates back to the mid-1937, when a joint Department of Ukrainian, Russian and Foreign Literature appeared at Stalin Pedagogical Institute. S.S. Gutsalo was its first Head, who also headed the Department in the postwar period – until 1952. The Department in the 1940s included M.V. Logvinova, K.F. Spasenko, as well as graduates of 1941 – M.S. Lysak, I.F. Oslyak (who later was a Head of Zhytomyr Pedagogical Institute), V.A. Safronova. The graduates of the Department were: a prominent Ukrainian poet, literary critic, human rights activist, Hero of Ukraine, Vasyl Stus, and a leading Ukrainian literary critic and culturologist, academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Ivan Dziuba.

Department of General and Applied Linguistics and Slavic Philology

The Department of General and Applied Linguistics and Slavic Philology was established in August 1966 (until the early 1970s it was called the Department of General and Slavic Linguistics, until 2015 – the Department of General Linguistics and History of Language). Its first head was the Doctor of Philological Sciences, Professor V. Zhuravliov. From 1971 to 1975, the department was headed by the Candidate of Philological Sciences, Associate Professor – L. Sarkisova, and from the beginning of 1976 to 2014 the department was headed by Honored Worker of Science and Technology of Ukraine, Honored Professor of Donetsk National University, Doctor of Philological Sciences, Professor Yevhen Otin. The first employees of the department in the 60’s – 70’s were E. Otin, L. Sarkisova, P. Seheda, V. Tokar, H. Rikhter, I. Kurdiumova, O. Bilyk, L. Pomeranska, I. Pryntsevskyi, A. Symonenko, A. Kreitor, S. Malyshev, R. Syrota, E. Tsarenko. Further the stuff was supplemented and renewed at the expense of talented youth, graduates of the Philological Faculty- L. Borysova, N. Kasianenko, M. Lutsenko, V. Mozhunov, K. Pershyna, V. Pylypak, N. Yaroshenko.

Department of Psychology

Specialty 053 “Psychology” was introduced at Donetsk State University (Vasyl’ Stus Donetsk National University since 2016) in 2000. The Department of Psychology together with its Learning Lab were founded in 2003 with the postgraduate training programme added in 2006. This was achieved through the proactive stand of V. P. Shevchenko, the former rector of the university and the member of NAS of Ukraine, and Ye. S. Otin, the dean of the Faculty of Philology. The greatest contribution to emergence and development of specialty was made by V. D. Potapova, an admirable person, a noted scholar, PsyD, professor, the head of the Donbass Association of Psychologists, the chief editor of the first-ever “Psychology” national newspaper in Ukraine, who held the position of the chair of the Department of Psychology to the last.

Department of Theory and Practice of Translation

The Department of Theory and Practice of Translation trains specialists who can perform qualified theoretical and practical activities related to the acquired knowledge and general/special competencies in the field of 035 Philology (035.04 Germanic Languages ​​and Literatures).

Training of specialists at the department involves mastering hard and soft skills that allow to solve complex problems and challenges in the fields of linguistics, literature, folklore, translation and in the process of professional activity.

Department of English Philology

The Department of English Philology trains bachelor’s and master’s degree students in English as the first and second foreign language. The department members deliver lectures on various aspects of the English language theory and supervise the student’s scholarly research.

The main aim the department pursues is to answer the needs of the region in highly qualified specialists who can combine competences in the English language mastering with rich background philological awareness and knowledge of modern cultural context. The graduates are able to provide educational process at educational establishments of different levels, i.e., primary and secondary schools, gymnasiums, lyceums, technical schools and higher educational establishments.

Department of Romance and German Philology and World Literature

The Department of Germanic Philology trains specialists in specialization 035.043 Germanic languages and literatures (translation inclusive), first – German) in educational and professional programs German and second foreign languages and literatures (translation inclusive) for the first (bachelor) and also second (master) levels of higher education and students in the major “French Language and Translation” in full-time study. 
In general, the educational program of the department provides for the formation and development of skills and competencies of a teacher of foreign languages and literatures and of a translator.
Teaching of specialized disciplines is carried out exclusively in foreign languages. Information technologies and appropriate computer equipment are intensively used in the educational process. Our teaching staff and students carry out research in the field of philology. The professional training of students includes, in particular, two graduate internships (translation and teaching practicum). There is also the possibility of student internships at foreign universities.


Department of Foreign Languages for Specific Purposes

The Chair of Foreign Languages for Professional Purposes offers foreign language courses (English, German, French and Spanish) for undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate students of economics, humanities, and natural sciences of non-language faculties of Vasyl Stus Donetsk National University.