History of department
Faculty of Philology and World Languages is one of the oldest faculties at al-Farabi Kazakh National University. It was founded in 1937. It trains students by a multi-level system: Bachelor, Master, Doctorate PhD.
The graduates of bachelor program are awarded the academic degree: bachelor of philology. The faculty trains master students in two specialties - Philology with scientific specializations: Kazakh literature, theory of literature, folklore studies, comparative literature, the Kazakh language, the Russian language, theory of language; Linguistics with scientific specializations: Kazakh, Russian, theory of language. The faculty trains students in two languages: Kazakh and Russian with the knowledge of the one of the foreign languages.
The faculty staff consists of 190 professors, 3 academicians of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Kazakhstan, 3 academicians of the International Academy of Sciences of theHigher Education, 4 Honored Scientists, 1 national writer of Kazakhstan, 11 members of the Writers' Union of Kazakhstan, 37 doctors, professors; 74 candidates of sciences and associate professors.
The faculty consists of 6 departments:
1. Department of Kazakh linguistics;
2. Department of Kazakh literature and literary theory
3. Department of Russian philology and world literature;
4. The Department of General Linguistics and European Languages;
5. Department of translation theory and foreign philology.
6. The Department of Foreign Languages.
The high qualified specialists, capable of solving complex scientific and practical problems work at the faculty.The Faculty has 3 computer classrooms, 2 language laboratories, 1 Intranet classroom, the Kazakh language studyroom, English studyroom, audioclasroom, psycholinguistic and sociolinguistic laboratory research, teaching and research laboratory of Kazakh folklore.