Our great public figures such as M.O.Auezov, K.Zh.Zhumaliev, A.Kh.Margulan, B.Kenzhebaev, K.Akhanov, M.Balakaev, Z.Kabdolov laid down the foundations of the outstanding history of our faculty, its rich and interesting traditions. A prominent artist of the contemporary period of time M.Auezov had been teaching at the faculty for more than thirty years. The prospects of the faculty go back to these factors.
In September, 1937, the faculty of humanities was founded at the university and a year later there was established the faculty of philology consisting of three departments: the Kazakh language and literature, the Russian language and literature and the English language. The number of students was 120.
In 1938 the specialty ‘The Kazakh language and literature' was opened at the faculty.
The Faculty of Philology is one of the oldest faculties of the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University.
Tuition at the faculty is carried out in accordance with the multi-leveled system: a) bachelor studies and b) master studies.
The faculty trains bachelors in the following areas:
a) Kazakh language and literature; b) Russian language and literature; c) Philology: Kazakh language and literature, Russian language and literature; d) Translation Studies (Kazakh and Russian departments); e) Foreign Philology (Kazakh and Russian departments).
After successful completion of the course graduates are awarded the academic degree of the bachelor of philology.
Tuition in the main specialties of the faculty is carried out in two languages: Kazakh and Russian with one of the foreign languages training. At present more than 1000 students study at the day-time department of the philology faculty.
Teaching staff. There are 9 departments at the faculty. It has highly qualified scientific and pedagogical specialists who can solve various complicated scientific and practical problems. Among them there are 3 academicians of the RK National Academy of Sciences, 2 correspondent-members of the RK National Academy of Sciences, 2 full members of other academies, 4 Honored Scientists, 10 members of the Writers' Union, 1 national writer of Kazakhstan, 40 Doctors of Sciences and Professors, more than 90 Candidates of Sciences and Associate Professors, 160 teachers and lecturers.
Scientific life. There are three doctorate dissertation councils, the academic council to solve organizational matters, the scientific and methodical council and the young scientists' union functioning at the faculty. The faculty has several research laboratories: the laboratory of the history of Kazakh language and folklore laboratory, the Russian folklore laboratory, the international laboratory of the Kazakh language carrying out psycho- and social linguistic research. The faculty annually holds scientific conferences for young scientists and students. The faculty of philology is the centre of organizing and conducting international and republican scientific and theoretical conferences dedicated to the important problems of Kazakh and Russian philology.
Academic and material-technical maintenance. The faculty carries out tuition applying new technologies since it has available one of the richest libraries of the country, computer classes, linguaphone centre, centres for Kazakh and Russian languages, equipped with audio- and visual facilities.
Students' life. The faculty students actively take part in the scientific and social life. There are students' scientific societies, M.O.Auezov literary union functioning at the departments of the faculty. The faculty has the literary circles "Kalamger" and "Kokzhiek". It annually holds students conferences, the republican contest of students' scientific works, celebrations devoted to the Turkic and Slavic written languages. The best students' works are awarded special diplomas and certificates of the RK Ministry of Education and Science and RK Academy of Science.
International links. The faculty of philology has close relations with scientists from the CIS (Russia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgystan, etc) and other countries (USA, China, Turkey, Japan, Germany, Korea, Poland, Czech Republic, Mongolia, etc.). Our lecturers worked at higher educational establishments of China, Turkey, USA, they studied in USA, Czech Republic and participated in international congresses and conferences in China, Turkey, Germany, Hungary, Finland, Poland, Czech Republic, in the CIS republics and Kazakhstan.
The faculty scientists take part in competitions of different international foundations, grant projects. They actively develop creative links with the foundation Soros - Kazakhstan, ACTR/ACCELS.
One of the oldest faculties of the university offers you an opportunity to get fundamental education in the following areas:
Philology: Kazakh language and literature (4 years, academic degree of Bachelor);
Philology: Russian language and literature (4 years, academic degree of Bachelor);
Kazakh language and literature (4 years, academic degree of Bachelor);
Russian language and literature (4 years, academic degree of Bachelor);
Translation Studies (4 years, academic degree of Bachelor);
Foreign Philology (4 years, academic degree of Bachelor).
There are 9 departments at the faculty employing highly qualified specialists:
Department of Kazakh literature
Department of General Linguistics
Department of Kazakh Philology
Department of Russian Philology
Department of Literary Creative Activity and Theory of Artistic Translation
Department of Kazakh language
Department of Russian Language
Department of Foreign Philology
The faculty has:
3 computer classes
2 linguaphone centres
The Kazakh language centre
The Russian language centre
Laboratory for psycholinguistic and social-linguistic research
Academic and research laboratory of Kazakh folklore.
The faculty fully provides with all required literature. You will find academic, scientific and fiction books written in many world languages. Every year the faculty buys new books to a value of 2 million tenges.
The specialized training of foreign languages does not only tribute to fashion, it is the essence of classic philological education. In the academic year of 2002-2003 the department of foreign philology was established at the faculty. This department will greatly contribute to further deep and thorough studying of the English language at the faculty.
The students of the faculty of philology have great prospects of studying abroad. This is not only due to the participation of students in international educational programs Bolashak, ACTR/ACCELS, Masky, Soros-Foundation and others, but also due to close scientific and academic links of the faculty with universities of Russia, USA, Germany, Canada, China, Turkey, etc.
The combination of academic and scientific work of students is the principle of studying at the faculty. Scientific success achieved under the guidance of lecturers in the period of your students' life will become for many of you the first step into the world of great science.
Students can apply their knowledge and skills in the following areas;
Higher educational establishments, research institutes of the RK Academy of Sciences;
Budget, commercial enterprises (managers for public relations);
TV and radio, where you need to have excellent articulation, grammatical correctness, orator skills, broad erudition, that you will acquire while studying at our faculty.
We have many opportunities to make your student life interesting: we have the KVN Team (club of smart and humor) which always wins the first place in university competitions, circles of modern and national dance and music, folk singing, literary and artistic studio, club of poetry-lovers, M.Auezov literary society.