The Department of British and American Studies is a foremost Slovak academic and pedagogical institution which provides philological education for future teachers, translators and interpreters, and – especially within doctoral studies – also for research workers and other specialists. Currently hundreds of students from Slovakia are studying under the Bachelor and Master’s programmes and several under the doctoral programmes. The Department also has students from other countries.
Within these three levels of study the Department offers at present the following Programmes:
· Bachelor’s Full-Time Programme
· Master’s Full-Time Programme
· Doctoral Degree Programme (Full-Time and External)
The core of these Programmes consists of the studies of the linguistics, literature, history and culture of Anglophone regions – apart from the United Kingdom and the USA, also Canada, Australia and New Zealand; translation and interpreting studies, as well as the didactics of English. In addition to theoretical academic subjects, including numerous optional ones, the Department also offers a wide range of courses aimed at developing the different language skills. Teaching is conducted in English, with the exception of some translatological courses.
Lecture rooms and classrooms are equipped with up-to-date technology. Simultaneous interpreting is taught in a fully-equipped interpreting laboratory. The Department has an extensive library that supplements the services of Comenius University’s Academic Library.
In the course of their studies students of teaching have teaching practice at secondary schools. Students of translation and interpreting have opportunities to gain experience in translation institutions and even take advantage of a short stay in the translation institutions of the EU. Our students traditionally participate in Academic Student Conferences and Translation Olympiads. For the students, but for the wider public as well, the Department, in cooperation with the Slovak Association of Translators and Interpreters, organizes St Jerome’s Days. The Department has Erasmus+ contracts with several universities under which the students of any of the Programmes can get scholarships for one term of studying abroad.