Comparative-Historical Linguistics

45.03.02In russian

Level of education Bachelor

Type of instruction Full-time

Duration 4 years

Programme description
  • The bachelor's programme ‘Comparative-Historical Linguistics (English)’ is implemented within the framework of scholarly traditions. It is designed to train experts in comparative-historical Indo-European linguistics
  • Along with the study of various aspects of general and comparative-historical linguistics, students receive in-depth knowledge of four ancient languages (Old Church Slavonic, Ancient Greek, Latin and Old Indian) and three modern languages
  • The programme is interdisciplinary and combines knowledge of current areas of diachronic linguistics, philology and related humanitarian disciplines: history, archaeology, and ethnography 
Main courses
  • Introduction to General Linguistics
  • Theoretical Phonetics and Phonology
  • Theoretical Morphology
  • Theoretical Syntax
  • Ancient Greek
  • Latin
  • Old Church Slavonic
  • Old Indian
  • Fundamentals of Comparative and Historical Study of Indo-European Languages
  • Fundamentals of Diachronic Linguistics
  • History of Latin
  • History of Ancient Greek
  • History of Old Indian
  • Indo-European Languages
  • Key Issues in Language Reconstruction
  • Fundamentals of Philological Analysis
  • Introduction to related disciplines (Archaeology, Ethnography, Ancient History)
  • English
  • Second Foreign Language (German / French)
  • Third Foreign Language (Albanian / Latvian / Lithuanian / Modern Greek)
Our advantages

The programme is designed to develop skills of independent research. It prepares students for professional academic and research activities in a wide range of areas of contemporary humanities knowledge.

Graduates of the programme are characterised by:

  • Fluency in at least two living languages and philological proficiency in three dead languages;
  • Command of various methods of linguistic analysis in the field of theoretical and experimental linguistics, methodological foundations of teaching foreign languages, and the skills of research work in linguistic fields
International relations
  • Leiden University (the Netherlands)
  • Complutense University of Madrid (Spain)
  • Sapienza University of Rome (Italy)
  • University of Marburg (Germany)
  • Julius-Maximilians-Universität of Würzburg (Germany)
  • University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Boston University (the USA)
  • The Sorbonne (Paris, France)
  • Institute of the Lithuanian Language (Vilnius, Lithuania)
  • Ghent University(Belgium)
  • Brno University (the Czech Republic)
  • University of Pavia (Italy)
Practical training and career opportunities

Practices at

  • Gymnasium No 610 of the Petrogradsky District of St Petersburg


  • Research associate University lecturer 
  • School teacher
  • Translator/interpreter