The University Of Georgia
Program name: Georgian Philology
Study Level: Undergraduate
Program leader: Shavtvaladze Nana
Study language: Georgian
Qualification: Bachelor of Philology
Program capacity: 240
Program permission: Enrollment of students at the first level of academic higher education (undergraduate programs) is carried out based on the results of the unified national exams or the order of the Minister of Education and Science of Georgia No. 224/N (December 29, 2011), passing administrative registration and the order of the university presidents.
Program goals:

The primary goal of the undergraduate program in Georgian Philology is to furnish students with an education that equips them to forge successful careers. This education encompasses the acquisition of comprehensive interdisciplinary knowledge pertaining to the fields of humanities and philology. It introduces students to the primary purpose and significance of literary and linguistic research, thereby cultivating their capacity to engage in thorough analysis and critical evaluation of literary works. Furthermore, the program imparts the skills necessary for students to engage in meaningful discourse, commentary, and interpretation of literary works within historical and cultural contexts. An essential component of the curriculum involves the study of the structural evolution and historical development of the Georgian language. Moreover, the program strives to cultivate proficiency in the English language, thereby enabling effective communication skills. Practical competencies in the fields of linguistics and literary studies are also developed. This comprehensive educational framework is designed to facilitate an understanding of Georgian literature and culture within the broader context of European civilization.

Additionally, the program aspires to prepare undergraduates for diverse career paths, including but not limited to the fields of mass media and publishing, as well as positions within public, private, and non-governmental organizations. Further qualifications obtained through advanced study and research can enable undergraduates to pursue scientific research and teaching endeavors. The broad-based humanities and philological education, coupled with the opportunities for research activities, empowers undergraduates not only to specialize in Georgian philology but also to explore other domains within the purview of the humanities and social sciences.

Furthermore, the program aims at instilling in its students a profound sense of scholarly integrity and ethical conduct. This, in turn, is intended to contribute to the cultivation of civic consciousness and the promotion of democratic ideals within society through dedicated and highly professional engagement.

Methods for Attaining Learning Outcomes:
Learning outcomes:
Knowledge and understanding
  • The undergraduate


    • The basic linguistic and literary theories (comparative, text analysis, diachronic and comparative language analysis, Fuchs, Cosby methods...), the principles and research methods (comparison-contrast, linguistic-statistical analysis of the text, chronological-structural analysis, dominance of connotation... ); the basics of the theory of literature; the main stages of the development of the Georgian language, the main linguistic phenomena occurring in the language and the nature and chronology of lingual changes; the main stages of the history of Georgian literature, genres, conceptual and stylistic characteristics of important authors and their works; The specifics of oral speech creativity, the structure of Georgian folklore and mythological texts, the main problems and the system of mythologems; the history of world literature considering the principles of literary periodization; the most important stages of the history of Georgia;
    • The basic principles of academic writing and the standard of academic style preferred by the university (APA);
    • English language at B2/2 level.


    Defines and characterizes:

    • Phonetics-phonology, morphology and syntax of the modern Georgian language and the theories related to the field; the issues of Georgian language stylistics and literary Georgian normalization; the key issues of Georgian language and lexicology; lexical-phraseological features of the old Georgian language;
    • The main phonetic, morphological and syntactic features characteristic of the grammatical structure of the old Georgian language and the theories related to the field; the foundations and main theoretical issues of Georgian paleography;
    • The key issues of ancient Georgian religious and secular literature, the main problems of Rustvelology; basic information about the work of notable representatives of Georgian literature of the 12th-18th centuries; the main tendencies in the development of Georgian literature and public consciousness of the 19th century, Georgian romanticism and its specificities; the basic issues of the history of Georgian literature of the 20th century (genre and aesthetic features of Georgian prose and poetry; literary schools and groups of the 20s, Georgian intellectual emigration).


  • Skills
  • The undergraduate manages to:

    • Operate with philological concepts, select linguistic units adequate for the purpose and create texts for various purposes in the Georgian language in an academic environment; use the acquired basic knowledge and skills to read old Georgian epigraphic monuments and manuscripts of medium difficulty;
    • Use the basic methods (induction, deduction, analysis, synthesis, and explanation) characteristic of the humanitarian field, process sources and implement a research or practical project in accordance with predetermined guidelines; use adequate methods for studying one or another aspect of the author's work and/or a specific work (oral or written) based on the instructions given in advance.
    • Recognize the clearly defined problems of medium difficulty in the field of Georgian philology (Georgian linguistics, Georgian literature, literary studies, orality), identify the data necessary for its analysis, analyze it with standard methods and formulate an argumentative conclusion; In the process of teaching and research, use the latest electronic resources available in Georgian philology and philological sciences in general, oral and written communication about the essential issues of the Georgian language and literature both by specialists (philologists, folklorists) and non-specialists (interested groups, general public, media and others) in the circle;

  • Responsibility and autonomy
  • The undergraduate:

    • Determines and identifies relevant problems for research in the field of Georgian philology, plans the research, transforms the obtained results into the format of a bachelor's thesis; Adheres to the principles and standards of academic integrity.
    • Determines the need to study at the next level of higher education (master's degree) and continues professional improvement.
  • Date of approval: 07-12-2010
    Approval protocol number:
    Date of program update:
    Update protocol number: 52/18
    Program details:

    In addition to the compulsory subjects that form competence, the program has two blocks of university-compulsory elective subjects - social/humanitarian and STEM blocks, specialty elective subjects and free credits (a student who has a low score in the English language on the unified national exams and needs to improve the language can take free credits or choose any other subject); In addition to the major specialty, a student can choose a minor program). It is possible to choose a minor program both in the major-specialty providing school and in another school; (a minor program does not grant the student an academic degree, however, in combination with a major specialty, it strengthens the student's general and professional competencies and / or provides the opportunity to acquire certain basic knowledge, which, along with the major specialty, will form the professional competencies requisite for employment or copursuing studies at the next level of education).

    The program is meticulously designed to account for the individualization of students' language competencies. Specifically, students start learning the English language at a proficiency level relevant to the assessed knowledge evidenced by the unified national examinations and internal assessments.

    The maximum raw score determined on the unified national exam:

    • If 63% is obtained, the student is admitted at the B1/1 level of English;
    • in case of receiving 64% to 86% - at B1/2 level;
    • In case of receiving 87% to 100% - at B2/1 level.
    • In case of receiving more than 93%, the student is given a language proficiency test, and if the threshold score is achieved, the student will be able to register at the B2/2 level of English. If the student does not pass the threshold, he/she will be admitted to the B2/1 level.
    • In case of obtaining more than 93%, if the student does not appear for the test, he/she will be admitted to the B2/1 level.
    Teaching Process Characteristics:

    To obtain a bachelor's degree in Georgian philology, a student must accumulate 240 credits comprising:

    • Competence-forming compulsory subjects – 132 ECTS (including English language B 2/2 6 ECTS);
    • 30 ECTS of university compulsory-optional blocks (18 ECTS from the social/humanitarian block and 12 ECTS from the STEM block),
    • free credit 18 ECTS;
    • 60 ECTS for minor-program subjects.

    Humanitarian-Social Block

    Code Subject ECTS Semester
    ANTH3130Basics of Cultural Anthropology6 1,2,4
    HIST1222History of Russian occupation in Georgia6 1,2,4
    LAWB1155Debates and Critical Thinking6 1,2,4
    LAWB1195Citizenship in the modern world6 1,2,4
    LITR1212The great Books6 1,2,4
    BUSN4433Economy, business, management6 1,2,4
    HIST1118Civilizations and Mankind Development6 1,2,4
    LAWB1177Thinking and Morality6 1,2,4
    POLI2260Basics of Political Ideologies6 1,2,4

    Credits sum:


    STEM Block

    Code Subject ECTS Semester
    MATH1414Analytical and Quantitative Reasoning6 1,2
    STEM0002Ingenuity, entrepreneurship and technology6 1,2
    STEM0005Modern technologies6 1,2
    STEM0007Mathematics and Civilizations6 1,2
    STEM0010Logic6 1,2
    STEM0011Computational reasoning6 1,2
    STEM0003Experiments that changed the world6 1,2
    STEM0004Game theory6 1,2
    STEM0012Biology and Health of the Human6 1,2
    STEM0013Basics of Cyber Hygiene6 1,2

    Credits sum:


    Program Core

    Code Subject ECTS Semester
    ENGL3213English Language VI (B2/2)6 1
    LING1130Introduction to Linguistics6 1
    KART1140Georgian Language I6 1
    PHIL1217Introduction of Georgian Philology6 2
    KART1220Academic Writing6 3
    KART1230history of georgian literature6 3
    KART1240Georgian Language II6 2
    LITR1120The History of World Literature I (Introduction)6 3
    KART2131History of Georgian Literature II6 4
    KART2140Georgian Language III6 3
    HIST1230Introduction to the History of Georgia6 5
    KART2230Georgian literature history6 5
    KART2240Georgian Language IV6 4
    LITR2217Literary Studies and the Basics of Literary Theory6 5
    KART3117Georgian Language Stylistics and Lexicology6 6
    KART3131History of Georgian Literature IV6 6
    KART4138Rustvelology6 6
    KART3227Old Georgian Language and Paleography6 7
    KART3147Georgian Literature Language History6 8
    KART4227Georgian mythology and folklore6 8
    KART4240Bachelor's Thesis12 8

    Credits sum:


    Program Elective

    Code Subject ECTS
    HIST2150Introduction in Ancient Culture6
    TRANS4110Theory of Translation6
    HIST3125“Kartvelta Tskhovreba”: The Georgian Chronicles and History6
    HIST4187Georgian Biographical and Hagiographic Works - as a Source for the History of Georgia6
    ARTS2140History of Georgian Art6
    GREK2217Old Greek language6
    KART1211Public Speech and Presentation6
    LATN2217Latin Language6
    PHIL2130History of Philosophic Thought6
    KART3231Paradigms of Georgian Culture6
    LANC2117Language and Intercultural Communication6
    ORBC1223Oral Business Communication3
    WRBC1223Written Business Communication3

    Credits sum:


    Matrix Of Privequisites

    Point GPA The university assessment   The general assessment in Georgia
    97-100 4,00 A+ A Excellent
    94-96 3,75 A
    91-93 3,50 A-
    87-90 3,25 B+   Very good
    84-86 3,00 B B
    81-83 2,75 B-  
    77-80 2,50 C+   C good
    74-76 2,25 C
    71-73 2,00 C-
    67-70 1,75 D+   D Satisfactory
    64-66 1,50 D
    61-63 1,25 D-
    51-60 1,00 E E Sufficient
    Not passed
    41-50   FX FX Insufficient
    <40   F F Failed

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