The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of the University of Szeged has five doctoral schools: beside the Doctoral School of Literary and Cultural Studies there are the Doctoral School of Education, the Doctoral School of History, the Doctoral School of Linguistics, and the György Málnási Bartók Doctoral School of Philosophy.

The scope of our School includes great many areas of connecting fields: literary studies, literary history, literary theory; cultural studies, theory of culture, cultural history; comparative literary- and theater studies; complexities of literature, visual culture, and mediality.

The School was founded in 1994 by Professor Lajos Csetri, an internationally acknowledged scholar of literary theory and Hungarian literary history. The School then integrated all the units of the Facuty of Arts which dealt with the academic study of literature and had the required potential of qualified professors and instructors. The framework is still the same, although over the years, due to the widening and diversifying nature of our field the number of programs and their horizon have increased.

Presently the School is home to the following programs:

Antique Literatures and Cultures
Comparative Literature and Culture
Hungarian Literature and Culture – Old and Early Modern
Hungarian Literature and Culture – Classical
Hungarian Literature and Culture – Modern
Italian Literature and Culture
Literary Theory and Visual Culture Studies
Literatures and Cultures in English
Literatures and Cultures in French
Literatures and Cultures in German
Neolatin Literature and Culture
Russian Literature and Culture

The detailed description of the programs can be found under the menu PhD Programs.

The mission of the School is to provide high quality knowledge which is closely connected to the best practices of Hungarian and international scholarship. The instruction should enable our students to pursue state of the art research, competence to transmit the results in higher education environment, and share those with the wider scholarly community. The acquired specialism and skills – after having completed the required courses and been tested in exams – will be demonstrated by submitting and publicly defending a doctoral dissertation.