Level of development for nations is understood through richness of their languages, and therefore through new perspectives that are put into service of humanity by the literary and art work they have shaped accordingly. The basis for this is, undoubtedly, education. We run a contemporary and extensive educational program in our department in order to make an incessant contribution to this basis.
We are aiming at raising prospective Turkologist who are capable of using various accents of Turkish together with its dialects, and who are always in communication with Turkic world. At the same time, they are to be able to speak a foreign language or languages, operate computer programs. Moreover, they are to be striving for keeping up with the international scientific standards. Another aim of ours is to raise talents who could be both creator and interpreter of literary products.
Another aim of this program is to meet the need for qualified people in the area of language and literature, prospective linguists, poets and writers who has artistic consciousness and sensibility. Thus, we aim to meet the need to produce high quality artistic and academic work by freethinker scholars who has scientific discipline.
Istanbul Kultur University, founded on the basis of article 4281 of constitution, established the Institute of Social Sciences, Department of Business and Business Administration under the presidency of Prof. Dr. Nebile Direkçigil and started the first academic year in 1998-1999. The Department commenced service in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences building at Şirinevler Campus in 2000. It has been continuing its educational services in Ataköy Campus since 2005 on consequence of the increasing number of enrolled students. The program for Master of Arts in Turkish Language and Literature began by decision of YÖK on 09.06.2000 and accepted student applications in 2001-2002. The graduate program has been in progress ever since.
The students who successfully complete all the courses in the graduate curriculum which lasts for 2 years, and get at least 120 ECTS (The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) are awarded with the Master’s Degree in Turkish Language and Literature.
Language of Instruction
The language of instruction is Turkish.
Mode of Education
Admission and Registration Requirements
- To have a BA Degree (4 years)
- To have ALES score of at least 55 from the test that is required by the department to be applied- and at least 70 if applying to a Phd or Proficiencv in Arts.
-A score of 55 from ÜDS (University Entrance Language Examination) or an equivalent test accepted by the inter-university board is required for an application to a Phd program.
- For non-Turkish students, a score of 55 from ÜDS or an equivalent test accepted by the inter-university board in one of the following languages is required apart from their native language: English, French, German.
Double Major–Minor Programs
Successful students pursuing their major in the Department of Turkish Language and Literature in parallel with the provisions of Undergraduate Education and Exam Regulations may partially take part in undergraduate education at The Department of Psychology, Communication Arts, and Economics in a pre-designed framework. This educational programme is called “Minor”. Students who successfully complete a minor together with their major in the programme of Turkish Language and Literature are given a Minor Degree Certificate in addition to Bachelor’s Degree.
It is not compulsory for the students of The Department of Turkish language and Literature to do apprenticeship or internship.
A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.70 is required for graduation after completing all of the courses on The Graduate Program in The Turkish Language and Literature (21 credits in total) for the M.A. Degree, and 3.00 for the Phd.
Apart from Erasmus Exchange Programme, we work in cooperation with the leading universities from the world of Turkology. We are maintaining a short-length film projects in collaboration with Baku Slavic University, Azerbaijan. Commencing a new student and faculty exchange programme is also on the agenda. According to agreement between our university and Astrakhan State University of Russia, a delegation consisting of some students and academics from our university have been to the aforementioned university for Russian Language Training. We are also on the final stage of preparation for The International Linguistics and Comparative Literature Symposium to be held in cooperation with the same university. The Symposium is to be held in September 2011. (http://www.iku.edu.tr/TR/semp_icerik.php?p=229&r=0
We gave a visit with broad participation to Turkish Language Center at The University of Aleppo (Syria) and have agreed in principle for academic cooperation. Soon, a protocol proposing cooperation is to be signed with Kazan Federal University.
Occupational Profiles Of Graduates
Graduates of The Department of Turkish Language and Literature will have the opportunity to;
- teach at schools, colleges and training centers affiliated to National Ministry of Education
- pursue an academic career by enrolling at a Graduate Program
- work for various institutions (e.g. Press, Television, Public Relations)
- work as an editor in a publishing house
Access to Further Studies
All candidates willing to transfer to a graduate level program should have Bachelor’s Degree in one of the areas acknowledged by the target graduate program. They should have a minimum score of 55 from ALES, however, they should bear in mind that the score type is specified by each of the departments differently. They should not have the experience of a previous dismissal from a graduate program due to any disciplinary action. Providing that they do not exceed the number of credits that the undergraduate program requires them to take, undergraduate students may enroll to a graduate program in the last year of their study upon senatus consultum. Thereby, they can add 3 courses to their schedule and consider these courses counted as part of the program after a pass.
Graduates of The Department of Turkish Language and Literature may undergo training in the graduate program of Turkish Language and Literature at The Institute of Social Sciences at Kültür University. In addition, providing the requirements, they may continue their career in a graduate program at any university abroad or in Turkey.
The department has 6 full-time and 7 part time faculty. In addition, it has 5 full-time research assistants. The Departments of Old Turkish Literature, Modern Turkish Literature, Folk Literature, and Turkish Language are responsible for the execution of the curriculum. There are 2 instructors in The Department of Modern Turkish Literature, 4 instructors in The Department of Turkish Language, and 1 instructor in The Department of Folk Literature. There are 2 research assistants in the Department of Modern Turkish Literature, 2 in the Department of Old Turkish Literature and 1 in the Department of Turkish Language. Currently, there are 26 students enrolled in the graduate program.
The International Turkish Language and Literature Congress- 27- 28 August 2007 The 1st International Turkish Language and Literature Student Congress- 11-13 September 2006 The 2nd International Turkish Language and Literature Student Congress- 4-6 August 2008
The 3rd International Turkish Language and Literature Student Congress- 20-22 September 2010