Department of Armenian Language and Culture, is within the structure of Department of Caucasian Literature and Cultures, was established as part of Ankara University Faculty of Languages, History and Geography according to Article 7/d-2 of Law No 2547 amended by 288 Numbered Law at the meeting of the Executive Committee of the Council of Higher Education on 19.06.1992 and it is the only branch of the Department of Caucasus Language and Cultures that is active as a sub-unit.
The graduate programs of Department of Armenian Language and Culture started to work actively in 1999-2000 academic year after Professor Birsen KARACA had completed her doctoral studies abroad (Lomonosov Moscow State University-Moscow). However, student admission for the undergraduate program of our Department is first actualised in the academic year of 2018-2019.
Since 1999-2000 academic year, Armenian Language courses were provided as selective in Department of Russian Language and Literature (Department of Western Languages and Literatures), included in Ankara University Faculty of Languages, History and Geography, graduate program and have been provided in Department of Armenian Language and Culture since 2010-2011 academic year.
In the wake of Armenia’s emerging as a country internationally, the importance of scientific studies that will be conducted in Turkey concerning Armenian language and culture has been noticed in a deeper sense. The subject is not regarded as important just for improving cultural relations with Armenia as Turkey’s northeast neighbour but also for its strategic dimension. In this regard, the studies concerning Armenian language and culture have been conducted so far and planned to be conducted in the future in Ankara University are viewed as a serious requirment and beyond that as an obligation.
Our Department the first one to provide education on Eastern Armenian and the only one to educate students at postgraduate and doctorate level, in Turkey.
Department of Armenian Language and Culture with the undergraduate and graduate education programs has the content, depth and diversity to educate its students as scientist who can do academic work, qualified teachers (in case that pedagogical formation is taken), translators, experts and researchers for public and private sectors.