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Hungarian Studies Undergraduate Program

Undergraduate studies of the history, language, and culture of Hungary

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Are you fascinated by the history, language, literature, and culture of Hungary? Would you like to learn more about the global role of Hungary and Hungarians?

Enhance your undergraduate experience with the Hungarian Studies Program, offered as both a Major and Minor degree.

About the program

Degree requirements

Hungarian Studies majors must complete 7.0 credits, including 2.0 in Hungarian language study.

  • First year: HUN100Y1 – Elementary Hungarian
  • Second year: HUN200Y1 – Intermediate Hungarian; HUN310Y1 – Advanced Hungarian; OR HUN320Y1 – Survey in Hungarian Literature AND 2.0 credits from EUR200Y1, HIS24H1, HIS242H1, HIS251Y, HIS364H-S, INI381H1

Hungarian Studies minors must complete 4.0 credits, including at least one at the 300+ level:

  • 4.0 courses from HUN100Y1, HUN200Y1, HUN310Y1, HUN320Y1, HIS241H1, HIS242H, HIS251Y, HIS364H-S, HIS367Y0, INI381H1

Apply for the Hungarian Studies program by visiting the following U of T web pages:

Please note that the program is Type 1: Open Programs

  • HUN100Y1 Elementary Hungarian: This course is aimed at students interested in Hungarian but have no prior knowledge of the language. The course emphasizes essential vocabulary, basic comprehension, speaking, reading and writing skills with a balance between communicative activities and grammar practices. Communicative activities will include group and partner work to encourage interactive learning.
  • HUN200Y1 Intermediate Hungarian: Review of descriptive grammar; studies in syntax; vocabulary building; intensive oral practice; composition; reading and translation.
  • HUN310Y1 Advanced Hungarian: This course is intended to build on the skills and knowledge acquired by the students in the previous Hungarian language courses. It will consist of a more advanced study of grammar, more complex vocabulary, higher level of oral skills and longer reading, writing and translation exercises. Communicative activities will include group and partner work to encourage interactive learning.
  • HUN320Y1 Survey of Hungarian Literature: A chronological study of the development of Hungarian literature since the 12th century; emphasis both on outstanding writers and on significant movements or themes. Transformations of ideas and changes in language and style. No knowledge of Hungarian required.
  • EUR200Y1 Europe: Nation-State to Supranational Union: An analysis of the development of European political regimes from 1789 until the 2004 and 2007 enlargements of the European Union to include the countries of the former Soviet bloc. This course identifies the decisive forces and factors affecting the operation of constitutions and institutions within the countries which came to form the European Union: nationalism, multi-nationalism, internationalism and supranationalism.
  • HIS241H1 Europe in the Nineteenth Century, 1815-1914: An introduction to modern European history from Napoleon to the outbreak of World War I. Important political, economic, social, and intellectual changes in France, Germany, Austria-Hungary, Italy, and other countries are discussed: revolution of 1848, Italian and German unification, racism and imperialism, the evolution of science, art, and culture, labour protest, and the coming of war.
  • HIS242H1 Europe in the 20th Century: The evolution of European politics, culture, and society from 1914: the two world wars, Fascism and Nazism, the post-1945 reconstruction and the movement towards European integration.
  • HIS 364H1-S From Revolution to Revolution: Hungary from 1848 to 1989: Once a powerful kingdom in Central Europe, Hungary and the Hungarians have a rich history of interchanging periods of conquest, dominance, expansion and contraction. More recently, Hungary has been at the forefront of issues facing the European Union and Europe more generally with the rise of populism. This course has its focus on the multiple transformations of Hungary: from the revolutionary “Springtime of Nations” in 1848/49 when Hungary’s quest for independence was halted through political sovereignty and partnership with Austria in the Dual Monarchy between 1867 and 1918, to a truncated but independent existence in the interwar period in an alliance with Nazi Germany; then to Soviet Union occupation, Goulash Communism, and finally to renewed independence in 1989, membership in NATO in 1999 and the European Union in 2004 and the constitutional revolution that started in 2010 with the election of the Fidesz Party to power.
  • INI381H1 Aspects of a National Cinema: In-depth treatment of a national cinema in a seminar format. Offered in alternate years. Prerequisite: INI115Y1
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