The mission of the English Language and Literature Department is to instill in our students a deep appreciation for language and its application to the needs of society. We seek to provide foundational skills, attitudes, and knowledge necessary for students to make meaningful contributions in the fields of English Language Teaching, Linguistics, Translation, and Literary Studies. As part of its mission, the English Language and Literature Department administers the Khazar University English Language Requirements program which prepares students to perform with excellence in the English language academic environment of the university. The English Language and Literature Department provides a unique environment for students to flourish in language and communication skills as a center for specialized instruction for non-native speakers of English. The English Language and Literature Department’s graduate programs provide advanced study in the disciplines of Translation, General and Applied Linguistics, and Literary Studies. The goal of these programs is to promote academic research in these disciplines and academic growth in students.
The study of history aims to provide a solid education that addresses fundamental questions about the nature of humanity, society, the past, culture, and the present. The Department of History and Archaeology has proven its high standards of scholarship and teaching. The mission of the Department is to provide students with knowledge about the origins and development of peoples in the past, to develop their ability to conduct research, analyze evidence, and express conclusions. The Department's primary mission is to train students to research, analyze, synthesize, and communicate accurate conclusions about change over time by using the historical method. Our particular scholarly mission is to preserve, advance, and communicate knowledge of humanity's past. This mission is reflected in the responsibilities of the History Department. In 2010, a new History and Geography major was opened in the School of Education within the Department of History and Archaeology (BS, MS, and Ph.D.). This program embraces issues and topics related to education, history, and geography, as well as interconnections among the three. Internships are a necessary part of the program, and students are given an opportunity for a practicum and internship at “Dunya” High School or other schools. The Department takes seriously our responsibility to mentor students and to help them gain knowledge of history and the professional skills of historians and geographers. The faculty focuses on its responsibility to teach critical thinking and communication skills at the same time as imparting the knowledge necessary for students' personal and professional development. In order to fulfill this mission, at all levels of our curriculum, we emphasize discussion and engagement with both primary sources and the interpretations of various scholars. From our general education courses through advanced seminars, regular opportunities for small-group discussion are a prominent feature of almost all our courses. The Department offers fundamental courses in the history of world civilizations, covering such issues as a history of ancient and medieval human societies and history of Asian, European and American cultures, as well as courses in archaeology, ethnology, and anthropology, and minor problems in history. The Department also provides courses related to university requirements on the history of the Azerbaijani nation, including its evolution, culture and historical development, as well as relations of Azerbaijan with other Caucasian peoples and neighboring countries such as Russia, Iran, Turkey. The Department improves the teaching process by using visual aids, historical maps, video materials, and others. The Department’s specialized library is still being enriched by the valuable historical material. Within the teaching process, the Department arouses students’ interest and strives to constantly involve them in creative and independent work. Students make various presentations, write essays, and actively participate in scientific seminars and conferences held by the Department. The Department also has strong links with the State Archives, various educational institutions, and historical museums. Historical attractions in various regions of Azerbaijan are among the favorite places to visit for the university students and visiting scholars.
At present, the basic fields of academic and research activity of the Department of Philosophy and Human Studies are grouped into three divisions:
• Philosophy (comprising a wide range of philosophical disciplines concerning the history of philosophy, philosophy of religion, political philosophy, relations between philosophy and literature, and philosophy and linguistics)
• Sociology and Social Psychology
Other fields of humanities and social sciences (e.g. study of Arts and Culture, Social and Cultural Anthropology). Various courses offered by the Department are taught practically in all schools of the University as electives in general education requirements. The disciplines offered by the Department are included as the major, major related and minor courses required for bachelor and master degree programs at the School of Law, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and School of Economics and Management. The faculty of the Department is composed of scholars with solid teaching experience and varied research interests. All teaching faculty members have a strong academic background in their respective fields and have published widely. Distinguished visiting professors from foreign countries complement the full-time faculty. The Department supports several interdisciplinary graduate programs leading to masters and Ph.D. degrees.