Faculty of Geography
The Faculty gives students a wide background in geography. In the upper classes, students specialize in physical geography, geomorphology, conservative and rational use of natural resources, cartography, and meteorology. The best students go on to do post-graduate study.
There are three departments: physical geography; economic and social geography; and cartography and geomorphology. The Faculty has a cartographic laboratory and other academic laboratories and offices.
Basic subjects in general geography are taught. Special significance is given to courses in fundamental science, philosophy, economics, foreign language and pedagogy. Apart from core courses, students take an additional 15 courses comprising 650-700 class hours.
There are six to eight weeks of field and on-the-job training per year which reinforce theoretical knowledge.
Principal areas of research are landscape, applied geomorphology, geography of resources, socio-economic geography of Armenia and surrounding regions, and thematic cartography. The Faculty is currently producing an Atlas of Armenian Population and Culture.
Faculty of Law
The Faculty of Law trains students to serve as jurists in government, the court system, prosecutor's offices, Ministry of Interior, Arbitration Court, and other law enforcement bodies. it also trains scholars and instructors to meet the challenge of developing Armenian jurisprudence and to serve in the Institute of Law and Philosophy of the Academy of Sciences and in institutions of higher education in the field of law.
Students in the Faculty undergo training in criminal, civil and administrative law. There are five departments; theory and history of the state and law; constitutional and international law; civil law; criminal law; and criminal procedure and criminology. In the criminal investigation laboratory, students obtain practical experience.
The principal subjects of study are the history of the Armenian state and law, the history of Armenian political and legal thought, theory of state and law, constitutional law, civil, criminal and administrative law, civil, criminal and administrative procedure, and criminology, etc. Research is conducted in these areas as well, and scholarly articles, text books, and training materials are published.
The Faculty is especially well-known internationally for its work on the history of state and law. In addition to research and teaching, lecturers at the Faculty comment on and participate in the development of national legislature.
Much work is currently being done to incorporate international experience in teaching jurisprudence into the Faculty's curriculum.
Preparatory Faculty for Foreign Citizens
In 1961 in connection with the growth in the number of foreign students, the Preparatory Faculty of Foreign Citizens was established. The aim was to strengthen the foreign students' knowledge of Armenian, Russian and their specialized fields so that they could then be integrated with local students into the University's regular curriculum. From its founding, 5600 foreign students from 39 countries have studied in the Faculty.
The Faculty has departments in Armenian and Russian language and in various subjects of the natural and social sciences. In the natural sciences there are preparatory courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, drafting, and computers, and, in the social sciences, in history and geography.
The Faculty's years of teaching experience has served to develop an effective methodology for teaching Armenian and Russian as foreign languages. As a result, foreign students within two months are able to express themselves and in the next phase they are able to study courses in the natural sciences or humanities using Armenian and Russian. The methodology for teaching Russian is especially noteworthy because it addresses the teaching of a foreign language in an environment where it is not used. it is not by chance that every year almost 70% of the graduates of this Faculty were able to continue their studies in various universities of the Russian Federation and the Ukraine.
At the Preparatory Faculty, some students receive state scholarships and others pay tuition. The course of study at the Faculty lasts one year, from September 1 through June 30 with a one-month winter vacation.
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