Faculty of Philosophy and Culture Studies

The Faculty of Philosophy at SFedU has been functioning as an independent university division since 1970. In 1998 the Faculty received its present name — the Faculty of Philosophy and Cultural Studies — and since then it has been headed by Genadiy Vladimirovitch Drach, Full Doctor in Philosophy, Full Professor, the Recipient of the Honorary Award for Research from RF.

The Faculty staff involves 90 members, including 65 teaching professors with 23 Full Doctors and 37 Doctors among them.

The undergraduates majoring in Philosophy and Cultural Studies are prepared at 5 principal Departments:

The Faculty of Philosophy and Cultural Studies is among the leading faculties of the profile and ranks fourth after the Moscow University, the Saint Petersburg University and the Ural State University in the national rating. According to the inside SFedU rating, the Faculty of Philosophy and Cultural Studies takes the 4th out of 37 University positions.

Professor Drach G.V., the Dean of the Faculty, is the Vice-President of the Russian Philosophic Society and enters the Presidium of the Russian Society of Cultural Studies.

The Faculty runs two research centers — the Center for Research Workers and the Religious Studies Center — as well as the Laboratory of Philosophy and Cultural Studies Preparation.

The Faculty is among the initiators of preparing professionals in Cultural Studies and introducing reforms into socio-humanitarian education in this country. Professor Drach G.V. was the first to develop standards in Cultural Studies. He is also an executive editor of Cultural Studies textbooks (issued under the Ministry of Education, RF).

The scholarly interests of the Faculty range within the following research areas:

  • The philosophical-methodological investigation of the dynamics of scientific conceptual framework in the cultural-historic context;
  • Contemporary socio-philosophical issues. In addition to this, within the international cooperation the Faculty started to develop the following issues:
    • Social innovations in modern globalization:
    • The comparative analysis of the social doctrine in Russian Orthodoxy and Catholicism;
  • The history of Philosophy and the problem of an Individual;
  • The theoretical and historical development of culture;
  • Cultural Studies as a knowledge system;
  • The examination of the antique heritage in Cultural Studies prospect — studying the characteristics of the religious evolution in modern socio-cultural processes;
  • Contemporary philosophical antique studies;
  • Philosophy and Cultural Studies in Russia.



Faculty Dean: Prof. Gennadiy Drach

Address: 13 Nagibina Street, Rostov-on-Don, Russia


Tel.: +7 (863) 230-32-48




The Laboratory was established in 1993 with the aim of improving the undergraduate preparation at the Faculty. The functions of the Laboratory include:

  • coordination of the methodic-instructive preparation of students;
  • visitation and monitoring teachers’ classes;
  • organization of students’ self-directed learning in compliance with the AMC requirements;
  • assistance in methods and techniques rendered to students when selecting a topic for course research and picking out information sources for analysis.

An excellent example of the long-term professional-orientation cooperation is the activity of the Cultural Studies Study Group (Circle) «Young Researcher» which is run at the Youth Creative Center of Bataysk. Its participants quite successfully take part in the Student Academic conferences held at the Faculty of Philosophy and Cultural Studies, SFedU.

In the frames of the cooperation agreement between SFedU and the Don Diocese, the Laboratory works closely with the Don Russian Orthodox Center «Sophia», participates in the Dmitriy Readings and other events connected with the Russian Orthodoxy.

The Laboratory renders a methodological assistance to the Committee for Youth Policy of the Rostov-on-Don Administration in terms of the theoretical evaluation of moral and spiritual aspects of Youth culture.

The research interests of the Laboratory include: icon-painting, family in Russian Orthodox culture.