History of the Chair
The Chair of the Second Foreign Language was founded in 1975, the main focus of it being the following languages: English, French, German, Spanish. In 1997 English as a minor foreign language became an independent chair.
From 1975 to 1997 the head of the chair was I. N. Arakelyan; Doctor of Philology, professor
From 1975 to 1997 the head of the chair was V. S. Stepanyan; Doctor of Philology, associate professor.
From December 2008 up to now the head of the chair has been F. M. Hovhannisyan; Doctor of Philology, associate professor.
Since 2007-2008 academic year French and German, Dutch as a minor foreign language are taught in the respective chairs.
Since June 28 of 2010 Persian, Greek, Chinese, Korean, Indian, Arabic formerly taught in the Chair of Romance Languages, are now taught as minor languages in the Chair of Oriental Languages.
The following languages are now in the scope of the chair: Spanish, Italian, Rumanian, Portuguese, Latin.
Italian is taught as a major language as well as a minor and third language. The Cabinet of Italian after Ch. Trabalza that holds the center after D. Alighieri, and Rumanian Cabinet also work under the supervision of the Chair.