Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
The Slavic Department teaches the languages, literatures, and cultures of the Slavic nations. The curriculum provides the language training prerequisite to specialization in a variety of careers (e.g., government, diplomacy, international trade, teaching), and offers an enriching cultural and linguistic background to non-majors, especially those interested in the ethnic heritage of the Slavic peoples.
Courses in English. The department offers a series of courses in English translation designed to survey the Slavic literatures and cultures for concentrators in Russian and Polish and for non-majors. These courses include:
- RUSSIAN 231, 241, 322, 346, 347, 348, 357, 358, 360, 361, 365, 382, 450, 460, 461, 462, 463, 464, 472, 476, 477, 478, 479, 485;
- SLAVIC 151, 210, 225, 240, 250, 270, 281, 290, 312, 313, 315, 316, 435, 470, 481, 487, 490;
- POLISH 214, 314, 325, 326, 432;
- CZECH 315, 480, 483, 484
Placement Information for Introductory Language Courses
Students with high school training in Russian are required to take both the reading and listening (CEEB) Russian tests to evaluate their language proficiency. The results of the placement test determine the proper placement. The Slavic Department has final authority to determine the most appropriate course level. Heritage students (students partially raised in a Slavic-speaking environment) are required to contact the Slavic Department prior to enrolling in any language classes.
Ukrainian Language Program
Ukraine is the second largest country in Europe with a rich
cultural and political history. The Ukrainian Language Program
offers students an unique opportunity to engage in
active conversation while also learning to read and write.
Topics in Ukrainian culture and literature are discussed
throughout the curriculum. The annual Pysanka (ornate
Easter egg painting) Workshop is always popular with students.