Minor: Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Literature and Culture

Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (BCS) Literature and Culture

Effective Winter 2013

Not open to those who are electing a concentration in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. Students could concurrently pursue this academic minor with one in REES with the following restrictions: (1). REES academic minors may not count any course for which Slavic is the home unit. (2). Slavic academic minors may not count REEES 397 or any course for which REES is the home unit, which includes SLAVIC 395 and 396.

This academic minor provides students with a fundamental competence in BCS, as well as the knowledge of literary and cinema masterpieces from the region.

The BCS academic minor is a vibrant program that integrates political, architectural, and cultural knowledge with the already rich program of Eastern European studies. Its curriculum broadens the perspective needed for academics, diplomats, journalists, businesspersons, and future specialists on the history, language, literature, and politics of the Western Balkans. This program will be of particular interest to undergraduate students in concentrations like History, Political Science, Sociology, or Judaic Studies.  It will also provide a necessary venue for a considerable body of students who are heritage speakers of BCS, and for those interested in the culture of the former Yugoslavia and its successor states.

This academic minor may represent an opportunity for a growing number of economics, politics, and diplomacy professionals employed in the Western Balkans, both in the government-sponsored and NGO sectors. The BCS academic minor will offer them a chance to gain linguistic competence, as well as prepare them for easier access to the BCS-speaking countries’ cultural and social contexts [Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, as well as Kosovo]. The courses included in the academic minor provide an excellent introduction into the political context of the unification of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, the refusal of the Socialist Yugoslavia to become part of the Stalinist Eastern Europe, the subsequent 50 years of specific Yugoslav socialism, as well as causes and consequences of the dissolution wars that occupied the entire decade of the 1990s. Students will learn about the masterpieces produced by writers from the region, both by those who were openly critical of the political developments in specific periods, as well as those who kept their criticism limited to their work. An amazing discovery for students awaits in the film production from the region, where the level of artistic freedom and criticism of contemporary society is second to none. Ultimately, some courses address specific contemporary issues of ideology, racism, immigration, or gender and sexual discrimination, and they can be of interest even to those students who may have neither heritage links nor specific career plans connected to BCS. 


Prerequisites to the Academic Minor. BCS 131, 132, and 231, or equivalent, as determined by the departmental placement examination.

Academic Minor Program. 16 credits of courses, including BCS 232 (4 credits) and 12 credits in courses selected from the following two categories, with at least 6 credits from Category A and no more than 6 credits from Category B:

Category A: BCS Courses Language, Literature, and Culture. Courses in Category A encourage students to continue their language study through literary classes and individualized work with an instructor, concentrating on BCS culture, literature and history.

  • BCS 350 / JUDAIC 350 / REEES 350. Legacy of the Holocaust in Yugoslav Culture: How and Why We Need to Narrate the Holocaust
  • BCS 436. Modern Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Literature
  • BCS 437. Yugoslav Literature of Exile: Nowhere People-Exiles from the State of Ideology
  • BCS 439. Directed Reading of Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Literature
  • HISTORY 431. History of the Balkans Since 1878
  • SLAVIC 471. Seminar in Cultural Studies of Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, section entitled “Technologies of Memory”

Category B: Courses on Central/Eastern European Slavic Culture. Category B courses place the cultural space of the Western Balkans (the area where BCS is spoken) into a larger Central European political, cultural and historical context.

  • POLISH 215. Heart of Europe: Poland Today
  • SLAVIC 225. Arts and Cultures of Central Europe
  • SLAVIC 312 / RCHUMS 312. Central European Cinema
  • SLAVIC 423. Central European Literature in the Twentieth Century
  • SLAVIC 490. Issues in the Cultures of Eastern Europe  (appropriate topics)
  • REEES 405. Topics in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (appropriate topics)

Slavic Languages and Literatures Academic Minors

Academic minors in Slavic Languages and Literatures are not open to those electing a concentration or any other academic minor in the department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, nor to those electing a concentration in the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (REES). Students may concurrently pursue an academic minor in both REES and Slavic with the following restrictions:

  1. REES minors may not count any courses for which Slavic is the home unit
  2. Slavic minors may not count REES 397 or any courses for which REES is the home unit, which includes SLAVIC 395 and 396.

Students wishing to pursue an academic minor in the Department of  Slavic Languages and Literatures must develop a specific plan for its completion in consultation with the department's designated advisor.

Appointments are scheduled online at www.lsa.umich.edu/slavic/undergraduate/advising

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