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Slavic Languages and Literatures departmental information
The Department teaches the languages, literatures, and cultures of the Slavic nations. The Russian language is the fifth-most spoken language in the world; in addition there are some one hundred and fifty million speakers of Czech, Polish, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, and Ukrainian. These are vehicles of some of the world's great cultures and are of increasing importance as a key to communication in trade and technology. Courses are offered in Slavic languages, literatures, and cultures. The undergraduate curriculum is designed primarily to provide competence in Czech, Polish, and Russian along with knowledge of Czech, Polish, and Russian literature and cultures. A major is offered in Polish and Russian, minors in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Czech, Polish, Russian, Ukrainian, and Cultures and Literatures of Eastern Europe. The department also offers courses in Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian, as well as Ukrainian.
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.
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