The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures provides instruction in the languages, literatures and cultures of Russia and Eastern Europe. An understanding of this part of the world is crucial in today’s global culture.
The Department offers two majors: Russian Language and Literature is a departmental major; Russian and East European Studies is an interdisciplinary major. Both majors provide knowledge of Slavic culture, but also develop students’ critical thinking, writing and analytical skills.
Students majoring in Russian Language and Literature or Russian and East European Studies often have a second major in the College of Arts and Sciences. Study of the languages, literatures and cultures of Russia and Eastern Europe is complemented by study of Politics, History, Art History, Comparative Literature and other major disciplines.
Students who major in the Department develop skills and knowledge that serve them well in graduate and professional study. They are competitive in both the private and public sectors, finding employment in government, NGOs, education, business, media and the arts.
Undergraduates who major in the Department have the opportunity for close interaction with the faculty. Many courses are small and faculty are accessible to students.