Why study Slavic languages and literatures?

Because Russia and the Slavs link the West and the East; studying their languages and cultures broadens your horizons and helps you to better understand the world around you.

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures offers comprehensive undergraduate programs in Russian, Polish, and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian and their literatures, and cultures. For each language, we offer a core curriculum of 3+ years of language study emphasizing all four skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing), supplemented by courses in culture, literature and linguistics. We also offer intensive Russian in the summer. For study abroad, we offer summer and semester options at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia, as well as a summer study abroad programs in Zadar, Croatia and Lviv, Ukraine, and a summer Russian-language internship program in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The major prepares students for a variety of careers in teaching or in graduate studies, as well as in fields such as interpreting, international business, art, art history, and travel. A Slavic degree allows a student focus on Russian and Slavic languages as a career path or to add a unique global aspect to another career choice. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds to consider a Slavic major or minor in combination with another field of study.

The M.A. degree in Slavic Languages and Literatures gives students a well-rounded knowledge of Russian language and literature, provides students interested in working professionally with Russian in government or other areas with solid language skills and well-rounded training in the field, and allows them to continue on to specialized doctoral study in Slavic studies. The Ph.D. degree can be tailored to the student’s interests and future research plans. Doctoral study allows students to pursue a knowledge of a second Slavic language and literature, a minor field, as well as in-depth preparation leading to the doctoral dissertation. Qualified candidates are supported through teaching assistantships and receive extensive training and guidance in language instruction. We pride ourselves on our advising and preparation of students for careers in academia and the professional world.

Requirements for the Minor

6 minor tracks are offered.

Polish Studies Track

Students choosing this minor track must complete courses as indicated in following areas:

Prerequisites (10)
The following courses provide fundamental skills for the minor, but do not contribute to the minimum required hours for the minor.
Elementary Polish I. Satisfied by:
PLSH 104Elementary Polish I5
Elementary Polish II. Satisfied by:
PLSH 108Elementary Polish II5
Polish Studies Required Courses (18)
Intermediate Polish I. Satisfied by:
PLSH 204Intermediate Polish I3
Intermediate Polish II. Satisfied by:
PLSH 208Intermediate Polish II3
West Slavic Literature and Civilization (Polish and Czech). Satisfied by:
SLAV 506Masterworks of Polish and Czech Literature3
Required Electives. Satisfied by 3 courses (9 hours) chosen from the following:9
Readings in Polish Language and Literature
Introduction to the Languages and Peoples of Russia and East-Central Europe
Introduction to East-Central European Culture and Society: _____
Totalitarianism and Literature in Central Europe
Love, Lust and Liberty: Polish and Czech Film Adapations
Language, Culture and Ethnicity in Prehistoric Eastern Europe
Economic Systems
Everyday Communism in Eastern Europe
Nationalism and Communism in East Central Europe from 1772 to the Present
Marxism (or other relevant course in philosophy)

Minor Hours & Minor GPA

While completing all required courses, minors must also meet each of the following hour and GPA minimum standards:

Minor Hours
Satisfied by 18 hours of minor courses.

Minor Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 9 hours of KU resident credit in the minor.

Minor Junior/Senior (300+) Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the minor.

Minor Junior/Senior (300+) Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in all departmental courses (300+) in the minor. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

Russian Track

Students choosing this minor track must complete courses as indicated in following areas:

Prerequisites (15)
The following courses provide fundamental skills for the minor, but do not contribute to the minimum required hours for the minor.
Elementary Russian I. Satisfied by:
RUSS 104Elementary Russian I5
or RUSS 110 Intensive Elementary Russian
Elementary Russian II. Satisfied by:
RUSS 108Elementary Russian II5
or RUSS 110 Intensive Elementary Russian
Intermediate Russian I. Satisfied by
RUSS 204Intermediate Russian I5
Russian Required Courses (20)
Intermediate Russian II. Satisfied by:
RUSS 208Intermediate Russian II5
Russian Linguistics. Satisfied by 1 course (3 hours, 200+) chosen from: 3
Introduction to the Languages and Peoples of Russia and East-Central Europe
and Introduction to the Languages and Peoples of Russia and East-Central Europe, Honors
Russian Phonetics, Phonology, and Inflectional Morphology
The Grammatical Categories of Russian: Linguistic Units, Functions and Meanings
Russian Since the Revolution
The Pragmatics of Slavic Languages
Language and Identity in East-Central Europe and the Former Soviet Union
Russian Literature. Satisfied by 1 course (3 hours, 400+) chosen from:3
The Russian Literary Genius
Introduction to Russian Poetry
Dostoevsky
Tolstoy
Turgenev
Russian Theatre and Drama from Stanislavski and Chekhov to the Present
The "Woman Question" in Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature
The Devil in Russian Literature
Biblical Themes in Modern Russian Literature
Russian and East European Science Fiction
Introduction to Russian Literature of the Nineteenth Century
Russian Literature in Translation: _____
Introduction to Russian Literature of the Twentieth Century
Pushkin and Evgenij Onegin
The Russian Short Story
Russian Literature of the Eighteenth Century
The Russian Novel in the Age of Realism
Russian Literary Modernism: 1880-1930
Soviet Russian Literature: 1930-1990
Post-Soviet Literature
Nabokov
Required Electives. Satisfied by 3 courses (9 hours) in Russian literature, linguistics, culture, or advanced language chosen in consultation with the major advisor.9
Language
Advanced Russian I
Advanced Russian II
Russian for the Professions I
Russian for the Professions II
Problems in Translating Russian into English I
Problems in Translating Russian into English II
Classics of Russian Culture
Contemporary Russian Culture
Russian Phonetics and Grammar
Introduction to Russian Literature
Stylistics
Linguistics
Introduction to the Languages and Peoples of Russia and East-Central Europe
and Introduction to the Languages and Peoples of Russia and East-Central Europe, Honors
Russian Phonetics, Phonology, and Inflectional Morphology
The Grammatical Categories of Russian: Linguistic Units, Functions and Meanings
Russian Since the Revolution
The Pragmatics of Slavic Languages
Language and Identity in East-Central Europe and the Former Soviet Union
Culture
Jews and Slavs in Eastern Europe
Russian Business Culture
Soviet and Post-Soviet Russian Cinema
Russia Today
Introduction to Russian Culture and Society: _____
Post-Soviet Communication
Biography of a City: _____
Soviet and Post-Soviet Russian Cinema
Main Currents of Russian Thought I
Main Currents of Russian Thought II
Literature
The Russian Literary Genius
Introduction to Russian Poetry
Dostoevsky
Tolstoy
Turgenev
Russian Theatre and Drama from Stanislavski and Chekhov to the Present
The "Woman Question" in Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature
The Devil in Russian Literature
Biblical Themes in Modern Russian Literature
Russian and East European Science Fiction
Introduction to Russian Literature of the Nineteenth Century
Russian Literature in Translation: _____
Introduction to Russian Literature of the Twentieth Century
Pushkin and Evgenij Onegin
The Russian Short Story
Russian Literature of the Eighteenth Century
The Russian Novel in the Age of Realism
Russian Literary Modernism: 1880-1930
Soviet Russian Literature: 1930-1990
Post-Soviet Literature
Nabokov

Minor Hours & Minor GPA

While completing all required courses, minors must also meet each of the following hour and GPA minimum standards:

Minor Hours
Satisfied by 20 hours of minor courses.

Minor Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 9 hours of KU resident credit in the minor.

Minor Junior/Senior (300+) Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the minor.

Minor Junior/Senior (300+) Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in all departmental courses (300+) in the minor. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.


Russian Business and Professional Culture Track

Students choosing this minor track must complete courses as indicated in following areas:

Prerequisites (15)
The following courses provide fundamental skills for the minor, but do not contribute to the minimum required hours for the minor.
Elementary Russian I. Satisfied by:
RUSS 104Elementary Russian I5
Elementary Russian II. Satisfied by:
RUSS 108Elementary Russian II5
Intermediate Russian I. Satisfied by:
RUSS 204Intermediate Russian I5
Russian Business and Professional Culture Required Courses (18)
Intermediate Russian II. Satisfied by:
RUSS 208Intermediate Russian II5
Advanced Russian, satisfied by one of the following:6
Advanced Russian I
and Advanced Russian II
Russian for the Professions I
and Russian for the Professions II
Russian Business/Professional Culture, satisfied by one of the following:
SLAV 330Russian Business Culture3
SLAV 503Post-Soviet Communication3
Required Research Project, satisfied by:
RUSS 675Readings in Russian1

Minor Hours & Minor GPA

While completing all required courses, minors must also meet each of the following hour and GPA minimum standards:

Minor Hours
Satisfied by 18 hours of minor courses.

Minor Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 9 hours of KU resident credit in the minor.

Minor Junior/Senior (300+) Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the minor.

Minor Junior/Senior (300+) Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in all departmental courses (300+) in the minor. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

Slavic Cultures in Translation Track

Students choosing this minor track must complete courses as indicated in following areas:

West Slavic Literature and Civilization or South Slavic Literature and Civilization. Satisfied by:3
Masterworks of Polish and Czech Literature
South Slavic Literature and Civilization
Slavic Culture. Satisfied by two of the following:6
Introduction to Russian Culture
Survey of Russian Literature in Translation
Introduction to Slavic Folklore
Introduction to the Languages and Peoples of Russia and East-Central Europe
Junior/Senior Slavic Literature and Culture. Satisfied by 3 junior/senior (300+) SLAV courses (9 hours) from the following:9
Jews and Slavs in Eastern Europe
The Russian Literary Genius
Totalitarianism and Literature in Central Europe
Love, Lust and Liberty: Polish and Czech Film Adapations
Dostoevsky
Tolstoy
Turgenev
Russian Theatre and Drama from Stanislavski and Chekhov to the Present
The "Woman Question" in Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature
The Devil in Russian Literature
Biblical Themes in Modern Russian Literature
Introduction to Russian Literature of the Nineteenth Century
Russian Literature in Translation: _____
Introduction to Russian Literature of the Twentieth Century
The Cultural Impact of Ottoman Empire on the South Slavs
Language, Culture and Ethnicity in Prehistoric Eastern Europe
The Russian Short Story
Russian Literature of the Eighteenth Century
The Russian Novel in the Age of Realism
Russian Literary Modernism: 1880-1930
Soviet Russian Literature: 1930-1990
Post-Soviet Literature
Nabokov

Minor Hours & Minor GPA

While completing all required courses, minors must also meet each of the following hour and GPA minimum standards:

Minor Hours
Satisfied by 18 hours of minor courses.

Minor Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 9 hours of KU resident credit in the minor.

Minor Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the minor.

Minor Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in all departmental courses (300+) in the minor. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

Slavic Jewish Studies Track

Students choosing this minor track must complete courses as indicated in following areas:

Slavic Courses With a Jewish Studies Component. Satisfied by 3 of the following:9
Jews and Slavs in Eastern Europe
Introduction to the Languages and Peoples of Russia and East-Central Europe
Language and Identity in East-Central Europe and the Former Soviet Union
Masterworks of Polish and Czech Literature
South Slavic Literature and Civilization
Love, Lust and Liberty: Polish and Czech Film Adapations
The Cultural Impact of Ottoman Empire on the South Slavs
Judaism/Jewish Religious Expression. Satisfied by one of the following:3
Topics in Jewish Studies:_____
Religion of Ancient Israel
Introduction to Judaism
Introduction to Judaism
The Talmud: Its Origins, Nature, and Evolution
The Dead Sea Scrolls
Jews and Christians
Modern Jewish Thought
Studies in Judaism
Jewish Folklore
Required Electives. Satisfied by 2 of the following:6
Geography
Understanding Central Asia
Geography of the Former Soviet Union
Geography of Eastern Europe
Regions of the Former USSR
History
French Revolution to the Present: Europe 1789-Present
Russia, An Introduction
The History of the Second World War
Hitler and Nazi Germany
Everyday Communism in Eastern Europe
Beyond the Iron Curtain: Soviet Perspectives on the Cold War
Nationalism and Communism in East Central Europe from 1772 to the Present
Medieval Russia
Imperial Russia
Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union
Eastern Europe, 19th and 20th Centuries
Colloquium in 20th Century Russia
Jewish Studies
Introduction to Judaism
Introduction to Judaism
The Holocaust in History
Modern Jewish History
Jewish Secular Culture
History of Jewish Women
Jews and Christians
Jewish Folklore
Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies
Societies and Cultures of Eurasia
Slavic
Jews and Slavs in Eastern Europe
Introduction to the Languages and Peoples of Russia and East-Central Europe
Language and Identity in East-Central Europe and the Former Soviet Union
Masterworks of Polish and Czech Literature
South Slavic Literature and Civilization
Love, Lust and Liberty: Polish and Czech Film Adapations
The Cultural Impact of Ottoman Empire on the South Slavs
Yiddish
Studies in Yiddish: ______
Study Abroad Topics in Yiddish: _____

Minor Hours & Minor GPA

While completing all required courses, minors must also meet each of the following hour and GPA minimum standards:

Minor Hours
Satisfied by 18 hours of minor courses.

Minor Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 9 hours of KU resident credit in the minor.

Minor Junior/Senior (300+) Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the minor.

Minor Junior/Senior (300+) Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in all departmental courses (300+) in the minor. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.


South Slavic Studies Track

Students choosing this minor track must complete courses as indicated in following areas:

Prerequisites (10)
The following courses provide fundamental skills for the minor, but do not contribute to the minimum required hours for the minor.
Elementary Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian I. Satisfied by:
BCRS 104Elementary Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian I5
Elementary Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian II. Satisfied by:
BCRS 108Elementary Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian II5
Intermediate Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian I. Satisfied by:
South Slavic Studies Required Courses (18)
BCRS 204Intermediate Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian I3
BCRS 208Intermediate Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian II3
SLAV 508South Slavic Literature and Civilization3
9 hours in South Slavic languages, history, cultures, or literatures at the 300 level or above, chosen from courses in the South Slavic studies emphasis
Required Electives. Satisfied by 3 courses (9 hours) chosen from the following: 9
Intensive Croatian (summer in Croatia)
Readings in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian
Economic Systems
Everyday Communism in Eastern Europe
Nationalism and Communism in East Central Europe from 1772 to the Present
Marxism (or other relevant course in philosophy)
The Peoples and Cultures of Southeastern Europe Through Film
Introduction to the Languages and Peoples of Russia and East-Central Europe
Readings in Slovene
The Cultural Impact of Ottoman Empire on the South Slavs
Slavic Folklore
Language, Culture and Ethnicity in Prehistoric Eastern Europe
Topics in: _____ (Slavic Culture)

Minor Hours & Minor GPA

While completing all required courses, minors must also meet each of the following hour and GPA minimum standards:

Minor Hours
Satisfied by 18 hours of minor courses.

Minor Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 9 hours of KU resident credit in the minor.

Minor Junior/Senior (300+) Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the minor.

Minor Junior/Senior (300+) Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in all departmental courses (300+) in the minor. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

Study Abroad

The department, in conjunction with the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, conducts summer institutes at universities in

  • L’viv, Ukraine; and
  • Zadar, Croatia.
  • Almaty, Kazakhstan (internship program)

Arrangements can be made for students to study for one semester or a full academic year at these or other universities. Some scholarship support is available.

Consult the Slavic department office or the Office of Study Abroad. Credit for non-KU programs is not automatic and is evaluated in consultation with the Slavic department undergraduate director.

Undergraduate and graduate students at KU are encouraged to spend a summer, semester, and/or year studying and conducting research in their country of interest.

Slavic Language Programs in Russia and Eastern Europe

KU students may take intermediate or advanced Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian at a 6-week summer institute in Croatia or attend a summer language program in Poland.

Graduate students at KU are encouraged to spend a summer, semester, and/or year studying and conducting research in their country of interest.