Department of Slavic, German, and Eurasian Studies

The department offers three degrees:  the B.A., the M.A., and the Ph.D.  The Bachelor of Arts degree program offers fundamental training in language, linguistics, second language acquisition, as well as interdisciplinary studies in the areas of Russia, German-speaking Europe, Eastern Europe, as well as Eurasia. 

Our interdisciplinary department is deeply invested in helping students navigate a geopolitically complex and evolving world through rigorous language study, paired with the interdisciplinary study of culture, linguistics, literature, history, political science, art history, and other disciplines. Our program is characterized by interdisciplinary flexibility, a variety of co-curricular activities, and personalized academic advising and mentoring. On and off we teach 10 languages on a regular basis and expose students to major European and Eurasian languages like Russian and German, as well as specialized training in unique less commonly taught languages like Persian, Polish, Serbo-Croatian and others. All these languages, within the interdisciplinary curriculum of SGES can open up new career pathways for students, and help them bring tangible skills and a unique global approach to their careers in a range of fields from business, to law, medicine, intelligence, as well as traditional academic paths. Our students tend to have a second major or a minor in fields such as Global & International Studies, History, Business, Environmental Studies, Music, Microbiology, and Linguistics.

Our graduates have pursued their passion for language and culture in many ways: working for a non-profit organization affiliated with the U.S. Department of State; translating for a medical software company; intelligence; serving on the human resources team of a global sporting goods company; politics; teaching high school; working as copy editor of a newspaper; and pursuing academic graduate work, social welfare, law, and speech pathology.

The department offers several study abroad programs to Germany, Russia, Ukraine. 

Graduate training at the Masters and Doctoral levels focuses on Russian literature and culture, Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Slavic linguistics, and/or Slavic language pedagogy.  

Working closely with KU’s Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREES), the department offers a variety of Slavic-related events throughout the year, including visiting distinguished lecturers, exhibits, and musical and theatrical performances.  Students participate in an active Slavic East European and Eurasian Studies Club, and multiple language tables.

The Max Kade Center for German-American Studies houses collections on German ethnic culture in the United States and fosters scholarship and student engagement in German-American and transatlantic studies. For further information, contact german@ku.edu.