The concentration in Slavic Literatures and Cultures offers you the opportunity to study the great works and cultural traditions, past and present, of Russia and the other Slavic countries, especially Ukraine, Poland, and the Czech Republic. Concentrators develop proficiency in Russian or another Slavic language such as Czech, Polish, or Ukrainian; learn to read literary works in the original language, gain valuable experience for working and traveling abroad, and come to understand these cultures and the important role they have played in the modern world.
The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures offers graduate students the opportunity to study the literatures, cultures, and languages of the Slavic world, including especially Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, Czech, Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian. The department offers interdisciplinary and comparative courses across the Slavic cultures, encouraging a wide variety of specializations from literature to film, art, and visual culture. Most doctoral candidates specialize in literature, working closely with faculty in their major fields to create a program oriented around their particular interests; coursework is possible in allied fields (such as History, Anthropology, Government, Film, and Music) as well.