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Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Overview

The Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies offers instruction in Bosnian/Croatian/Montenegrin/Serbian, Bulgarian, Czech, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Ukrainian, and Yakut (Sakha)

Language minors are available in Russian language, Czech language, Polish language, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, and other Slavic languages. 

Scholarships and study abroad opportunities are available.

Watch this video to meet the instructors and see what courses and funding opportunities are offered by the department.

Bosnian/Croatian/Montenegrin/Serbian

These are mutually-intelligible national variants of the Serbo-Croatian language, and have approximately 21 million native speakers. As Croatian, it is an official language of the European Union, and is a recognized minority language in Austria, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Macedonia. 

Bulgarian

Bulgarian has approximately 9 million native speakers, primarily in Bulgaria. It is the official language of Bulgaria and an official language of the European Union, as well as being a recognized minority language in several surrounding countries. 

Czech

Spoken by over 10 million people, Czech is the official language of the Czech Republic and an official language of the European Union. The language has high mutual intelligibility with Slovak. Large numbers of immigrants to several states have meant that dialects of the language continue to be spoken in the US, including in Texas.

Polish

Spoken by 45 million native speakers and a further 5 million second-language speakers, primarily in Poland but also in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Solvakia, Ukraine, and across the world, Polish is an official language of the European Union. Polish has the largest number of speakers of the West Slavic group, and is the second most widely-spoken Slavic language, after Russian. Historically, Polis was a major diplomatic and academic language.

Romanian

Romanian is a Balkan Romance language spoken by around 25 million native speakers, mainly in Romania and Moldova. It is an official language of the European Union, and a recognized minority language in Hungary and Ukraine. 

Russian

Russian is an official language in RussiaBelarusKazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, and is used throughout Eastern Europe, the Baltic, and Central Asia. It has approximately 150 million native speakers - making it the largest native language in Europe - and a further 110 million second-language speakers. It is an official language of the United Nations, the second most widespread language on the internet (after English), and a notable literary language.

Ukrainian

Ukrainian is an official language of Ukraine with approximately 35 million native speakers, and is a recognized minority language in several neighboring countries. The language has some mutual intelligibility with Russian and Belarusian.

Yakut (Sakha)

Yakut is a Turkik language with around 450,000 native speakers, and is spoken by the Yakuts in Sakha, a federal republic in the Russian Federation. It is also spoken by a small diaspora in other parts of Russia, Turkey, and the rest of the world.

Study Abroad

Language program:
No lanaguage required:

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies is also an awarding center for FLAS fellowships to support language study. Here, Matthew Rabatin, Senior Program and Outreach Coordinator for the Center for European Studies, talks through the opportunities and requirements of FLAS in the context of European Studies.

Department Scholarships

Course Offerings for Summer 2021

  • REE F325 - Rebels/Revolution in Russian History/Literature
    Spanning almost a century of Russian literature, this course highlights a gallery of fictional and real rebels and revolutionaries. Were they heroes and martyrs who sacrificed their lives to improve the lot of others? Or unscrupulous and manipulative individuals who disguised their thirst for power behind an agenda of societal betterment? From Pushkin’s portrayal of Emelian Pugachev’s rebellion in the 1770s to Nechaev’s organized revolutionary group, which inspired Dostoevsky’s Demons, to Bakunin’s writings and memoirs of notorious revolutionaries and intelligentsia’s responses to the “revolutionary virus,” the array of representations of rebels and revolutionaries simultaneously served as a reflection of their popular perception and formed the reading public’s opinion on these issues. We will supplement textual analysis of prose and poetry with the study of historical documents in order to understand the complex historical, moral, and cultural dimensions of such enduring phenomena as revolution, rebellion, and terrorism. Offered with Dr. Marina Alexandrova
  • REE S325 - Soviet Romance in Film
    Many remember the iconic phrase “there is no sex in the Soviet Union,” spoken by a participant of a telebridge between the Soviet and the American women in the late 1980s, the phrase that became a hallmark of the hypocritical and denialist Soviet politics of body and intimacy. “Love,” on the other hand, was encouraged, but ideologically curated. This course will introduce the students to a selection of Soviet romance films, coming from several famous directors from Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, and Georgia, some working in the lighter genres of romantic comedy, and some adhering to drama. Each of the selected film, despite the restrictions of genre conventions, transcended them and became a classic with a cult following. With Dr. Oksana Lutsyshyna.
  • RUS F406 - First Year Russian I
    Welcome to Russian online! This class is designed to introduce you to Russian language and culture. Before you go any further, you need to know that this is an INTENSIVE SUMMER RUSSIAN LANGUAGE COURSE. We will cover the equivalent of a semester’s worth of material in 5 weeks. The aim of the course is to help you develop functional proficiency in four skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking in Russian within authentic cultural contexts. In order to develop these skills, you will be introduced to new material on a daily basis. We will cover 7 units, each of which gradually builds on the other. Each unit will consist of 4 content modules, with the exception of unit 1, which will consist of 8. You will be given an assessment upon the completion of each unit in the form of an online exam module. Content modules comprises the bulk of the instructional material for this course. Because language study is cumulative, you are encouraged to practice the language we are learning every day, engage with your fellow classmates, and take part in various activities outside of the class assignments. You are expected to complete all daily assignments and activities and to learn the accompanying vocabulary. With Dr. Heather Rice.
  • RUS F406 - First Year Russian II
    RUS 407 is a continuation of the first semester online course RUS 406. You will continue to learn about fundamentals of Russian language and culture. The general aim of this three semester course is to help you develop functional proficiency in four language-based skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Equally as important is a firm grounding in culture, which always goes part and parcel with language acquisition. In order to achieve our proficiency goals, you are expected to work with the material on a daily basis. Because language study is cumulative, you have to practice every day, taking care to complete all daily assignments and activities and to learn the accompanying vocabulary. With Dr. Frane Karabatic.
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Interested in learning more? Why not try the BBC's "Quick Fix" in Bosnian, Bulgarian, Czech, Polish, Russian, Serbian, or Ukranian


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