Slavic Languages and Literatures Major

Students must also complete the Undergraduate Registration Requirement and the degree requirements of their home school.

Concentration in Russian Language, Literature, and Culture

This concentration is guided by a focus on 19th- and 20th-century Russian literature. Through language and literature study, students receive an intensive understanding of Russian culture, including political, religious, and cultural ideas.

Course Title
Prerequisite
SLAVIC 102-1
SLAVIC 102-2
SLAVIC 102-3
Intermediate Russian
and Intermediate Russian
and Intermediate Russian
or equivalent Russian proficiency
Department Courses (12 units)
3-course advanced Russian language sequence:
Russian Language and Culture
and Russian Language and Culture
and Russian Language & Culture
Modern Russian Readings and Language
and Modern Russian Readings and Language
and Modern Russian Readings and Language
All courses must come from the same sequence.
9 additional courses:
4 Slavic courses chosen from the following:
200-level Slavic courses taught in English
200-level courses taught in other departments and co-listed in Slavic
At most 1 Slavic first-year seminar may count toward this requirement.
SLAVIC 360-0Survey of 19th Century Russian Poetry
or SLAVIC 361-0 Survey of 20th Century Russian Poetry
4 Slavic courses at the 300 or 400 level
Related Courses
2 courses from outside the department; must be approved by the director of undergraduate studies. Departments and programs offering relevant courses include art history, history, Jewish studies, musicology, political science, and theater. A current list of approved courses is available on the department’s website.

Concentration in Russian and East European Studies

This flexible major concentration is designed for students who wish to combine language and literature with work in other disciplines. It is also a good choice for students whose primary interest rests in non-Russian Slavic ­countries.

Prerequisite

  • Two years of college-level Czech, Polish, or Russian language, or equivalent proficiency

Department courses (typically 12 units but may vary depending on language option)

  • One of the following advanced language options:
    • Czech
      • Individual plan requires approval of the director of undergraduate studies.
      • Equivalent of a full year of advanced study; may include SLAVIC 399-0 Independent Study with readings in Czech and/or study abroad in a language-focused program
    • Polish
      • Individual plan requires approval of the director of undergraduate studies.
      • Equivalent of a full year of advanced study; may include SLAVIC 358-1 Polish for Advanced and Native SpeakersSLAVIC 358-2 Polish for Advanced and Native SpeakersSLAVIC 399-0 Independent Study with readings in Polish; and/or study abroad in a language-focused program
    • Russian
      Course Title
      SLAVIC 302-1
      SLAVIC 302-2
      SLAVIC 302-3
      Russian Language and Culture
      and Russian Language and Culture
      and Russian Language & Culture
      or SLAVIC 303-1
      SLAVIC 303-2
      SLAVIC 303-3
      Modern Russian Readings and Language
      and Modern Russian Readings and Language
      and Modern Russian Readings and Language
  • 9 additional courses
    • 4 100- or 200-level Slavic courses chosen from the following:
      • 200-level Slavic courses taught in English
      • 200-level courses taught in other departments and co-listed in Slavic
      • At most 1 Slavic first-year seminar
      • At most 2 courses in a second Slavic language
    • 3 Slavic courses at the 300 or 400 level
    • 2 electives may be chosen from outside the department

Related Courses

  • 2 related courses from outside the department; must be approved by the director of undergraduate studies. Departments and programs offering relevant courses include art history, history, Jewish studies, musicology, political science, and theater. A current list of approved courses is available on the department’s website.

Honors in Slavic Languages and Literatures

Majors with strong academic records and an interest in pursuing honors should consult the honors adviser by the end of junior year. Most honors candidates research and write the thesis in 2 quarters of SLAVIC 399-0 Independent Study. Another option is to take a 400-level seminar followed by SLAVIC 399-0 Independent Study, in which the student pursues a topic arising out of the 400-level course. These courses may be counted for credit in the major.

Students whose theses and grades meet department criteria are recommended to the college for graduation with honors. For more information see the program website and Honors in the Major.

Courses

Courses in Language and Linguistics

Course Title
SLAVIC 101-1
SLAVIC 101-2
SLAVIC 101-3
Elementary Russian
and Elementary Russian
and Elementary Russian
SLAVIC 102-1
SLAVIC 102-2
SLAVIC 102-3
Intermediate Russian
and Intermediate Russian
and Intermediate Russian
SLAVIC 108-1
SLAVIC 108-2
SLAVIC 108-3
Elementary Polish
and Elementary Polish
and Introduction to Polish
SLAVIC 208-1
SLAVIC 208-2
SLAVIC 208-3
Intermediate Polish: Language and Culture
and Intermediate Polish: Language and Culture
and Intermediate Polish: Language and Culture
SLAVIC 302-1
SLAVIC 302-2
SLAVIC 302-3
Russian Language and Culture
and Russian Language and Culture
and Russian Language & Culture
SLAVIC 303-1
SLAVIC 303-2
SLAVIC 303-3
Modern Russian Readings and Language
and Modern Russian Readings and Language
and Modern Russian Readings and Language
SLAVIC 304-1
SLAVIC 304-2
SLAVIC 304-3
Advanced Contemporary and Professional Russian
and Advanced Contemporary and Professional Russian
and Advanced Contemporary and Professional Russian
SLAVIC 340-0History of the Russian Language
SLAVIC 341-0Structure of Modern Russian
SLAVIC 358-1
SLAVIC 358-2
Polish for Advanced and Native Speakers
and Polish for Advanced and Native Speakers

Courses with Readings and Discussion in English

Course Title
SLAVIC 210-1
SLAVIC 210-2
SLAVIC 210-3
Introduction to Russian Literature
and Introduction to Russian Literature
and Introduction to Russian Literature
SLAVIC 211-1
SLAVIC 211-2
20th-Century Russian Literature
and 20th-Century Russian Literature
SLAVIC 255-0Slavic Civilizations
SLAVIC 261-0Heart of Europe: Poland in the Twentieth Century
SLAVIC 267-0Czech Culture: Film, Visual Arts & Music
SLAVIC 278-1
SLAVIC 278-2
Visual Art in the Context of Russian Culture
and Visual Art in the Context of Russian Culture
SLAVIC 310-0Tolstoy
SLAVIC 311-0Dostoevsky
SLAVIC 313-0Nabokov
SLAVIC 314-0Chekhov
SLAVIC 322-0Making a Dictionary: The Northwestern Project
SLAVIC 350-0Folklore, Music, Poetry
SLAVIC 367-1
SLAVIC 367-2
Russian Film
and Russian Film
SLAVIC 368-0Andrei Tarkovsky's Aesthetics and World Cinema
SLAVIC 369-0200 Years of Russian Drama
SLAVIC 390-0Literature and Politics in Central and Eastern Europe
SLAVIC 392-0East European Literature and Visual Arts
SLAVIC 393-0Prague: City of Cultures, City of Conflict
SLAVIC 396-0Topics in Literature and Arts

Courses in Literature with Prerequisite in Russian

The prerequisite for 300-level courses is SLAVIC 302-3 Russian Language & Culture, SLAVIC 303-3 Modern Russian Readings and Language, or consent of instructor.

Course Title
SLAVIC 359-1
SLAVIC 359-2
Russian Prose
and Russian Prose
SLAVIC 360-0Survey of 19th Century Russian Poetry
SLAVIC 361-0Survey of 20th Century Russian Poetry
SLAVIC 399-0Independent Study