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Slavic Languages and Literatures

Department Overview

Padelford A210

Slavic languages and literatures include the principal East European languages and literatures as well as Slavic linguistics. Languages include Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Bulgarian, Czech, Georgian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Slovene, and Ukrainian.

Undergraduate Program

Adviser
A210H Padelford, Box 354335
(206) 543-6848
slavicadv@uw.edu

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures offers the following programs of study

  • The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Slavic languages and literatures with options in Russian language, literature, and culture; and Eastern European languages, literatures, and culture
  • Minors in Russian language, Russian literature/Slavic literatures, and Slavic languages

Bachelor of Arts

Suggested First- and Second-Year College Courses: First- and second-year Russian. Courses that develop writing skills.

Department Admission Requirements

Students in good academic standing may declare this major at any time.

Major Requirements

Russian Language, Literature, and Culture Option (Minimum 50 credits):

  1. RUSS 322, RUSS 323
  2. RUSS 403
  3. RUSS 451
  4. Courses from an approved list of electives to reach 50 credits. See adviser for approved list. No more than 15 credits from the following may apply: RUSS 303, RUSS 350 (only 5 credits of RUSS 350 may apply), RUSS 401, RUSS 402. Maximum 5 credits at the 100 level.
  5. Minimum 50% of credits applied to the major taken at the 300 or 400 level
  6. Minimum 2.0 grade for each course and minimum 2.50 GPA for all UW and transfer courses presented for this option
  7. Minimum 15 graded credits presented for this option must be completed through the UW

Eastern European Languages, Literature, and Culture Option (Minimum 50 credits):

  1. Principal Eastern European language to inlude one of the following: BCS 406, BCS 410, BULGR 406, CZECH 406, POLSH 406, ROMN 406, SLVN 406, UKR 406
  2. SLAVIC 351 (5 credits)
  3. Courses selected from preceding principal Eastern European language courses or from an approved list of electives to reach 50 credits. See adviser for approved list. Maximum 5 credits at the 100 level.
  4. Minimum 50% of credits applied to the major taken at the 300 or 400 level
  5. Minimum 2.0 grade in each course and minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA for all UW and transfer courses presented for this option.
  6. Minimum 15 graded credits presented for this option must be completed through the UW.

Continuation Policy

All students must make satisfactory academic progress in the major. Failure to do so results in probation, which can lead to dismissal from the major. For the complete continuation policy, contact the departmental adviser or refer to the department website.

Minor

Minor Requirements:

Russian Language:

  1. Minimum 25 credits to include one of the following: RUSS 303, RUSS 350, RUSS 401, RUSS 402, RUSS 403, RUSS 450.
  2. Courses selected from preceding Russian language courses or from an approved list of electives to reach 25 credits. See adviser for approved list. Maximum 5 credits allowed at the 100-level.
  3. Minimum 2.0 grade in each course presented for the minor.
  4. Minimum 15 graded credits presented for the minor must be completed through the UW.

Russian Literature/Slavic Literatures:

  1. Minimum 25 credits to include RUSS 322, RUSS 323, and 15 credits from an approved list of electives. See adviser for approved list. Maximum 5 credits allowed at the 100-level.
  2. Minimum 2.0 grade in each course presented for the minor.
  3. Minimum 15 graded credits presented for the minor must be completed through the UW.

Slavic Languages:

  1. Minimum 25 credits to include one of the following as a principal Eastern European language: BCS 406, BCS 410 (10 credits), BULGR 406, CZECH 406, POLSH 406, ROMN 406, SLVN 406, UKR 406.
  2. SLAVIC 351.
  3. Courses selected from the preceding principal Eastern European language courses or from an approved list of electives to reach 25 credits. See adviser for approved list. Maximum 5 credits allowed at the 100-level.
  4. Minimum 2.0 grade in each course presented for the minor.
  5. Minimum 15 graded credits presented for the minor must be completed through the UW.

Student Outcomes and Opportunities

  • Learning Objectives and Expected Outcomes: Graduating majors in Slavic languages and literatures have a solid command of the Slavic language of focus, with speaking, listening, reading, writing, and translation skills at the intermediate high or advanced level. They have a broad knowledge of the history of the relevant country, and of its modern culture. Students have a general knowledge of major periods and literature and detailed knowledge of two or three particular authors or genres. Students have a good understanding of Slavic languages in general and the language of their specialization in particular, as well as knowledge of major issues in contemporary phonology, morphology, and syntax. All students develop good general analytical skills and the ability to explore and understand another culture through mastery of its language.
  • Instructional and Research Facilities: UW Language Learning Center
  • Honors Options Available: Dobro Slovo membership is available to qualifying students (see adviser for requirements). With College Honors (Completion of Honors Core Curriculum and Departmental Honors); With Honors (Completion of Departmental Honors requirements in the major). See adviser for requirements.
  • Research, Internships, and Service Learning: Undergraduates may present their current research at the annual Slavic Student Symposium each spring. Suzzallo Library holdings include some 400,000 titles in Slavic languages and in other languages on Slavic subjects. The library subscribes to all important periodicals and newspapers in Russian and other languages and has exceptionally strong holdings in rare and antiquarian Slavic titles on microfilm and microfiche.
  • Department Scholarships: Vadim Pahn Scholarship for continued study of Russian in an intensive summer language program; Asante Outstanding Paper Prize for the best undergraduate paper written in a Slavic Department course; Polish Studies Scholarship awarded for study in Poland of the Polish language and culture.
  • Student Organizations/Associations: Rodnoi Ugolok, the Russian student society; Ukrainian Students United, the Ukrainian student society.

Graduate Program

Graduate Program Coordinator
A210C Padelford, Box 354335
(206) 543-6848
slavicadv@uw.edu

The department offers the master of arts and doctor of philosophy degrees in Russian and East European languages, literatures, and cultures. Languages include Czech, Old Church Slavonic, Polish, Russian, and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian.

The master's degree takes four to six quarters and the doctoral degree three additional years. Duration of each program, however, depends on the student's preparation upon entrance to the program.

Master of Arts

Admission Requirements

  1. Bachelor's degree in Russian or Slavic studies, to include four years of Slavic language.
  2. Conditional admission may be granted to those with equivalent experience and basic coursework. Students with three years of language who enroll in fourth-year summer intensive Russian are considered.
  3. Diagnostic language test to establish level of proficiency.

Degree Requirements

Minimum 45 credits

  1. Slavic core courses: 10 credits from the following: RUSS 501, RUSS 502, SLAVIC 501, SLAVIC 519
  2. Slavic linguistics courses: 10 credits from the following: SLAVIC 550, SLAVIC 551, SLAVIC 570
  3. Slavic literature courses (10 credits): RUSS 542, RUSS 543
  4. Second Slavic language, (5 credits): one of the following: BCS 403, BULGR 403, CZECH 403 or POLSH 403 (implies completion of 401 and 402 in the relevant language)
  5. Elective courses, 10 credits from above or from the following: BCS 406, BCS 420, CZECH 406, CZECH 420, POLSH 406, POLSH 420, RUSS 420, RUSS 421, RUSS 422, RUSS 423, RUSS 425, RUSS 426, RUSS 430, RUSS 512, RUSS 520, RUSS 521, RUSS 522, RUSS 523, RUSS 526, RUSS 570, RUSS 577, SLAVIC 420, SLAVIC 423, SLAVIC 425, SLAVIC 426, SLAVIC 470, SLAVIC 490, SLAVIC 520, SLAVIC 561, SLAVIC 562, SLAVIC 563, SLAVIC 565, SLAVIC 566, UKR 420

Examinations

  • Russian Language
  • Other Slavic Languages
  • MA Comprehensive Examinations

Doctor of Philosophy

Admission Requirements

MA or equivalent degree. Students are admitted on the basis of language skills (Slavic and English), general background in Slavic cultures, and a comprehensive statement of purpose.

Degree Requirements

Minimum 90 credits

  1. Minimum 90 credits, including graduate credits taken toward the MA degree. See Supervisory Committee chair for course planning.
  2. Minimum one full year residence through the UW
  3. Comprehensive examinations to include language reading ability, written field examinations, and a general oral examination
  4. Dissertation: three quarters of SLAVIC 800, followed by dissertation defense

Research Facilities

Suzzallo Library holdings include some 400,000 titles in Slavic languages and other languages on Slavic subjects. The library subscribes to important periodicals and newspapers in Russian and other languages and has exceptionally strong holdings in rare and antiquarian Slavic titles.

Assistantship Opportunities

The department offers teaching assistantships and several other types of fellowships.