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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) 543-1818
slavadv@uw.edu

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

  • Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Russian language, literature, and culture
  • Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Eastern European languages, literature, 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 (Minimum 50 credits):

  1. RUSS 322, RUSS 323
  2. RUSS 301, RUSS 302, RUSS 303; or RUSS 350. Students may satisfy the language requirement with a placement test. A successful placement test does not count toward the 50-credit requirement.
  3. RUSS 110
  4. RUSS 340
  5. Courses from an approved list of electives to reach 50 credits. See adviser for approved list. Maximum 5 credits at the 100-level.
  6. Minimum 50% of credits applied to the major taken at the 300- or 400-level
  7. Minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA for all courses presented for the major
  8. Minimum 15 graded credits presented for this major must be completed through the UW

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

  1. Principal Eastern European language to inlude one of the following: BCMS 406, BCMS 410, BULGR 406, CZECH 406, POLSH 406, ROMN 406, SLVN 406, UKR 406
  2. SLAVIC 101, SLAVIC 320, SLAVIC 370, SLAVIC 425 (20 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 major.
  6. Minimum 15 graded credits presented for this major 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

Russian Language: Minimum 25 credits

  1. RUSS 201, RUSS 202, RUSS 203. Students may satisfy the language requirement with a placement test. A successful placement test does not count toward the 25-credit requirement.
  2. Courses from an approved list of electives to reach 25 credits. See adviser for approved list. Minimum 15 credits at the 300- or 400-level.
  3. Minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA for all courses presented for the minor.
  4. Minimum 15 graded credits presented for the minor must be completed through the UW.

Russian Literature/Slavic Literatures: Minimum 25 credits

  1. RUSS 322, RUSS 323, and 15 credits from an approved list of electives. See adviser for approved list. Maximum 5 credits 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: Minimum 25 credits

  1. Completion of second-year language of one of the principal Eastern European languages, chosen from the following: BCMS 404, BCMS 405, BCMS 406; BULGR 404, BULGR 405, BULGR 406; CZECH 404, CZECH 405, CZECH 406; POLSH 404, POLSH 405, POLSH 406; SLVN 404 and 406; or UKR 404, UKR 405, UKR 406. Students may satisfy the language requirement with a placement test. A successful placement test does not count toward the 25-credit requirement.
  2. Courses from an approved list of electives to reach 25 credits. See adviser for approved list. Maximum 5 credits at the 100-level. Minimum 15 credits at the 300- or 400-level.
  3. Minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA for all courses presented for the minor.
  4. 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
slavadv@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 44-45 credits

  1. Coursework
    1. Slavic core courses (9-10 credits): RUSS 501, RUSS 502, SLAVIC 501, and SLAVIC 518 or SLAVIC 519
    2. One Slavic linguistics course from the following (5 credits): SLAVIC 425, SLAVIC 426, SLAVIC 481, SLAVIC 550, SLAVIC 551, SLAVIC 561, SLAVIC 562, SLAVIC 563, SLAVIC 570
    3. One Slavic literature course from the following (5 credits): RUSS 520, RUSS 521, RUSS 522, RUSS 523, RUSS 526, RUSS 542, RUSS 543, RUSS 570, RUSS 577
    4. Second Slavic language sequence from the following (15 credits):
      1. BCMS 401, BCMS 402, BCMS 403
      2. BULGR 401, BULGR 402, BULGR 403
      3. CZECH 401, CZECH 402, CZECH 403
      4. POLSH 401, POLSH 402, POLSH 403
      5. SLVN 401, SLVN 402, SLVN 404
      6. UKR 401, UKR 402, UKR 403
    5. Electives (10 credits): See department website for list of approved courses
  2. Language Exam: Language proficiency exam in Russian or another Slavic language.
  3. Cumulative Project: Complete a cumulative project, chosen from the following options:
    1. Thesis Option: 10 credits of MA Thesis (SLAVIC 700). Directed by a graduate faculty member.
    2. Exam Option: Two comprehensive MA examinations.
    3. Project Option: 10 credits of Independent Project (SLAVIC 600). Emphasizes research and creativity.

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.