The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures welcomes intellectually curious students seeking to understand the cultures and societies of Russia and Eastern Europe. The Russian language serves as the gateway to the major, allowing students to read the classic texts of Russian literature in the original; to that end we sponsor a Princeton in Petersburg program. However, we also welcome students whose primary interest is not literary, be it politics, cultural anthropology, film and visual arts, or Russia’s still problematic relationship to the West. We are a small department and encourage vigorous interaction with other programs and disciplines on campus, including history, music, and comparative literature.
The Department prides itself on the flexibility of the major and the accessibility of the faculty. By the end of their senior year, majors feel very much at home, having worked closely with most (sometimes all) of the faculty members. Students majoring with us are well-prepared for careers in any number of fields: medicine, law, publishing, performing arts (where expertise in Slavic cultures is an exotic professional plus), as well as more traditional graduate study in the field. Princeton Slavic majors are highly competitive for Fulbright fellowships to Russia and Eastern Europe (students have the opportunity to study Polish, Czech, Bosnian-Serbian-Croatian, and Bulgarian as well as Russian).