Undergraduate Program



  • The Slavic Department aspires to develop in its majors a critically informed appreciation for the literature and culture of Russia and the Slavic world.
  • Majors should develop comprehensive knowledge of those historical trajectories, artistic trends, and intellectual currents that have shaped in a unique way the literary tradition they have chosen as their object of study.
  • Slavic majors should be critically equipped and discerning readers of texts. Apart from intimate acquaintance with primary sources in their area of interest, they are expected to acquire knowledge of theoretical paradigms and productive critical approaches to literature and culture.
  • As linguistic competence is an indispensable prerequisite in the learning process, the Department expects students to attain a level of proficiency that will allow them to work with both primary and secondary sources in the target language. The student’s competence in the chosen Slavic language should enable him/her to appreciate the subtleties of artistic expression in literary works, as well as navigate the intricacies of critical/theoretical texts.
  • Majors are expected to perfect their writing skills, so as to produce work that is solidly structured, rhetorically appealing, and logically sustained.


The department gives its own placement test to all incoming students who have studied Russian. On the basis of this test, the students are placed in an appropriate course. Successful completion of RUS107 or immediate assignment to a higher course satisfies the A.B. foreign language requirement.


A minimum of eight departmental courses is required. Four upper-level (200 and above) courses must be within the department, two of which must be from the core survey courses (SLA 219, 220, 221); the other four courses may be from cognate areas depending on the student's particular interests. For example, if the major field of concentration is 19th-century prose, the program might include courses from French or German literature. Students with a strong interest in Russian and Soviet studies might take area courses in the Program in Russian and Eurasian Studies such as Russian history, politics, anthropology, or sociology. These are only suggestions. The program is flexible and strives to satisfy as wide a range of interests as possible.


Pre-requisites: RUS 101, 102 + RUS 105, 107 (RUS 105R, 107R) – or placement equivalent


Required: RUS 207


Required (one additional upper-level language course): RUS 208, 405, 406, 407, 408 or one of the upper-level literature courses taught in Russian SLA 308, 312, 413


Required (two of three survey courses): SLA 219, 220, 221


Courses must be taken for letter-grade credit to qualify for credit in the concentration. The only exceptions would be for those courses which offer only a PDF option (usually cross listed courses with Theater). These exceptions require approval from the departmental representative.


Departmental concentrators who are considering pursuing graduate studies in Slavic are reminded that most graduate schools require a reading knowledge of a second modern foreign language (usually French or German) and a second Slavic language (we offer Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Czech, and Polish). Students who are interested in taking these other Slavic languages should let the Departmental Representative know as soon as possible, as they are often offered only when students request them.


First two weeks of Fall semester: majors meet with Departmental Representative

First four weeks of Fall semester: majors meet with JP or thesis adviser

January 9:   English JP due

January 17:  Partial draft of Senior Thesis due

April 16: Seniors submit to the Departmental Representative list of literary works for Departmental Examination

April 23: Draft of Russian JP due

April 27: Senior Thesis due

May 2: Certificate Papers due

May 8: Revised Russian JP due

May 16 and May 17: Senior Departmental Exam