Undergraduate Courses

Click here for a current list of courses - Choose from SLA (Slavic), PLS (Polish), BCS (Bosnian Serbian Croatian), CZE (Czech), UKR (Ukrainian) and RUS (Russian).

BCS 105 Intermediate Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian I Intermediate-level class with emphasis on communication and comprehension skills. Advanced grammar topics, speaking, and reading texts of interest to students; films. M. Beissinger

CZE 101 Beginning Czech I The first in a four-semester Czech language sequence, this course is a unique opportunity to discover Czech history, literature, film, and art through the Czech language itself, with special emphasis on the beautiful and fascinating capital of the Czech Republic, Prague. Using new materials designed specifically for this course, we'll take a thorough look at Czech grammar while exploring various historical sites in Prague- as well as the facts and legends associated with them. M. Pettus

PLS 101 Beginning Polish I  The first in a four-semester Polish language sequence, this course will provide a thorough introduction to this challenging language, while introducing students to the fascinating history and culture of Poland- with special emphasis on its rich literary tradition. Beginning with the basics of Polish grammar, we will build to the point where we can begin appreciating Polish poetry, prose, and songs in the original. M. Pettus

RUS 101 Beginner's Russian I After learning the Russian alphabet and handwriting in just a few days, we'll continue with daily lessons using original materials - each day covering a basic aspect of Russian grammar and building incrementally. Special emphasis will be placed on learning to express your own feelings and ideas in natural, idiomatic Russian, preparing you to engage with Russian speakers and real Russian texts, and delving into Russian culture, history, music, and literature as we go, learning the language in its own unique and incredibly rich cultural context. The year will end with a sampling of Soviet prose and poetry in the original. M. Pettus

RUS 103 Russian for Heritage Speakers  This course is intended for students with a Russian-speaking family background who seek to acquire or improve their Russian language skills, as well as to learn more about Russian/Soviet culture and history. All linguistic concepts will be taught through authentic materials, including literary texts, films, and the current Russian Internet sites. By the end of the course, students will be able to analyze and construct texts of various genres and participate actively in most informal and some formal exchanges on a broad variety of cultural topics. Students who complete this course in combination with RUS 108 satisfy the Language Requirement. S. Korshunova

RUS 105 Intermediate Russian I The course undertakes a thorough review of grammar and aims to develop oral and written language skills. The reading module opens with 20th century children's poems and short stories, which will help students to expand everyday vocabulary and to practice conversation. Later in the semester, we will read and discuss literary texts by Pushkin, Turgenev, and Chekhov. Through these works the students will familiarize themselves with Russian customs, traditions, and beliefs. Readings and discussions are in Russian. K. Blank

RUS 207 Advanced Russian Reading and Conversation I  An expansion of skills in Russian grammar, reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension. Work with three films made after the collapse of the Soviet Union, which have won many national and international awards. The class discussion will center around a broad spectrum of cultural, social, historical, and literary topics. K. Blank

SLA 213 Putin's Russia Before and After the War in Ukraine  Vladimir Putin has confounded world leaders and defied their assumptions as they tried to figure him out, only to misjudge him time and again. In 2022, against all predictions the authoritarian leader started Europe's bloodiest war since WWII. While looking at Putin's rise to power (and his impending fall), we will also seek during this course to go beneath politics and policy to look at how human beings experience state power within the cultural phenomena including visual arts, literature, cinema, TV, Internet, popular music, and photography. Y. Leving

SLA 219 Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky: Introduction to the Great Russian Novel This is an introductory course, conducted entirely in English, on the classics of nineteenth-century Russian literature. No previous knowledge of Russian language, literature, culture, or history is expected. The focus of the course is on close readings of individual works. At the same time, we will pay close attention to the way a distinctively Russian national tradition takes shape, in which writers consciously respond to their predecessors. All of these works have a firm position in the Russian cultural memory, and they have significantly contributed to Russian national identity. M. Wachtel

SLA 305 Russian Humor  In this course, envisioned as both a language and literature course, we will explore Anton Chekhov's humor, Mikhail Zoshchenko's satire, and Fazil Iskander's irony, which will give us a glimpse into daily life in 19th century Russia and Soviet Union. The entire course will be conducted in Russian. Special emphasis will be placed on active use of language and expansion of vocabulary. K. Blank

SLA 401 Junior Methods Seminar This Junior Seminar prepares students to undertake independent research in the field of Slavic languages and literatures. By encountering a variety of methodologies and approaches to texts and cultural phenomena, participants develop the tools and experience to examine and pursue a topic or research question of their choosing in the Junior Independent Work and beyond. Over the course of the semester students also get acquainted with library resources and citation styles. E. Fratto

UKR 101 Beginner's Ukrainian I  This is an introductory course aimed at students with no previous background in Ukrainian. During the course, students acquire effective communication skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing, and develop a deeper appreciation and knowledge of Ukrainian customs and traditions. To enhance cultural awareness, students are presented with authentic audio-visual materials, literary texts, and art objects. Upon completion, students will have the ability to read concise, original Ukrainian texts and speak about basic topics such as school, family life, and travel. A. Cohle


For more information: https://ua.princeton.edu/academic-units/department-slavic-languages-and-literatures