Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Languages and Cultures

Scope and Objectives

The Department of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Languages and Cultures offers a wide array of courses in the languages and cultures of Russia and of central and eastern Europe. Instruction is offered in Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian/Croatian, and Ukrainian to provide students with the necessary linguistic skills to pursue advanced work in the literature, culture, history, politics, and social structures of these areas. Students have the choice of several majors and minors and the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills through programs of study abroad.

The department offers two majors in Russian. The Russian Language and Literature major is designed to provide students with basic mastery of the Russian language and familiarity with the classics of Russian literature. Students typically begin to study Russian in their first year, but those contemplating a Russian major later in their academic program can fulfill the Russian language requirement by combining regular coursework with summer programs or with the University of California Education Abroad Program (EAP) in Moscow, which is open to students who have completed the equivalent of one or more years of study (level 1 on the American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages — ACTFL — scale). Students interested in this program should consult with the undergraduate adviser as early as possible.

The major in Russian Studies is designed for students who wish to complement mastery of the language with an array of courses on Russian history, politics, literature, and culture.

The major in Central and East European Languages and Cultures is designed to provide students with a mastery of two languages of central or eastern Europe and familiarity with the literature, as well as general background in the cultural, political, and social history of the Slavic peoples.

The graduate program provides advanced training in Slavic literatures and linguistics leading to the MA and PhD degrees in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Languages and Cultures. The primary task of the department faculty is to develop and refine the critical and analytic skills of its students in preparation for productive careers in college teaching and research in the Slavic field. Alternative careers include language teaching, business, translation, interpreting, librarianship, and government service.