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Cultures and Literatures of East Europe


This program has been designed specifically for students who have either become interested in Slavic Studies later in their academic careers and are thus unable to complete a language requirement; or are in a demanding concentration program that does not include flexibility to take on an extensive course of language study but are interested in the literatures and cultures of Eastern Europe. A student completing this minor will have acquired detailed knowledge in at least one area of the Department's specializations, while also having been exposed to the diversity of cultures found between the Danube and the Pacific Ocean.

Minor Requirement

Program Requirements:

Prerequisites to the Academic Minor: None. No knowledge of the languages of Eastern Europe is required.

Academic Minor Program: At least 15 credits elected in the following courses in Eastern European Literatures and cultures, of which only one course may be below the 300-level. Students may take as many courses as they like in one of the two groups, but must elect a minimum of 6 credits in the other group.

Group A:

  • Polish 214, 215, 314, 325, 326
  • Czech 315, 484
  • BCS 436
  • Slavic 225, 240, 270, 312, 470, 481, 488, 490
  • UKR 470

Group B:

  • Slavic 313, 315, 316
  • Russian 231, 322, 346, 347, 348, 356, 358, 361, 444, 450, 453, 454, 460, 462, 463, 464, 466, 467, 468, 469, 473, 474

Typical Courses Offered

BCS 350 - Legacy of the Holocaust in Yugoslav Culture: How and Why We Need to Narrate the Holocaust
BCS 436 – Modern BCS Literature; topics vary by semester/check course guide for topics


CZECH 315 - The Czech New Wave and Its Legacy
CZECH 484 – Modern Czech Lit


POLISH 214 – Rock Poetry and Political Protest in Poland
POLISH 215 – Heart of Europe: Poland Today
POLISH 314 - Polish Cinema - Typically offered in Winter
POLISH 325 – Polish Literature in English to 1890
POLISH 326/526 – Polish Literature in English: 1890 to Present - Typically offered in Winter, every other year


RUSSIAN 322- Russia Today: Culture & Identity in a “Multi-national” State - Typically offered in Fall/Spring
RUSSIAN 347- Survey of Russian Literature - Typically offered in Fall
RUSSIAN 361- Russian Modernism: Decadence, Symbolism, and the Avant-garde in Russia
RUSSIAN 357 - Russian Drama in Context: From the Enlightenment to Post-Modernism
RUSSIAN 348 - Survey of Russian Literature  - Typically offered in Winter
RUSSIAN 435 - Cultural History of Russian Jews through Literature and the Arts
RUSSIAN 474 - Late 20th-Century Russian Literature
RUSSIAN 461 - Pushkin
RUSSIAN 463 – Chekhov
RUSSIAN 479 - Vladimir Nabokov and World Literature II: The American Years
RUSSIAN 499 – Advanced Seminar, Russian


SLAVIC 225 – Art & Culture: Central Europe
SLAVIC 270 – Jewish Experience in Eastern Europe through Art, Film and Literature
SLAVIC 290 (1 credit minicourse) – Studies in E. European Culture
SLAVIC 312 – Central European Cinema
SLAVIC 313 – Russian/Ukrainian Film
SLAVIC 316 – RUSLAN Service Learning
SLAVIC 395 – Survey of Russia: The Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, and the Successor States
SLAVIC 396 – Survey of Central and Eastern Europe and the Enlarged European Union
SLAVIC 470 – Culture of Eastern Europe; topics vary by semester/check course guide for topics
SLAVIC 471 – Seminar in Cultural Studies; topics vary by semester/check course guide for topics
SLAVIC 490 (1 credit minicourse) – Cultures of E. Europe; topics vary by semester/check course guide for topics
UKR 470 - Cultures of Ukraine