A minor in Slavic language, literature, and culture may be useful and enriching for students in many disciplines, from economics and political science through comparative literature and theatre to engineering and mathematics. The 18- to 20-hour program listed below provides considerable flexibility within a general structure.

In completing the requirements for the minor, students may choose to pursue study of a particular Slavic language and culture, or may combine study of a single language with other courses that treat the region more broadly. For example, a student could specialize in Polish by taking POL 201, 202, 301 for the language and POL 115, POL 245 Survey of Polish Literature, and HIST 467 Eastern Europe for the literature and culture requirements. Please consult the Undergraduate Advisor to choose coursework. 

Hours Requirements

Introduction to Slavic culture. Select from:
POL 115 - Intro to Polish Culture
REES 200 - Intro to Russia and Eurasia
REES 201 - Introduction to Eastern Europe
RUSS 261- Intro to Russian-Jewish Culture
BCS 115 - South Slavic Culture
SLAV 117- Russ & E Euro Science Fiction
SLAV 120- Slavic Folklore
UKR 113 - Ukrainian Culture


Intermediate Slavic Language:
CZCH 201 & 202 – Second-Year Czech, or equivalent; or 
POL 201 & 202 – Second-Year Polish, or equivalent; or 
BCS 201 & 202 – Second-Year Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, or equivalent; or 
UKR 201 & 202 – Second-Year Ukrainian, or equivalent 


Slavic Literature and Culture: Three 200-, 300- or 400-level courses from the list maintained by the undergraduate advisor, including at least one at the 300- or 400-level. Advanced Slavic language (the 301 or 302 level of the language of specialization, or equivalent) can substitute for one course in this requirement. Also, one course at the same level in another department, chosen in consultation with the advisor, that treats the history, culture, and society of the region can count toward this requirement.


Total required hours

6 hours must be advanced (300- or 400-) level courses.