Welcome to Slavic Studies! Our department is known for its innovative course offerings, close mentoring relationships between students and faculty, active co-curricular programming, frequent engagement with community partners, and excursions to nearby cities and sites abroad. We take pride in our faculty’s reputation for excellence in teaching, and we are especially proud of our outstanding, accomplished students.

The Slavic Studies curriculum encompasses a broad, cross-cutting examination of Slavic cultures and the historical relations between them. Anchored in a rigorous Russian language program, our curriculum is designed to bring students to advanced-level proficiency in Russian over four years. Many students also study Polish, Bulgarian, or Croatian through the College’s Structured Independent Language Study (SILS) program, which builds on faculty expertise, technology resources, and institutional partnerships with universities abroad. We are one of the only liberal arts programs to offer a holistic Slavic course of study.

Students play an active role in shaping the department, our courses, and co-curricular activities. Courses are designed to address the needs and interests of current majors. Our Russian Language Fellows organize such events as Slavic Dinner and International Poetry Night, while upperclass students serve as Russian tutors for weekly drop-in study sessions and one-on-one tutoring. Students and faculty cook together for campus-wide events that showcase our passion for the cultures and cuisines of the Slavic world.