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The department offers a full array of language, culture, literature, and linguistics courses for students interested in Russian, Polish, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Ukrainian and Turkish.  We also occasionally offers courses and independent study in Slovene, Czech, Yiddish and other East European languages and literatures.   In addition to BA degree programs and select study abroad programs, the department offers graduate training at the Masters and Doctoral levels in Slavic linguistics and literary study.  Prospective graduate students should take a look at this page that summarizes our department's strengths.

If you are just starting at KU and wondering if you should take a course in the Slavic department or if you are wondering where a degree in Russian and East European languages might take your life, visit our success stories page to see how students from previous years are using their skills in the real world.  The department provides an uncommonly supportive and congenial atmosphere for students at all levels to pursue programs of study that fit their individual needs.

The department, by itself and in conjunction with the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREES), offers an array of Slavic-related events throughout the year, including visiting distinguished lecturers, exhibits, and musical and theatrical performances.


Fascinating maps of languages spoken in Poland over the course of the 20th c.
Languages of interwar Poland
Back in the interwar period, Poland was one of the most ethnically diverse countries in Europe. Minorities made up 31% of population. Ukrainians, Belarussians and Ruthenians were concentrated mostly...

#RockChalk to Dana Adkins-Heljeson of @KSgeology , recipient of the Outstanding Support Staff Recognition Award. http://t.co/PbwFlzZD8W
Explore KU: The Bells of Mount Oread KU’s Campanile, a 120-foot-tall timepiece that tolls automatically on the hour and quarter-hour, not only sounded in the 2015 New Year at midnight with 12 mighty gongs, but also regularly rings up memories for many Jayhawks – the 277 faculty and students who gave their lives during World War II, the graduates who walk through its doors at commencement, and aspiring students who have strolled through the Lawrence campus. (See http://bit.ly/1xjjwJj). For nearly 60 years, KU’s 53-bell carillon has been tolling the sounds of peace and serenity across Mount Oread since it was installed in June 1955 inside the landmark World War II Memorial Campanile, which was dedicated in 1951. (See http://bit.ly/1BoL9jv) The carillon is also a four-octave musical instrument, which is played with a giant keyboard and foot pedals. University Carillonneur Elizabeth Egber-Berghout (http://bit.ly/14fiBPl), associate professor of carillon and organ, climbs 77 steps up a spiral staircase in the bell tower to perform recitals several times a month.


KU’s Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies program is one of only 12 federally-funded national resource centers in the US
Only doctoral program in Slavic Languages and Literatures between the Mississippi and the West Coast
100% of graduate students in the Slavic program had funding in academic year 2012-13
KU's Libraries house over 500,000 volumes of Slavic books and electronic editions
Two of the department’s last four doctoral candidates have won a Fulbright grants to conduct dissertation research abroad