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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.


One of the benefits of studying Slavic languages, literatures, and cultures is visiting many awesome places. The Huffington Post came up with the list of Europe's 12 best Christmas markets, which include Wrocław (pictured), Bratislava, and Tallinn (the latter admittedly non-Slavic, but still East European): http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/14/best-christmas-markets-europe-_n_6250532.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063
The 12 European Christmas Markets We Love To Love Every Year
Every year our little faces light up when we start seeing Christmas markets pop up across Europe. We just love them, we really do. There are the regular haunts we know and love (see below), such as 440-year-old market in Strasbourg, France or the ...

Show us your crimson and blue holiday decorations for a chance to be featured next week!
Curiosity sparks KU paleontologist Chris Beard’s quest for man’s ancient cousins When he’s not scrutinizing ancient primate fossils in his KU lab, world-renowned paleontologist Chris Beard (http://bit.ly/1w3TQSj) is out stalking human evolutionary ancestors in remote corners of Libya, Turkey, China, Myanmar, Kazakhstan, Cambodia, Egypt, Tunisia, or Kenya. Beard, who came to KU as a Foundation Distinguished Professor, has a passion for being out in the middle of nowhere and making a discovery — “There’s nothing better than that. It’s fabulous.”


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