Why Study Bosnian, Croatian, Montenegrin, Serbian (BCMS) with the KU Slavic Department?

Languages in the Slavic Department


Bosnian, Croatian, Montenegrin, Serbian (BCMS) at KU

Bosnian, Croatian, Montenegrin, Serbian (BCMS)—formerly known as Serbo-Croatian—are taught together at KU. Although  they have all become official languages of their independent states, they remain understandable among each other. If you learn one of them, you can communicate with nearly 20 million people in four countries of the western Balkans—the Republics of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, and Serbia. A large number of speakers of these languages also live in diaspora in the U.S., with large communities in Chicago, Pittsburgh, Detroit, or St. Louis. Kansas City is also home to a sizeable diaspora, particularly of Croats, with its historic center on Strawberry Hill.

It is a well-kept secret that some of the world's most beautiful beaches are to be found in Croatia and Montenegro. The hinterland fascinates visitors with the confluence of Byzantine, Roman, and Muslim civilizations. Lovers of art, music, archaeology, architecture, film, history, folklore,  sports, or good food will find the countries of the former Yugoslavia filled with unique treasures. Although some may still think of war when they think of the former Yugoslavia, the Bosnians, Croats, Montenegrins, and Serbs are in fact passionate and easygoing southern Europeans, with a good sense of humor and a penchant for living life fully.

Career opportunities connected with BCMS are numerous and so far demand for employees with knowledge of the language(s) has greatly exceeded supply. Possible career paths with this language include commerce, academia, intelligence, security, tourism, NGOs, journalism, diplomacy, and foreign service.

BCMS at KU

KU is the only place in the U.S. between the West Coast and the Mississippi River where one can study Bosnian, Croatian, Montenegrin, and Serbian from the beginning to the advanced levels. We offer a wide range of language and content courses to accommodate students with a variety of interests and needs. Students who complete a regular two-year language sequence satisfy their language requirement. If they continue their study, they can minor, major, or earn an MA in South Slavic languages and cultures. For those who just want to learn basics of the language, there is a beginning online course, while heritage speakers and students who want to develop specialized language skills for research or professional use often work with instructors individually. Moreover, KU offers the only summer study-abroad program in North America for intensive study of Croatian, located in the beautiful city of Zadar on the Adriatic Sea.

The first thing any student must do is to study the catalog well, especially those pages concerning general education requirements for the B.A. degree, and those dealing with Departmental requirements, in the most current University of Kansas Undergraduate Catalog. Note, however, that regulations sometimes change even after the catalog has gone to print, so please check with the Undergraduate Advisor about current regulations.


Courses Offered

BCRS 104 Elementary Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian I
Beginning language course. Development of basic communicative and cultural competencies with interactive approach. Students acquire communicative skills for elementary personal and social needs. They are introduced to the basic Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian language rules and to the cultural context in which Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian discourse occurs. Through regular engagement with authentic multimedia materials they learn to recognize differing aspects of Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian and American life, culture, and values. LEC.
Fall 2019
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Pirnat-Greenberg, Marta
MTuWThF 10:00-10:50 AM WES 1046 - LAWRENCE
5 11020
BCRS 105 Elementary Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian I, Honors
Similar to BCRS 104 but with additional work aimed at accelerating the student's progress to proficiency and widening understanding of cultural context. Prerequisite: Open only to students admitted to the University Honors Program, or by permission of instructor. LEC.
Fall 2019
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Pirnat-Greenberg, Marta
MTuWThF 10:00-10:50 AM WES 1046 - LAWRENCE
5 14052
BCRS 108 Elementary Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian II
Second-semester language course, continuation of BCRS 104. Further development of basic communicative and cultural competencies with interactive approach. Students continue the acquisition of communicative skills for elementary personal and social needs and their introduction to the basic Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian language rules and cultural context in which Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian discourse occurs. Through regular engagement with authentic multimedia materials they learn to recognize differing aspects of Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian and American life, culture, and values. Prerequisite: BCRS 104 or BCRS 105, or placement by examination. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2019 semester.

BCRS 109 Elementary Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian II, Honors
Continues BCRS 105. Similar to BCRS 108 but with additional work aimed at accelerating the student's progress to proficiency and widening understanding of cultural context. Prerequisite: BCRS 104 or 105. Open only to students admitted to the University Honors Program, or by permission of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2019 semester.

BCRS 150 Beginning Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian I
Fundamentals of B/C/S grammar, reading, speaking, and writing. Introduction to the cultural context in which B/C/S discourse occurs. Online course, designed to accommodate the needs of students regardless of age, educational background, or occupation who want to acquire some basic communicative skills in B/C/S. No previous knowledge of BCS or other foreign languages required. The course does not satisfy the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences foreign language requirement. Not open to students with credit in BCRS 104 or BCRS 105. LEC.
Fall 2019
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Pirnat-Greenberg, Marta
APPT- ONLNE KULC - LAWRENCE
3 24725
BCRS 150: Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian - Beginning Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian I *

Fundamentals of B/C/S grammar, reading, speaking, and writing. Introduction to the cultural context in which B/C/S discourse occurs. Online course, designed to accommodate the needs of students regardless of age, educational background, or occupation who want to acquire some basic communicative skills in B/C/S. No previous knowledge of BCS or other foreign languages required. The course does not satisfy the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences foreign language requirement. Not open to students with credit in BCRS 104 or BCRS 105. 

*The class is not offered for the Spring 2019 semester

 

BCRS 204 Intermediate Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian I
Second-year language course. Further development of communicative and cultural competencies with a content-based, interactive approach. Students develop the ability to understand and produce short written and spoken texts in BCS through engagement with a variety of authentic materials representative of cultural diversity of the studied area. They contrast and compare features of individual BCS-speaking countries and their cultures as well as differing aspects of B/C/S and American life, culture, and values. Prerequisite: BCRS 108 or permission of the instructor. LEC.
Fall 2019
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Pirnat-Greenberg, Marta
MWF 01:00-01:50 PM WES 4038 - LAWRENCE
3 11021
BCRS 205 Intermediate Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian I, Honors
Similar to BCRS 204 but with additional work aimed at accelerating the student's progress to proficiency and widening understanding of cultural context. Prerequisite: Open only to students who have received an A in BCRS 108 or an A or B in BCRS 109, and who are admitted to the University Honors Program, or by permission of instructor. LEC.
Fall 2019
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Pirnat-Greenberg, Marta
MWF 01:00-01:50 PM WES 4038 - LAWRENCE
3 14445
BCRS 208 Intermediate Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian II
A continuation of BCRS 204. Prerequisite: BCRS 204. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2019 semester.

BCRS 209 Intermediate Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian II, Honors
Similar to BCRS 208 but with additional work aimed at accelerating the student's progress to proficiency and widening understanding of cultural context. Prerequisite: BCRS 204 or 205. Open only to students admitted to the University Honors Program, or by permission of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2019 semester.

BCRS 380 Intensive Croatian
This program consists of a six-week intensive language course in intermediate and advanced Croatian phonetics, conversation, and grammar, and is offered each summer in Croatia. In addition to the practical language work, there is a program of lectures on modern Croatian history, literature, and other cultural topics. Various excursions and tours bring the students into first-hand contact with the people, natural beauty and culture of Croatia. This program is a cooperative effort between the University of Kansas and faculty of the University of Zadar. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2019 semester.

BCRS 504 Advanced Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian I
A practical Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian course involving the advanced study of the grammar, reading of texts on a variety of subjects, conversation and composition. Taught in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian. Designed for students who have had two or more years of Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian language. Prerequisite: BCRS 208, or equivalent. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2019 semester.

BCRS 508 Advanced Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian II
A practical Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian course involving the advanced study of the grammar, reading of texts on a variety of subjects, conversation and composition. Taught in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian. Designed for students who have had two and one-half or or more years of Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian language. Prerequisite: BCRS 504, or equivalent. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2019 semester.

BCRS 675 Readings in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian
Individually tailored readings and independent work in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian language and culture. Prerequisite: Two years of Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, and consent of instructor. IND.
Fall 2019
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Pirnat-Greenberg, Marta
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 11022

SLAV 316 The Peoples and Cultures of Southeastern Europe Through Film
This course presents an introduction to the study of the culture of the South Slavs and other peoples of Southeastern Europe, combining background modules in geography, linguistic culture, history, folklore and contemporary cultural criticism with critical viewings of artistic films. The course serves as an introduction to humanistic inquiry about the peoples and cultures of Southeastern Europe. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2019 semester.

SLAV 317 The Peoples and Cultures of Southeastern Europe Through Film, Honors
This course is similar in content to SLAV 316, but with an additional honors project. Prerequisite: Eligibility for or admission to the university Honors Program. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2019 semester.

SLAV 340 Introduction to the Languages and Peoples of Russia and East-Central Europe
An overview of the languages and peoples of Russia and East-Central Europe, including the Slavic and Baltic languages, Romanian, and Albanian. Topics addressed include language prehistory, writing systems, and the relationship between language and national identity. Emphasis on language issues as a background to current events in order to impart an appreciation of the area, its uniqueness and complexity. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2019 semester.

SLAV 341 Introduction to the Languages and Peoples of Russia and East-Central Europe, Honors
An overview of the languages and peoples of Russia and East-Central Europe, including the Slavic and Baltic languages, Romanian, and Albanian. Topics addressed include language prehistory, writing systems, and the relationship between language and national identity. Emphasis on language issues as a background to current events in order to impart an appreciation of the area, its uniqueness and complexity. Prerequisite: Membership in the College Honors Program or consent of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2019 semester.

SLAV 508 South Slavic Literature and Civilization
An introductory survey of the literature and culture of the South Slavic peoples: the Slovenes, Croats, Bosniacs, Serbs, Montenegrins, Macedonians and Bulgarians. No language required. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2019 semester.

SLAV 626 The Cultural Impact of Ottoman Empire on the South Slavs
An examination of the cultural development of the South Slavs in the context of the Ottoman invasions and subsequent rule (14th-19th century), focusing on the frontier aspects of the Balkans, military culture, religion, economics and banditry, as well as other aspects of material and folk culture. No language requirement. Prerequisite: SLAV 316 or SLAV 508; or consent of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2019 semester.

SLAV 679 Topics in: _____
Intensive study of a selected topic from Slavic languages, literatures, linguistics, or pedagogy. IND.
Fall 2019
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Shchur, Oleksandra
Husieva, Oksana
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 25234
IND Vassileva-Karagyozova, Svetlana
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 25082
IND Akin, Ertugrul
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 19874
IND Shchur, Oleksandra
W 04:30-06:00 PM WES 2106 - LAWRENCE
3 24557
IND Dickey, Stephen
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 29968
IND Chernetsky, Vitaly
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 29967
IND Kokobobo, Ani
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 29969

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