Why Study Czech with the KU Slavic Department?

Languages in the Slavic Department

Why Study Czech?

Czech is the language spoken by about 10 million citizens of the Czech Republic and another 2 million or so worldwide. Czech is a Slavic language from the West-Slavic group, which also includes Polish and Slovak. The Midwest and Great Plains regions of the United States is home to many Americans of Czech heritage.

The Czech Republic is located in the heart of Europe, between Germany to the west, Austria to the south, Slovakia to the east, and Poland to the north. Its capital Prague, one of the jewels among European cities, is located on the Vltava River, which flows northward into the Elbe River. Prague is home to one of Europe’s oldest universities, Charles University.

Along with Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and others, the Czech Republic joined the European Union in May, 2004. Czechs are particularly known for their brilliant art, architecture, literature, and theater, which express a strong national identity.

Courses Offered

CZCH 104 Elementary Czech I
First semester. Essentials of grammar, practice in speaking and writing Czech. Simple readings from selected texts. LEC.
Fall 2019
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Saskova-Pierce, Miluse
5 24665
CZCH 108 Elementary Czech II
Second semester. A continuation of CZCH 104. Prerequisite: CZCH 104. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2019 semester.

CZCH 204 Intermediate Czech I
Second-year course in the language with emphasis on reading, composition, and conversation. Prerequisite: CZCH 108. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2019 semester.

CZCH 208 Intermediate Czech II
A continuation of CZCH 204. Prerequisite: CZCH 204. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2019 semester.

CZCH 675 Readings in Czech
Prerequisite: Reading knowledge of Czech language, and consent of instructor. IND.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2019 semester.

SLAV 505 Introduction to Czech Culture
This study-abroad trip offers a survey of Czech art, architecture, literature, theater, and film from the medieval period to the present with emphasis on the late 19th and 20th centuries. Combines 18 hours of lectures on campus and a ten-day trip to Prague. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2019 semester.

2019 Graduation Ceremony


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