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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.


Mark your calendars and come to hear Marzena Sowa's fascinating story about growing up in communist Poland.
Communism through the eyes of a child. An evening w/ Polish graphic novelist Marzena Sowa & French cartoonist Sylvain Savoia
Meet Polish graphic novelist Marzena Sowa & French illustrator and cartoonist Sylvain Savoia on Monday, April 13th at 7pm in 318 Bailey. Sowa and Savoia are the authors of the autobiographical comic series "Marzi" depicting Sowa's childhood and adolescence in communist Poland in the 1980s. The English translation came out under the title "Marzi. A Memoir: in 2011 by DC/Vertigo. http://www.amazon.com/Marzi-A-memoir-Marzena-Sowa/dp/140122959X KU Slavic Department Professor Svetlana Vassileva-Karagyozova will introduce the author and illustrator, and lead an informal discussion open to anyone interested in East European history, Communism, graphic novels & illustration. This event is sponsored by: KU Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures, Department of French & Italian, European Studies Program, Center for Global & International Studies and Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies.

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Lauded race and class historian becomes KU Foundation Professor David Roediger’s award-winning research and writing has already transformed how historians view the growth of social freedoms in America though the intersection of race, class, ethnicity, and labor. Now Roediger, as KU’s first Foundation Distinguished Professor of History (http://bit.ly/1AbAqYw), will continue to break new ground in those fields as he leads KU’s departments of American Studies and History. Roediger likes to study historical flash points — where one particular change brings a cascade of wider cultural changes. His latest book, “Seizing Freedom, Slave Emancipation and Liberty for All,” makes the point that as slaves began freeing themselves across the South during the Civil War, their emancipation inspired and ignited other cultural movements for freedom — such as the women’s movement for suffrage and the labor movement for better working conditions and an eight-hour day. Understanding the individual stories of average people who wanted to make their lives better, including slaves or factory workers, is important to understanding the wider political movements and elections, Roediger said. “It's tempting to think that all the important political questions have been decided,” he said, “but actually people are constantly thinking about what freedom would mean for them.”


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