The Department of Slavic and Eurasian Languages and Literatures condemns the Russian Government's attack and ongoing war against Ukraine. We condemn the violation of Ukrainian territorial sovereignty by the Russian Federation, and the Russian military’s extensive and repeated violence against civilians. The department has no present financial ties with the Russian government, and we commit to the following:

 Suspend formal cooperation with academic institutions and institutes funded by the Russian government
 Boycott any conferences, workshops, lectures in which standards of academic freedom and factual communication about the war in Ukraine are not honored 
 Cancel cooperation with Russian scholars who openly support the Russian government and its violent war in Ukraine
 Refuse any donations, funding or sponsorship from organizations funded by the Russian government, their proxies and affiliates
 Cease partnerships with Russian publishing houses that receive funding from the Russian government

We are looking forward to revisiting these commitments once the war is concluded, international justice for Ukraine is served, and there is substantial change in Russian foreign policy. In addition, the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Languages & Literatures voices its strong and unequivocal support of academic colleagues in Ukraine, whose life and work have been violently altered by the Russian military offensive against Ukraine. In the coming days, we will do whatever we can to support our Ukrainian colleagues, as well as the Ukrainian international scholarly community - including Ukrainian graduate students in the US - impacted by these horrific events.


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The department offers a full array of language, culture, literature, and linguistics courses for students interested in Russian, PersianPolish, Bosnian/Croatian/Montenegrin/Serbian, Ukrainian and Turkish.  We also occasionally offer 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.

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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