Why study with the KU Slavic Department?
The University of Kansas (KU) is the only university in the state to offer bachelor's and master's, as well as doctoral degrees in Slavic Languages and Literatures. Students interested in studying Russian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Persian, Polish, Ukrainian, Czech, Slovene, Turkish, and Yiddish, can choose courses in language, literature, culture, and linguistics that will prepare students for their career choices.
With seven tenured and tenure-track faculty members, the KU Slavic department has a cozy, friendly atmosphere, yet represents an outstanding concentration of expertise. Our department is internationally recognized for strengths in diverse areas of Slavic literary and cultural studies (including questions of empire, colonialism and postcoloniality, as well as gender and sexuality, as reflected in literature, film, and folklore) and linguistics (historical phonology, verbal categories, sociolinguistics, language contact and pragmatics). Our faculty and graduate students actively cooperate with other departments and units across campus, such as Jewish Studies, Film and Media Studies, Art History, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and numerous others. Our department allows and strongly encourages research across national boundaries and on interdisciplinary projects. The department is also a leader in teaching less-commonly taught Slavic languages.
Slavic faculty are published widely in the U.S. and abroad and serve as editors for three international Slavic scholarly publications. Four Slavic faculty members have been awarded Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
KU Library is home to one of the best and largest Slavic collections in the United States. It is housed in the International Area Studies department in Watson Library, the University's main research library, and provides assistance, instruction and workshops to students and faculty in Slavic studies. The Ermal Garinger Academic Resource Center, in Wescoe Hall, is recognized as one of the best-equipped language resource centers in the U.S., promoting the learning and teaching of languages and cultures through the use of technology and other instructional media.
The KU Slavic department forms a core component of the Center for Russian and East European and Eurasian Studies (CREES). CREES offers degree-granting programs and serves as a resource for K-12 teachers, post-secondary educators, business, media, government, and military. CREES also offers a variety of activities and events throughout the year that enhance students' Slavic learning experience.
The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures offers study abroad programs in Croatia and Ukraine that are open to students from KU and other North American universities who seek college credit. Slavic faculty have also arranged for programs in Bosnia, Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, and Poland. For study abroad options in other countries, students work with KU's Office of Study Abroad to find appropriate programs. Student Initiated Programs are also handled through KU Study Abroad.
The success of graduates from KU's Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures is evidenced by the positions they have held following completion of their studies. Many have gone into academia and now hold tenure and tenured track positions at Baylor, Binghamton, Bowling Green, Brigham Young, Bucknell, Georgetown, Grinnell, Kentucky, Kansas State, Louisiana, Middlebury, Nebraska, Oregon, Washington, West Point, and Wisconsin. Others have gone into Slavic-related careers with the U.S. government, NGOs, and the corporate sector.
Slavic Languages and Literatures is located in Wescoe Hall, on Jayhawk Blvd., near the center of campus, across from Strong Hall, the University's administration building. The main office, located in 2133 Wescoe Hall, is open from 8-12:30 and 1:30-5 on university business days. We invite you to visit us.