Slavic Languages and Literatures

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures provides a broad array of courses in the languages, literatures, and cultures of Russia, Ukraine, Poland, and the Czech Republic. For a secondary field, we offer two options: Central European Studies or Russian Studies. Both require students to take 5 related courses, and offer ample scope for interdisciplinary and comparative work. We offer students the chance to work closely with Slavic faculty in order to develop a program of study suited to their own interests, rather than just an accumulation of five loosely related courses.

Central European Studies

Requirements: 5 half-courses

  1. At least three half-courses in Central European literature and culture (broadly speaking, Czech, Polish, Ukrainian, or South Slavic) in the Slavic department.

  2. Up to two thematically relevant courses offered by departments such as History, German, Government, Literature, Jewish Studies/NELC, Social Studies, and VES may be counted with the approval of the Slavic director of undergraduate studies.

  3. One language course in Czech, Polish, Ukrainian, or Bosnian-Serbian-Croatian may be counted.

Russian Studies

Requirements: 5 half-courses

  1. At least three half-courses in Russian literature and culture from the Slavic department, including at least one survey course in Russian literature.

  2. Up to two thematically relevant courses offered by departments such as History, German, Government, Literature, Jewish Studies/NELC, Social Studies, and VES may be counted with the approval of the Slavic director of undergraduate studies.

  3. One language course in Russian may be counted.

Other Information

All courses (except for Freshman Seminars) must be letter graded. Slavic-related Core or Gen Ed courses and Freshman Seminars are permitted. Any number of relevant Core or Gen Ed courses and one Freshman Seminar may be counted. Students may use Harvard-approved study abroad credit to count for up to two courses toward the secondary field. Students are required to take a minimum of two 100-level courses.

Advising Resources and Expectations

All students interested in pursuing a secondary field from the Slavic department should contact the director of undergraduate studies, Professor Joanna Nizynska (617-495-5808, nizynska@fas.harvard.edu), to discuss their program of study. Students should meet with the director of undergraduate studies as soon as possible once they have decided to take a secondary field in Slavic. She will be responsible for advising students, who will also be welcome to consult with other Slavic faculty, although the expectation will be that students will monitor their own progress towards fulfillment of the requirements.