In the Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures, we educate students about the great variety and depth of Slavic and East European cultures. While Russian language is always a popular choice of students, we offer six other languages at the undergraduate level, including Romanian, Polish, and Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian. Students can also choose from among a wide variety of literature, film, culture, and linguistics classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. So whether you are looking to study the masters of 19th century Russian literature or Slavic vampire lore, representations of minorities in Slavic film or the history of the Russian language, the Department offers a class that will make you think in new ways about this important area of the world.
For descriptions of all courses offered by the department, click on the links on the right. (Note: For course information under the old quarter system, scroll to the bottom of this page.) Most undergraduate classes can be used to fulfill General Education (GE) requirements. For a list of courses that meet specific requirements, click the General Education Courses link on the right.
Language, Culture, and So Much More!
Our undergraduate classes are typically small by design, offering students of all backgrounds a more engaging experience, and preparing them to be informed citizens of a world that increasingly requires understanding of other languages and cultures.
Are you an undergrad who is thinking about majoring or minoring in Russian or Slavic? Our graduates find that their language skills and cultural knowledge have direct relevance to today's job market, and they have found meaningful positions in such fields as business, government, law, education and journalism. Check out the requirements for majoring or minoring.
Our graduate classes prepare students for careers as specialists in the areas of Slavic and East European languages, linguistics, literatures, and cultures. Courses are designed to meet the needs of students in the M.A. and Ph.D. programs, but graduate students from other departments, including the Slavic Center, Linguistics, and Comparative Studies, also often find that courses in our department complement and enrich their programs of study. We welcome graduate students from across the university with appropriate academic backgrounds.
Outside the Classroom
In addition to regular coursework, undergraduate and graduate students have the opportunity to pursue self-paced language study, internships (with our faculty or outside organizations), study abroad programs, special projects, and thesis research... all for course credit. For more information about these opportunities, contact the Undergraduate Studies Chair, or talk to your advisor.
We also encourage students to get involved with extracurricular activities, including language tables, films, and kapustnik (our end-of-semester talent show). Some undergraduate classes offer extra credit for participation (ask your instructor for details). You do not need to be a major or minor to participate -- most events are open to everyone! Events Calendar.
Courses for Non-OSU Students
Students of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to take courses in the Department. Our most popular courses for continuing education students are those that teach basic language skills.
For a list of our current courses, please check out our Courses page or contact the Department.
Information for interested students over 60 years of age can be found at the Program 60 website of OSU Continuing Education.
All other students should go through the Office of Continuing Education.
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