The Department features two ongoing discussion groups, the Slavic Linguistics Forum and the Slavic Literature and Culture Forum. The primary goal of these groups is to enhance the intellectual environment outside of the classroom and support the graduate students in their professional goals, although undergraduates are always welcome to participate and get a glimpse of current research and discussions in Slavic Studies. Both the Slavic Linguistics Forum and the Slavic Literature and Culture Forum are graduate-student run and organized as official OSU student clubs via the Office of Student Life at the Ohio Union.
In addition to the Department’s internationally recognized faculty, our students have the opportunity to work with faculty members in such disciplines as Anthropology, Comparative Literature, Education, History, Medieval Studies, Music, Art History, Linguistics, Language Acquisition, Methodology of Language Teaching, and Religious Studies. Departments affiliated with the Ohio State University’s Center for Slavic and East European Studies, one of a few Title VI-funded centers in the U.S., teach nearly 300 related courses and the Center awards Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowships every year. Besides language courses offered by the Department (Albanian, Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Czech, Old Church Slavonic, Polish, Romanian, and Russian), graduate students can select other languages relevant for their individual research interests, including French, German, Greek, Italian, Latin, Sanskrit, Spanish, Turkish, Yiddish.
The University Libraries have one of the largest collections of Slavic and East European materials in the U.S. The Hilandar Research Library offers unique access to more than a million folia of medieval and early modern Slavic manuscripts, including resources from more than 100 archives. The Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies promotes research in the field through stipends, workshops, and conferences. The Theatre Research Institute includes an important collection of materials on modern Czech theatre. Students in the Department have the opportunity to attend frequent guest lectures and to participate in events such as the Midwest Slavic Conference sponsored by the Center for Slavic and East European Studies. Graduate students are encouraged to go to regional, national, and international conferences, for which they can receive financial support from the Department and from other units at the University.