The Department of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Languages and Cultures promotes the study of all of the languages of Eastern Europe and Eurasia and proudly offers courses in seven of those languages (Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Ukrainian). To fully understand and experience a culture, one must study the language of its people. With this in mind, students are able to enroll in courses at almost every level of language proficiency and are encouraged to pursue language study at the most advanced levels.
The department boasts world-renowned faculty who specialize in second language acquisition and heritage language learning. Language learning in the department is an interactive process designed to help students engage with the material, retain the information, and recall and use the language skills they have learned. Every language course offered by the department focuses on four main language skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) with the hope that students become proficient in all of these skills.
Students’ language skills are reinforced through their participation in departmental sponsored events such as Poetry and Music Night and a cultural talent show at which students are encouraged to showcase their language skills.
Students who study Russian are able to seek additional help outside of class from the department’s Russian tutor, Nelya Dubrovich, who has office hours Monday through Thursday from 10am-2pm. The department makes every effort to ensure that all of its language students have the tools they need to be successful in their studies.