Undergraduate education is at the heart of the Department of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Languages and Cultures. The department boasts a vibrant and thriving undergraduate program that offers three majors and four minors all of which provide students with the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of Eastern Europe and Eurasia and valuable language skills. In addition to a variety of literature and culture courses, the department proudly offers courses in seven different languages (Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Ukrainian) – five of which are taught on a regular basis – and encourages advanced study of these critical languages. Under the auspices of the department, students frequently study abroad and gain firsthand experience with the cultures and languages they are studying.
Students are drawn to the department because it offers smaller courses that allow for more student-instructor interactions. Smaller courses also allow students to develop a sense of community with their peers and instructors. Unlike larger departments, the Department of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Languages and Cultures strives to nurture this sense of community by hosting annual events for undergraduate students, such as a departmental holiday party, a Poetry and Music Night, and a cultural talent show.
Undergraduate students who study in the department receive training from world-renowned faculty and develop the research and analytical skills necessary to be successful in today’s job market. Faculty make themselves available to mentor students and advise them on research projects that the students have developed based on their own interests.
Undergraduate academic advising is offered on two levels in the department. Students are encouraged to meet with both the faculty undergraduate advisor and the departmental academic counselor to create a degree plan that ensures that they meet all of their academic goals and graduate on time. Students are also welcome to discuss their career goals with both the faculty undergraduate advisor and the academic counselor so a degree plan can be tailored with those specific goals in mind.