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Bachelor of Arts in Slavic Languages and Literatures

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Requirements for the B.A. Major

The student completes a minimum of 27 hours of study in one of 3 emphases: Polish, Russian, or South Slavic (Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian). Beyond this minimum, students are strongly encouraged to take additional courses in the Slavic department and appropriate background courses in the history, philosophy, and political science of the Slavic regions.

Graduation Plan

With careful planning and commitment to a full-time course load, you can graduate in 4 years. Download a sample 4-year plan for Slavic languages and literatures.

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Polish Studies Emphasis

First- and Second-Year Preparation

Mandatory Premajor Courses

  • PLSH 104 Elementary Polish I (fall) and
    PLSH 108 Elementary Polish II (spring)
    (Students entering KU with previous knowledge of Polish should contact the Slavic department for placement.)
  • PLSH 204 Intermediate Polish I (fall)

Major

Core Requirements 15 hours
  • PLSH 208 Intermediate Polish II (spring) (3)
  • PLSH 504 Advanced Polish I (fall) (3)
  • PLSH 508 Advanced Polish II (spring) (3)
  • PLSH 675 Readings in Polish Language and Literature (3)
  • SLAV 506 West Slavic Literature and Civilization (Polish and Czech) (3)
Electives 12 hours

Choose 4 electives from the list below (maximum of 2 Polish history courses):

  • SLAV 144/SLAV 145 Survey of Russian Literature in Translation (3)
  • SLAV 340/SLAV 341 Introduction to the Languages and Peoples of Russia and East-Central Europe (3)
  • SLAV 504 Introduction to East-Central European Culture and Society: _____ (3)
  • SLAV 514 Totalitarianism and Literature in Central Europe (3)
  • SLAV 516 Film Adaptations of Polish and Czech Literature (3)
  • SLAV 635 Language, Culture, and Ethnicity in Prehistoric Eastern Europe (3)
  • ECON 560 Economic Systems (3)
  • HIST 377 Everyday Communism in Eastern Europe (3)
  • HIST 557 Nationalism and Communism in East Central Europe from 1772 to the Present (3)
  • PHIL 580 Marxism (or other relevant course in philosophy) (3)

Minimum Major Requirements

27 hours

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Russian Emphasis

First- and Second-Year Preparation

Mandatory Premajor Courses

  • RUSS 104 Elementary Russian I (fall) and
    RUSS 108 Elementary Russian II (spring) or
    RUSS 110 Intensive Elementary Russian (summer)
    (Students entering KU with previous knowledge of Russian should contact the Slavic department for placement.)
  • RUSS 204 Intermediate Russian I
    (Prospective majors should take RUSS 204 and RUSS 208; RUSS 212 and RUSS 216 are courses for nonspecialists and for students fulfilling the College foreign language requirement.)

Major

Core Requirements 18 hours
  • RUSS 208 Intermediate Russian II (6)
  • Category 1: Advanced Russian Language. Choose one of the following sequences in consultation with the major adviser: (6)
    RUSS 504 Advanced Russian I and
    RUSS 508 Advanced Russian II or
    RUSS 512 Russian for the Professions I and
    RUSS 516 Russian for the Professions II
  • Category 2: Russian Linguistics (3 hours at the 200 level or higher) (3)
  • Category 3: Russian Literature (3 hours above the 400 level) (3)
Electives 9 hours
  • Courses in Russian literature, linguistics, culture, or advanced language chosen in consultation with the major adviser.

Minimum Major Requirements

27 hours

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South Slavic Studies Emphasis

First- and Second-Year Preparation

Mandatory Premajor Courses

  • BCRS 104 Elementary Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian I (fall) and
    BCRS 108 Elementary Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian II (spring)
    (Students entering KU with previous knowledge of Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian should contact the Slavic department for placement.)
  • BCRS 204 Intermediate Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian I (fall)

Major

Core Requirements 12 hours
  • BCRS 208 Intermediate Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian II (spring) (3)
  • BCRS 504 Advanced Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian I (fall) (3)
  • BCRS 508 Advanced Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian II (spring) (3)
  • SLAV 508 South Slavic Literature and Civilization (3)
Electives 15 hours

Choose 15 hours of electives from the following list:

  • BCRS 380 Intensive Croatian (summer in Croatia) (6)
  • BCRS 675 Readings in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (3)
  • ECON 560 Economic Systems (3)
  • HIST 377 Everyday Communism in Eastern Europe (3)
  • HIST 557 Nationalism and Communism in East Central Europe from 1772
    to the Present (3)
  • PHIL 580 Marxism (or other relevant course in philosophy) (3)
  • SLAV 144/SLAV 145 Survey of Russian Literature in Translation (3)
  • SLAV 148/SLAV 149 Introduction to Slavic Folklore (3)
  • SLAV 316/SLAV 317 The Peoples and Cultures of Southeastern Europe Through Film (3)
  • SLAV 340/SLAV 341 Introduction to the Languages and Peoples of Russia and East-Central Europe (3)
  • SLAV 558 Readings in Slovene (1-6)
  • SLAV 630 Slavic Folklore (3)
  • SLAV 635 Language, Culture, and Ethnicity in Prehistoric Eastern Europe (3)
  • SLAV 679 Topics in: Slavic Culture (2)

Minimum Major Requirements

27 hours

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