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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). The department encourages students to fulfill general education requirements from courses in the SLAV 140/SLAV 141, SLAV 144/SLAV 145, and SLAV 148/SLAV 149 series. Beyond the minimum 27 hours, 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

Majors choosing this option must complete courses as indicated in following areas:

Prerequisite Knowledge and Skills

The following courses provide fundamental skills for the major, but do not contribute to the minimum required hours for the major.

  • Elementary Polish I. Satisfied by PLSH 104.
  • Elementary Polish II. Satisfied by PLSH 108.
  • Intermediate Polish I. Satisfied by PLSH 204.

Polish Studies Emphasis Core Knowledge and Skills

  • Intermediate Polish II. Satisfied by PLSH 208.
  • Advanced Polish I. Satisfied by PLSH 508.
  • Readings in Polish Language and Literature. Satisfied by PLSH 675.
  • West Slavic Literature and Civilization (Polish and Czech). Satisfied by SLAV 506.
  • Required Electives. Satisfied by 4 courses (12 hours) chosen from the following:

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)

Majors are strongly encouraged to study abroad. Please see your adviser about this opportunity.

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses (above), majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 27 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior (300+) Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior (300+) Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

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Russian Emphasis

Majors choosing this option must complete courses as indicated in following areas:

Prerequisite Knowledge and Skills

The following courses provide fundamental skills for the major, but do not contribute to the minimum required hours for the major.

  • Elementary Russian I. Satisfied by RUSS 104 or RUSS 110
  • Elementary Russian II. Satisfied by RUSS 108 or RUSS 110
  • Intermediate Russian I. Satisfied by RUSS  204

Russian Emphasis Core Knowledge and Skills

  • Intermediate Russian II. Satisfied by RUSS 208
  • Advanced Russian Language. Satisfied by  RUSS 504 & 508 or RUSS 512 & 516
  • Russian Linguistics. Satisfied by one course (3 hours, 200+) chosen from:

SLAV 340 Introduction to the Languages and Peoples of Russia and East-Central Europe

SLAV 341 Introduction to the Languages and Peoples of Russia and East-Central Europe, Honors (3)

SLAV 520 Russian Phonetics, Phonology, and Inflectional Morphology (3)

SLAV 522 Russian Derivational Morphology, Syntax, and Lexicology (3)

SLAV 524 Russian Since the Revolution (3)

SLAV 540 Language and Identity in East-Central Europe and the Former Soviet Union (3)

  • Russian Literature. Satisfied by 1 course (3 hours, 400+) chosen from:

SLAV 510 The Russian Literary Genius (3)
SLAV 530 Introduction to Russian Poetry (3)
SLAV 532 Dostoevsky (3)
SLAV 534 Tolstoy (3)
SLAV 536 Turgenev (3)
SLAV 562 Russian Theatre and Drama from Stanislavski and Chekhov to the Present (3)
SLAV 564 The "Woman Question" in Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature (3)
SLAV 566 The Devil in Russian Literature (3)
SLAV 568 Biblical Themes in Modern Russian Literature (3)
SLAV 612 Introduction to Russian Literature of the Nineteenth Century (3)
SLAV 614 Russian Literature in Translation: _____ (3)
SLAV 616 Introduction to Russian Literature of the Twentieth Century (3)
SLAV 642 Pushkin and Evgenij Onegin (3)
SLAV 650 The Russian Short Story (3)
SLAV 656 Russian Literature of the Eighteenth Century (3)
SLAV 660 Nineteenth Century Russian Prose and Fiction (3)
SLAV 662 Russian Literary Modernism: 1880-1930 (3)
SLAV 664 Soviet Russian Literature: 1930-1990 (3)
SLAV 667 Post-Soviet Literature (3)
SLAV 668 Nabokov (3)

  • Required Electives. Satisfied by 3 courses (9 hours) in Russian literature, linguistics, culture, or advanced language chosen in consultation with the major adviser. Note that only one (1) 100-level course (either SLAV 140/141, SLAV 144/145, or SLAV 148/149) may count as a required elective for the Russian emphasis major.

Language

RUSS 512 Russian for the Professions I (3)

RUSS 516 Russian for the Professions II (3)

RUSS 522 Problems in Translating Russian into English I (3)

RUSS 526 Problems in Translating Russian into English II (3)

RUSS 600 Classics of Russian Culture (3)

RUSS 604 Contemporary Russian Culture (3)

RUSS 608 Russian Phonetics and Grammar (3)

RUSS 612 Introduction to Russian Literature (3)

RUSS 616 Stylistics (3)

Linguistics

SLAV 340 Introduction to the Languages and Peoples of Russia and East-Central Europe

SLAV 341 Introduction to the Languages and Peoples of Russia and East-Central Europe, Honors (3)

SLAV 520 Russian Phonetics, Phonology, and Inflectional Morphology (3)

SLAV 522 Russian Derivational Morphology, Syntax, and Lexicology (3)

SLAV 524 Russian Since the Revolution (3)

SLAV 540 Language and Identity in East-Central Europe and the Former Soviet Union (3)

Culture

SLAV 500 Russia Today (3)

SLAV 502 Introduction to Russian Culture and Society: _____ (3)

SLAV 503 Post-Soviet Communication (3)

SLAV 600 Biography of a City: _____ (3)

SLAV 684 Main Currents of Russian Thought I (3)

SLAV 686 Main Currents of Russian Thought II (3)

Literature

SLAV 510 The Russian Literary Genius (3)

SLAV 530 Introduction to Russian Poetry (3)

SLAV 532 Dostoevsky (3)

SLAV 534 Tolstoy (3)

SLAV 536 Turgenev (3)

SLAV 562 Russian Theatre and Drama from Stanislavski and Chekhov to the Present (3)

SLAV 564 The "Woman Question" in Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature (3)

SLAV 566 The Devil in Russian Literature (3)

SLAV 568 Biblical Themes in Modern Russian Literature (3)

SLAV 612 Introduction to Russian Literature of the Nineteenth Century (3)

SLAV 614 Russian Literature in Translation _____ (3)

SLAV 616 Introduction to Russian Literature of the Twentieth Century (3)

SLAV 642 Pushkin and Evgenij Onegin (3)

SLAV 650 The Russian Short Story (3)

SLAV 656 Russian Literature of the Eighteenth Century (3)

SLAV 660 Nineteenth Century Russian Prose and Fiction (3)

SLAV 662 Russian Literary Modernism: 1880-1930 (3)

SLAV 664 Soviet Russian Literature: 1930-1990 (3)

SLAV 667 Post-Soviet Literature (3)

SLAV 668 Nabokov (3)

Majors are strongly encouraged to study abroad. Please see your adviser about this opportunity.

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses (above), majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 27 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior (300+) Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior(300+) Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

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South Slavic Studies Emphasis

Majors choosing this option must complete courses as indicated in following areas:

Prerequisite Knowledge and Skills

The following courses provide fundamental skills for the major, but do not contribute to the minimum required hours for the major.

  • Elementary Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian I. Satisfied by BCRS 104
  • Elementary Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian II. Satisfied by BCRS 108
  • Intermediate Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian I. Satisfied by BCRS 204

Slavic Studies Emphasis Core Knowledge and Skills

  • Intermediate Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian II. Satisfied by BCRS 208
  • Advanced Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian I. Satisfied by BCRS 504
  • Advanced Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian II. Satisfied by BCRS 508
  • South Slavic Literature and Civilization. Satisfied by SLAV 508
  • Required Electives. Satisfied by 5 courses (15 hours) chosen from the following: 

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 316 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)

Majors are strongly encouraged to study abroad. Please see your adviser about this opportunity.

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses (above), majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 27 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior (300+) Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior (300+) Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

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