Slavic Languages and Literatures

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures provides a broad array of courses in the languages, literatures, and cultures of Russia, Ukraine, Poland, and the Czech Republic. For a secondary field, we offer two options: Central European Studies or Russian Studies. Both require students to take 5 related courses, and offer ample scope for interdisciplinary and comparative work. We offer students the chance to work closely with Slavic faculty in order to develop a program of study suited to their own interests, rather than just an accumulation of five loosely related courses. For this reason, we ask that interested students notify the Director of Undergraduate Studies as soon as possible, so that we can begin to work with you to plan your program.

REQUIREMENTS: 5 courses (20 credits)

Central European Studies

  1. At least three courses in Central European literature and culture (broadly speaking, Czech, Polish, Ukrainian, or South Slavic) in the Slavic department.
  2. Up to two thematically relevant courses offered by departments such as History, German, Government, Literature, Jewish Studies/NELC, Social Studies, and VES may be counted with the approval of the Slavic director of undergraduate studies.
  3. One language course in Czech, Polish, Ukrainian, or Bosnian-Serbian-Croatian may be counted instead of one of the courses in item 2.

Russian Studies

  1. At least three courses in Russian literature and culture from the Slavic department, including at least one survey course in Russian literature.
  2. Up to two thematically relevant courses offered by departments such as History, German, Government, Literature, Jewish Studies/NELC, Social Studies, and VES may be counted with the approval of the Slavic director of undergraduate studies.
  3. One language course in Russian may be counted instead of one of the courses in item 2.

OTHER INFORMATION

All courses (except for Freshman Seminars) must be letter graded. Slavic-related Gen Ed courses and Freshman Seminars are permitted. Any number of relevant Gen Ed courses and one Freshman Seminar may be counted. Students may use Harvard-approved study abroad credit to count for up to two courses toward the secondary field; they should consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies before going abroad to make sure their proposed courses will be eligible for their secondary field program. Students are required to take a minimum of two 100-level courses.

ADVISING RESOURCES AND EXPECTATIONS

All students interested in pursuing a secondary field from the Slavic department should contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Daria Khitrova (617-495-5808, dkhitrova@fas.harvard.edu), as soon as possible to discuss their program of study. He will serve as the primary adviser for students in the secondary field, although they will also be welcome to consult with other Slavic faculty, and the expectation will be that students will monitor their own progress towards fulfillment of the requirements.