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Courses in the KU Slavic Department

The Slavic Department regularly offers instruction in Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Polish, Russian, Turkish, and Ukrainian.  The department offers a large number of courses taught in English about the cultures, literature, and film of these nations. It also offers courses about the linguistic structures of Slavic languages. 

Not all the courses listed here are taught regularly, so students are advised to check the current listing of courses online.  Students who do not find courses currently offered should contact the Department to find out when they will be offered in the future.

Slavic courses discuss broad themes in the literatures and cultures of Russia and Eastern Europe. At the 100-500 level they are generally taught in English. Many courses at that level fulfill the Learning Outcomes of the KU CORE. Many of the courses at the 500 level do not have specific Slavic Department prerequisites, and can be taken by Juniors and Seniors from a variety of departments.

At the 600 level, courses may be taught in English or the target language, and students with the prerequisite reading skills are generally expected to complete the reading assignments in the target language.

The courses listed here provide students with language and cultural study of three closely related languages: Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian. Click on course titles to see more information about the course contents.

The courses listed here provide students with language and cultural study of Czech. Click on course titles to see more information about the course contents. Czech courses are offered on occasion. Contact the Department about availability.

The courses listed here provide students with language and cultural study of Polish. Click on course titles to see more information about the course contents.

The courses listed here provide students with language and cultural study of Russian. Click on course titles to see more information about the course contents.

The typical sequence of courses for a prospective Russian major is: Russ 104, 108, 204 and 208.

The courses listed here provide students with language and cultural study of Slovene. Click on course titles to see more information about the course contents. Slovene courses are offered on occasion. Contact the Department about availability.

The courses listed here provide students with language and cultural study of Turkish. Click on course titles to see more information about the course contents.

The courses listed here provide students with language and cultural study of Ukrainian. Click on course titles to see more information about the course contents.

The courses listed here provide students with language and cultural study of Yiddish. These courses are offered in conjunction with KU's Jewish Studies Program. Click on course titles to see more information about the course contents. Yiddish courses are offered on occasion. Contact the Department about availability.


In Memoriam

Reed Rankin ✝ 12/29/2019

The faculty and students in the Department Slavic Languages and Literatures are deeply saddened that one our undergraduate majors, Reed Rankin, passed away last week (12/29) in Fredonia, Kansas. Reed was a beloved student in the department and is fondly remembered by his peers and professors. He began studying Russian as a Freshman and stayed with a challenging but rewarding language for three and a half years, tackling introductory, intermediate, advanced levels, and even continuing his studies into his senior year with Russian for the Professions. We know that he was planning further study in Moscow in the next academic year, prior to matriculation at KU School of Law.

A thoughtful student, Reed often contributed insight and posed challenging questions in class. ​​ Reed’s dedication to the study of Russian language, culture, and history was tremendous and fueled by infectious curiosity. He showed great acumen in translating from Russian into English, always finding English-language equivalents for Russian cultural concepts through skillful use of one-liners from American films. We also treasured his ability to speak in fluid Russian about rural, farm life in Kansas, and the effects that natural phenomena, like floods, on a farming community. He was a pleasure to know and teach, and will be remembered for his kind and polite demeanor. Our thoughts are with Reed’s family at this time

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KU’s Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies program is one of only 12 federally-funded national resource centers in the US
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