Slavic and East European Languages and Literatures
Instruction in Russian at UNC began with the distinguished Indo-European linguist George Lane. He provided Russian instruction on an adhoc basis during World War II, when Carolina was serving as a Navy training center. Professor Walter Arndt introduced formal Russian courses at Chapel Hill around 1960, as part of the curriculum in what was then the Department of Linguistics and Oriental Languages.
When the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures was established as a separate unit, it was set up specifically to include not just Russian, but all the major Slavic languages and literatures. Our mission has therefore always been inclusive and wide-ranging, and our faculty in the new unit pursues that profile with an extraordinary breadth of regional and disciplinary expertise. Our research specializations include versification, literary translation, literary critical theory, literature and Orthodox theology, gender studies, literature and the Holocaust, performing arts studies, and émigré culture.
Our undergraduate concentrations enable students to develop specializations in Russian language and culture and Slavic and East European languages and cultures. Our graduate concentrations offer general professional development and specialized training in Russian literature and culture, as well as comparative Slavic and East European literatures and cultures. Our curriculum provides students with three years and more of instruction in five Slavic/East European languages (Russian, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian) and extensive coverage of topics in the literatures and cultures of Russia (including of course the former Soviet Union), the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, and Bosnia, Croatia, and Serbia. We pride ourselves on being effective teachers and engaged advisers, and we work intensively with students to help them develop strong analytical and communicative skills.
For information on concentrations in Slavic and East European Languages and Literatures, faculty, course offerings, and cultural offerings, we invite you to explore the information available by clicking on the links to the left.
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