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Central European Studies

Carolina’s major in Central European Studies equips students with specialized expertise in a region of rising relevance to global culture and politics. Our faculty supports research in literary analysis, cultural history, cinema and media studies, intellectual history and critical theory. Course offerings in Czech, Polish and Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian contribute to a professional toolkit relevant to careers in public policy, international relations, culture and education.

Our small-size classes facilitate close collaboration with faculty from your early college days. Language classes are complemented by content-driven courses that situate Central Europe in its global context. Coursework attends to the region’s complex history while moving beyond the Cold War’s shadow to explore the region’s vitality today. Many courses fulfil general education requirements while counting towards our major. Our interdisciplinary faculty is affiliated with Jewish Studies, Film Studies and the Center for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies. As mentors and advocates, we connect students to communities and resources across the Carolina campus.

Carolina’s Study Abroad Office maintains an expanding portfolio of study abroad options in Poland and Hungary. Students of Czech can explore options at the NC State European Center in Prague. Our budding partnership with Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań provides a natural bridge to the bustling world of contemporary Poland.

The Central European Program invites you to join our close-knit community for a college experience marked by intellectual intensity, friendly collaboration, and curious exploration.