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Majoring in Central European Studies

The Central European Studies major is an interdisciplinary concentration for undergraduates interested in studying the complex Czech, German, Hungarian, and Polish patchwork that makes Central Europe today. For a convenient overview of the two majors and their respective requirements, download GSLL’s Central European Studies major brochure.

See the full requirements for the major

In addition to studying two different Central European languages (one through the intermediate level, another at the elementary level), students must take two core courses—GSLL 260 (From Berlin to Budapest: Literature, Film, and Culture of Central Europe) and HIST 260 (East Central Europe from the Eighteenth Century to the Present)—as well as six other courses in GSLL and other departments in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Students interested in pursuing the major concentration in Central European Studies should consult with the GSLL Director of Undergraduate Studies. Students should also begin language study as early as possible in order to ensure they have time to learn two possibly quite disparate languages; however, the structure of this major is such that students can begin taking content courses toward the major at any time, including during their first year of studies at Carolina.

Students concentrating in Central European Studies will be encouraged to consider double-majors, or minors, in other fields. Students are not permitted, however, to declare a second major in contemporary European Studies, or in any major or minor option offered by GSLL.

B.A. Major in Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures: Central European Studies Concentration Core Requirements:

• GSLL 260
• HIST 260
Two departmental courses (six credit hours) in CZCH, GERM, GSLL, HUNG, or PLSH numbered above 200 (not including introductory or intermediate foreign language courses, and not including GERM 252 or GSLL 278 or GSLL 280)
• Four additional courses (12 credit hours), which may include departmental courses in CZCH, GERM, GSLL, HUNG, or PLSH numbered above 200 (not including introductory or intermediate foreign language courses, and not including GERM 252 or GSLL 278 or 280), or approved Central European studies electives: ANTH 449; ART 455; CMPL 270, 279, 281; GEOG 464; HIST 140, 159, 257, 406, 458, 460, 461, 462, 463, 481; JWST 140, 159, 239, 260, 262, 465, 467; PWAD 236, 257, 438; PHIL 224, 423, 427, 471, 438; RELI 239, 454, 522; SLAV 464, SOCI 257, WMST 250.
Students may petition the director of undergraduate studies to include other courses with significant Central European content.
• ONE of the following courses may count toward the major: GSLL 691H, 692H, or 693H.

At least four of the above courses (12 credit hours) must be taken at UNC–Chapel Hill in order to fulfill the requirements of the major. Majors who study abroad or wish to transfer credit from another institution may apply to transfer a maximum of four courses counting toward the major. Before their departure for a study abroad program, students should consult with the relevant director of undergraduate studies about appropriate courses for the major to be taken abroad.

Additional Requirements

• Credit for four semesters of study in one Central European Language (Czech, German, Hungarian, Polish)

  • GERM 204, CZCH 404, HUNG 404, PLSH 404

• Credit for two semesters of study in an additional Central European Language

  • GERM 102, CZCH 402, HUNG 402, PLSH 402