A hub for Slavic and East European languages + cultures

Indiana University’s Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures offers a full array of language, literature, culture, and linguistics courses for students interested in the study of Russian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Czech, Polish, Romanian, and Ukrainian. We offer an undergraduate major and a minor and both master’s and Ph.D. program. IU is the only university in the state of Indiana to offer a doctoral degree in Slavic Languages and Literatures. We also offer an undergraduate bachelor’s degree and a minor, as well as a master’s degree.

Intensive summer training in Russian and other East European languages has been offered at IU Bloomington since 1950. Indiana University’s summer Language Workshop remains the largest such program in the United States, offering students the opportunity to complete a full year of college language instruction during a single eight-week summer session for reduced tuition rates.

Our department’s faculty members represent one of the largest and best concentrations of expertise in the United States, with particular strength in Slavic Linguistics (Cavar, Fowler, Holdeman, Melnyk, Shardakova, Shrager); pedagogy (Asher, Holdeman, Shardakova, Shrager); literary and cultural studies from Czech (Cravens, Holdeman), Polish (Asher, Cavar, Nizynska, Sicinski), Russian (Cravens, Emery, Geballe, Valentino), South Slavic (Emery, Ozcelik, Valentino), and Ukrainian (Asher, Melnyk).

The department works in cooperation with IU’s U.S. Department of Education funded Title VI Center, the Russian and East European Institute (REEI), to offer a variety of co-curricular programming throughout the year. Our students participate in language practice tables (available for all languages), study abroad, talent shows, the Zeta Zeta chapter of Dobro Slovo National Slavic Honor Society, and the annual American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR) national post-secondary Russian essay contest. Special concerts, exhibits, lectures, film showings, pedagogy workshops and other events are usually open to the public and advertised in our section of the main IU Calendar of Events.

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