Majoring in Slavic Studies
As a Slavic studies major, you explore the environmental policy, film, theater, literature and linguistics of the contemporary cultures of eastern and central Europe and Eurasia. You also study the historical relations between Slavic and non-Slavic peoples. You develop advanced-level proficiency in the Russian language through our four-year program and use Skype, study away and iPods to further your studies. Your global perspective and critical-thinking skills provide a solid foundation for careers in many fields, including international law, journalism, business, education, publishing, literary translation and environmental protection.
You have plenty of opportunities to use your Russian, with trips to Brighton Beach, the Russian banya (public bath) in Manhattan, and the Russian theater, opera and ballet. You can teach Russian to children at New London's Regional Multicultural Magnet School and practice at the Knowlton Dining Hall Russian table. To help you learn, we give you an iPod or iPad loaded with language-learning apps as well as music videos, folk songs, Soviet-era cartoons, talk shows, films, nursery rhymes, audiobooks and newscasts. On campus, you may be paired with a student from the St. Petersburg School of Economic for language practice and cultural exchange.
International opportunities and study abroad
Most students study in Russia their junior year. You can also intern abroad to gain professional experience and further improve your language skills.
What can you do with a majorcertificate in Slavic Studies?
Here are some of the positions our graduates have gone on to hold:
Q: What drew you to Slavic studies?
A: I decided to take Russian my freshman year on a whim and ended up falling in love with the language. Our class spent spring break in Moscow and St. Petersburg. I felt very much at home in St. Petersburg and I knew that I had to learn as much as I could about the country and the people.
Q: Did you study abroad?
A: I went back to St. Petersburg. I had an extraordinary experience with a loving host mom and sister, a great group of American students and a really interesting and vibrant Russian student body. I also received a scholarship from the U.S. Department of State to intensively study language for two months in Ufa, Russia.
- Introduction to Slavic Cultures
- History of Russian and Soviet Film
- The Russian Novel
- Gender in Communist and Post-Communist Societies
- The Net Generation — Russian and American Youth Cultures
- Russia after Communism
- Second Language Acquisition
- Language in Culture
- Elementary and Intermediate Russian