Slavic Studies

The Department of Slavic Languages offers standard and honors programs in Slavic studies. This concentration integrates study of the languages, literatures, and civilizations of the Slavic world. Built on sound knowledge of one or two Slavic languages, the program allows students to develop an in-depth appreciation and understanding of the East European cultures and civilizations on which they are primarily focused through a broad spectrum of interdisciplinary fields at Brown. All concentrators are strongly encouraged to study abroad in a Slavic country, either during the academic year or the summer. Students can enroll in the Brown-in-St.-Petersburg summer program and the Brown-in-Prague semester program. Brown also has approved exchange programs in Moscow, Petersburg, Prague, and Yaroslavl.


1. Six semesters of one Slavic language or the equivalent (normally Czech or Russian), or a combined total of eight semesters of two Slavic languages or the equivalent.

2. Seven 1000-level courses devoted to the study of the East European civilizations: literature, history, culture, theater, political science, economics, international relations. Typically, at least four of these courses will be from within the Department of Slavic Languages. Students' choice of courses is subject to the approval of the concentration advisor.


Honors candidacy in Slavic studies assumes an excellent academic record, particularly in the concentration. Additional requirements are the same as those for a standard concentration, plus the writing of a senior thesis (SLAV 1990). For procedures and schedule for writing a senior thesis, please refer to the department guidelines.

Page last reviewed in February, 2010.

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