Slavic Studies is concerned with the languages, literatures, and civilizations of the Slavic world. Built on sound knowledge of one or two Slavic languages (normally Russian or Czech) the program allows students to develop an in-depth appreciation and understanding of East European cultures and civilizations through a broad spectrum of interdisciplinary fields. Students take courses in literature, history, culture, theater, political science, economics, and international relations. Concentrators focusing on Russia learn one of the world’s most commonly spoken languages and study some of the world’s best-regarded authors and composers: Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, Gogol and Bulgakov, Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky, and Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky. Focusing on Czech allows students to explore, for example, how Czechs distinguished themselves by peacefully transitioning from communism to capitalism (the “Velvet Revolution”) and separating peacefully with the Slovak Republic (the “Velvet Divorce”). Most concentrators study abroad in a Slavic country, either during the academic year or the summer.
Here's what concentrators from the classes of 2012 and 2013 reported they were doing in their first year after graduation.
- Head Coach, Wrestling Program, Beat the Streets Providence
- Investor Relations Analyst, QVT Financial LP
- Majority Intern, European and Eurasian Affairs, Senate Foreign Relations Committee
- Office Assistant, PATCH 21st Century Community Learning Centers
- Visiting Fellow, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institution of International Studies
- Graduate Intern, Christie's
- Intern, National Association of Private Special Education Centers
- Women's Rights Project Intern, American Civil Liberties Union
- Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellowship