About the Department
The Department of Slavic Languages and Literature provides a rich array of courses both for majors and for students who may take only one or two of our offerings. Our extremely popular courses in English translation cover 19th- and 20th-century Russian literature, visual arts and theatre, East European literature and society, Russian and East European cinema, and Slavic and Russian civilization.
Courses in literature and culture are structured to allow our faculty to work closely with students, helping them to appreciate broad processes of literary and cultural evolution, literary theory, and aesthetics as well as to improve their analytic reading and writing skills. All members of the faculty teach undergraduate and graduate courses, and many have won awards for their teaching. Our diverse and productive faculty members are committed to excellence and imagination without attempting in any way to impose a specific research or teaching model. This lends the program a characteristic eclecticism, which we feel is its greatest strength.
Chair, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures