The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures is among the most popular departments at Northwestern University. This is because our faculty is committed to teaching, whether it be in large lecture courses with readings in English, or small seminars for heritage speakers of Russian or Polish. The Department provides a rich array of courses both for majors and for students who may take only one or two of our offerings.
The research and teaching interests of our faculty and students are broad, encompassing not only Russia, but Poland, the Czech Republic, and the former Yugoslavia as well. Thus, we offer a course entitled "Slavic Civilization" in addition to "Introduction to the USSR and Successor States"; one of our newest courses is "The Rise and Fall of Yugoslavia." Some of our literature offerings deal in depth with a single writer or problem, while others span a century. Our broad curriculum includes courses ranging from "Dostoevsky" and "Tolstoy" to "Russian Film," "The Philosophical Story," and "Contemporary East European Literature." We also offer courses in Slavic film, theater, and the visual arts.
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