Department of Slavic and Baltic Languages and Literatures

The Department of Slavic and Baltic Languages and Literatures is home to two endowed chairs: the Hejna Family Chair in Polish Language and Literature; and the Endowed Chair in Lithuanian Studies, established by the Lithuanian World Community Foundation.

The department offers courses in Polish, Russian, and Lithuanian at the elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels. The undergraduate program develops language literacy skills and cultural competency in the regions of study.

A major or minor in Russian or Polish prepares students for informed global citizenship and for a variety of careers, including teaching, translation, international business, journalism, diplomacy, the armed forces, national security agencies, publishing, tourism, and work in cultural centers such as libraries and museums.

Distinction

Departmental Distinction requires a 3.50/4.00 GPA in all department lower-division courses and a 3.75/4.00 GPA in all department upper-division courses taken.

Polish Courses

POL 101. Elementary Polish I. 4 hours.

Phonetics, introductory grammar, and reading. Course Information: Four additional half hours each week in the language laboratory. Prerequisite(s): For students who have had no formal work in Polish.

POL 102. Elementary Polish II. 4 hours.

Continuation of POL 101. Basic grammar and vocabulary. Introduction to the vibrant culture of Poland. Course Information: This class is taught in a blended format. Internet access is required. A high-speed connection is strongly recommended. Prerequisite(s): POL 101; or appropriate score on the department placement test.

POL 103. Intermediate Polish I. 4 hours.

Continues POL 102. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): POL 102 or the equivalent.

POL 104. Intermediate Polish II. 4 hours.

Continuation of Polish 103. Course will expand your mastery of grammar and vocabulary and prepares you to discuss and write, in Polish, in a variety of styles. Course Information: This class is taught in a blended format. Internet access is required. A high-speed connection is strongly recommended. Prerequisite(s): POL 103; or appropriate score on the department placement test.

POL 115. Introduction to Polish Culture. 3 hours.

Main trends in Polish culture in the context of parallel developments in Western European civilization. Course Information: Taught in English. World Cultures course.

POL 120. The Polish Short Story in Translation. 3 hours.

Introduction to representative Polish short stories of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; the elements of fiction; close reading of prose texts. Course Information: Taught in English. Creative Arts course, and World Cultures course.

POL 130. Masterworks of Polish Literature in Translation. 3 hours.

The most important works of Poland's greatest writers in the areas of poetry, drama, and prose. Course Information: Taught in English. Creative Arts course, and World Cultures course.

POL 140. Polish Drama in Translation. 3 hours.

Elementary aspects of Polish dramatic theory and close reading of representative scripts selected from various periods. Course Information: Same as THTR 140. Taught in English. Creative Arts course, and World Cultures course.

POL 150. Introduction to Polish Cinema. 3 hours.

Introduction to the major themes and techniques of Polish film art; comparative survey of narrative film and literature. Course Information: Taught in English. Films screened with English subtitles. Creative Arts course, and World Cultures course.

POL 201. Polish Composition and Conversation I. 3 hours.

Composition and conversation, systematic grammar, vocabulary development and aural comprehension. This course is a general review and expansion of grammar, along with speaking, vocabulary development, readings and writing compositions. Course Information: Previously listed as POL 301. Prerequisite(s): POL 104 or the equivalent.

POL 202. Polish Composition and Conversation II. 3 hours.

Continues POL 201. Designed to continue the development of advanced language skills. This course is an expansion of vocabulary, idioms, grammar, writing, reading, listening comprehension, and speaking within the context of Polish culture. Course Information: Previously listed as POL 302. Prerequisite(s): POL 201.

POL 220. Modern Polish-Jewish Culture and Literatures. 3 hours.

Polish-Jewish literature and non-fiction works in English translation from Polish, Yiddish and Hebrew are studied as expressions of a distinct Ashkenazi or East European Jewish culture that developed on historically Polish lands. Course Information: Same as JST 220. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 160 or ENGL 161. Creative Arts course, and World Cultures course.

POL 234. History of Poland. 3 hours.

Exploration of political, socioeconomic, and cultural developments since the first Polish state, the union with Lithuania, the struggle for independence, and Communist rule to the present. Course Information: Same as HIST 234. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 161. Individual and Society course, and Past course.

POL 242. Polish Poetry for Beginners. 3 hours.

Polish poetry from various literary epochs read as an introduction to Polish literature and explained against the basic historical, cultural, and transcultural contexts. Course Information: Taught in English.

POL 321. Introduction to Polish Literature. 3 hours.

Old Polish literature from medieval Latin and vernacular texts to masterpieces of the Polish Enlightenment. Course Information: Taught in English. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or consent of the instructor.

POL 399. Independent Study. 1-3 hours.

Investigation of special problems under the general direction of a staff member. Course Information: May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing, consent of the instructor and consent of the head of the department. Class Schedule Information: This course counts toward the limited number of independent study hours accepted toward the degree and the major.

POL 401. Polish Composition and Conversation III. 3 or 4 hours.

Development of oral and writing skills: expanding vocabulary and perfecting style. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): POL 302.

POL 402. Polish Composition and Conversation IV. 3 or 4 hours.

Continues POL 401. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): POL 401 or the equivalent.

POL 420. Polish Contemporary Theater and Drama. 3 or 4 hours.

A survey covering the 20th century innovative phenomena in Polish theater in a comparative context. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Taught in English. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or above; or consent of the instructor.

POL 440. Studies in Polish Poetry. 3 or 4 hours.

A detailed study of Polish poetry in the past or present in a historical context. A study of major Polish poets and their work. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours; 4 graduate hours. Taught in English. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

POL 460. Studies in Polish Literature. 3 or 4 hours.

Major literary Polish writers recognized in the world, translated extensively into English; their poetics, worldviews as compared with foreign writers; historical and philosophical background. Topics may vary. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 hours for undergraduates, or 12 hours for graduate students, if topics vary. Only 6 hours may be applied toward the undergraduate major in Polish. Taught in English. Polish majors will be required to complete some assignments in Polish. Prerequisite(s): SLAV 224; or consent of the instructor.

POL 499. Independent Study. 1-4 hours.

Investigation of special problems under the general direction of a staff member. Course Information: May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Graduate students may register for more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Senior or graduate standing, consent of the instructor and consent of the head of the department. Class Schedule Information: This course counts toward the limited number of independent study hours accepted toward the undergraduate degree and the major.

Russian Courses

RUSS 101. Elementary Russian I. 4 hours.

Phonetics, introductory grammar, and reading. Course Information: Four additional half hours each week in the language laboratory. Prerequisite(s): For students who have had no formal work in Russian.

RUSS 102. Elementary Russian II. 4 hours.

Continues RUSS 101. Course Information: This class is taught in a blended format. Internet access is required. A high-speed connection is strongly recommended. Prerequisite(s): RUSS 101; or appropriate score on the department placement test.

RUSS 103. Intermediate Russian I. 4 hours.

Futher study of Russian grammar and vocabulary. Reading and discussing the culture and modern life of Russia. Introduction to expository, persuasive and argumentative styles. Course Information: This class is taught in a blended format. Internet access is required. A high-speed connection is strongly recommended. Prerequisite(s): RUSS 102; or appropriate score on the department placement test.

RUSS 104. Intermediate Russian II. 4 hours.

Continuation of RUSS 103. Futher study of Russian grammar and vocabulary. Reading and discussing the culture and modern life of Russia. Introduction to expository, persuasive and argumentative styles Course Information: This class is taught in a blended format. Internet access is required. A high-speed connection is strongly recommended. Prerequisite(s): RUSS 103; or appropriate score on the department placement test.

RUSS 115. Russian Culture Before the Revolution. 3 hours.

The main trends of Russian thought and manners from the beginning to the Revolution: literature, philosophy, religion, art, architecture, intellectual life. Audio-visual emphasis. World Cultures course.

RUSS 116. Russian Culture: The Soviet Period. 3 hours.

The transformation of Russian culture after 1917: literature, art, architecture, philosophy, intellectual trends; emphasis on the ideology of Socialist Realism. Audio-visual emphasis. World Cultures course.

RUSS 120. The Russian Short Story in Translation. 3 hours.

Introduction to important Russian short stories of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; the elements of fiction; close analysis of literary texts. Creative Arts course, and World Cultures course.

RUSS 130. Masterpieces of Russian Literature in Translation. 3 hours.

Introduction to Russian novellas and novels of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Creative Arts course, and World Cultures course.

RUSS 150. Introduction to Russian Cinema. 3 hours.

Introduction to major themes, trends, and techniques of Russian/Soviet cinema. Explores film as an expression of social reality and political ideology. Comparisons drawn with American cinema. Course Information: Taught in English. Films screened with English subtitles. Creative Arts course, and World Cultures course.

RUSS 201. Russian Composition and Conversation I. 3 hours.

Composition and conversation, systematic grammar, vocabulary development, and aural comprehension. Course Information: Previously listed as RUSS 301. Prerequisite(s): RUSS 104 or the equivalent.

RUSS 202. Russian Composition and Conversation II. 3 hours.

Continues RUSS 201.Course Information: Previously listed as RUSS 302. Prerequisite(s): RUSS 201 or the equivalent.

RUSS 239. Twentieth-Century Russia in Film. 3 hours.

Survey of social, political and cultural development of the Russian Empire and Soviet Union through the use of film as a historical source. Course Information: Same as HIST 239. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 160 or completion of any 100-level history course. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture and one Discussion. Past course.

RUSS 241. Dostoyevsky. 3 hours.

Selected short stories and novels. Course Information: Taught in English. Creative Arts course.

RUSS 242. Tolstoy. 3 hours.

Discussion of selected short stories and plays. Course Information: Taught in English. Creative Arts course.

RUSS 244. Women in Russian Literature. 3 hours.

Major works by and about women in Russian literature: experiences of women and societal attitudes toward them. Course Information: Same as GWS 244. Taught in English. Creative Arts course, and World Cultures course.

RUSS 246. Revolution in Arts: Russian and European Avant-Garde. 3 hours.

Major movements of the avant-garde, including Cubism, Futurism, Suprematism, Dada, Surrealism, and Constructivism, as manifested in Russia and the larger European context. Course Information: Taught in English. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or above; or consent of the instructor. Creative Arts course.

RUSS 247. Literature and Fantasy in Russia. 3 hours.

Fantasy as a literary genre. Comparison of the artistic strategies employed by works of literature and film into which the fantastic intrudes in the form of alternate states of consciousness such as dream, inebriation, and madness. Course Information: Taught in English. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or above; or consent of the instructor. Creative Arts course.

RUSS 248. Russian Visual and Material Culture. 3 hours.

Non-textual manifestations of Russian culture such as painting, sculpture, architecture, design and decorative arts in a way that emphasizes how an object's compositional medium relates to its aesthetic and functional purposes. Course Information: Same as RUSS 248. Taught in English. Prerequisite(s): Completion of ENGL 160; or any 100-level RUSS or AH course. Creative Arts course.

RUSS 321. Great Russian 19th-Century Novels and the European Tradition. 3 hours.

Reading and interpretation of various 19th-century novels, including, but not limited to, the works of Pushkin, Lermontov, Gogol, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, and Tolstoy. Emphasis on the socio-historic and intellectual context of these works. Course Information: Taught in English. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or above; or consent of the instructor.

RUSS 330. Art and Politics: Soviet and Post-Soviet Literature. 3 hours.

An examination of various Russian literary and aesthetic practices with a focus on how writers defined their art vis-a-vis its contribution to or autonomy from the ideological goals of the Soviet state. Course Information: Taught in English. Prerequisite(s): RUSS 321.

RUSS 399. Independent Study. 1-3 hours.

Investigation of special problems under the general direction of a staff member. Course Information: May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing, consent of the instructor and the head of the department. Class Schedule Information: This course counts toward the limited number of independent study hours accepted toward the degree and the major.

RUSS 410. Structure of Modern Russian. 3 or 4 hours.

Introduction to Russian morphology and phonology. Examination of the Russian language as a system with particular attention to verb conjugation and noun declension, with the goal of improving students? practical language skills. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): RUSS 201; and credit or concurrent registration in RUSS 202; or consent of the instructor.

RUSS 411. Reading Russian Literature in the Original I. 3 or 4 hours.

Reading some of the highlights of 19th-century Russian short prose and poetry in the original. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Taught in Russian, all readings in Russian. Prerequisite(s): RUSS 202; or consent of the instructor.

RUSS 412. Reading Russian Literature in the Original II. 3 or 4 hours.

Continuation of RUSS 411. Reading some of the highlights of 20th- and 21st-century Russian short prose and poetry in the original. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours; 4 graduate hours.Taught in Russian, all readings in Russian. Prerequisite(s): RUSS 411; or consent of the instructor.

RUSS 440. Topics in Russian Culture and Cultural Studies. 3 or 4 hours.

Exploration of various topics in Russian culture through an interdisciplinary prism, addressing intersections between visual and verbal arts as well as high and popular culture. Content varies.Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours for undergraduate students or 8 hours for graduate students, if topics vary, and with consent of the instructor. Taught in English. All texts are available in English. Students pursuing a major or minor in Russian, or an MA or PhD in Slavic Studies, will be required to read primary texts in the target language. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or above; or consent of the instructor.

RUSS 460. Studies in Russian Literature. 3 or 4 hours.

Study of a major author, movement, genre, or special topic. Content varies. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated up to 2 time(s). Prerequisite(s): 24 hours of Russian or consent of the instructor.

RUSS 499. Independent Study. 1-4 hours.

Investigation of special problems under the general direction of a staff member. Course Information: May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Graduate students may register for more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Senior or graduate standing, consent of the instructor and the head of the department. Class Schedule Information: This course counts toward the limited number of independent study hours accepted toward the degree and the major.

Slavic & Baltic Languages &Lit Courses

SLAV 224. Introduction to Literary Analysis of Slavic Texts. 3 hours.

Interpretation of Slavic literary texts from different theoretical points of view and various methodological perspectives. Course Information: Previously listed as SLAV 324. Prerequisite(s): POL 104 or RUSS 104 or the equivalent, or consent of the instructor.

SLAV 399. Independent Study. 1-3 hours.

Investigation of special problems under the general direction of a staff member. Course Information: May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing, consent of the instructor and the head of the department. Class Schedule Information: This course counts toward the limited number of independent study hours accepted toward the degree and the major.

SLAV 460. Topics in Central and Eastern European Literature and Culture. 3 or 4 hours.

Study of a time period, movement, genre, or special topic. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Same as CEES 460. May be repeated up to 2 time(s), with consent of the instructor, and if topics vary. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or above; or consent of the instructor.

SLAV 499. Independent Study. 1-4 hours.

Investigation of special problems under the general direction of a staff member. Course Information: May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Graduate students may register for more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Senior or graduate standing, consent of the instructor and the head of the department. Class Schedule Information: This course counts toward the limited number of independent study hours accepted toward the degree and the major.