Monday, January 22, 2018
St. Louis Bosnians

University of Illinois’ Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures introduces new Slavic Studies Major and Slavic Language, Literature, and Culture Minor‏

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has announced exciting new changes that expand areas of possible concentration for majors and minors and make it far more viable to double major in Slavic and another field and complete the major and minor for students who have not begun in their freshman year.

The previous Russian Language and Literature major has been folded into the Slavic Studies major as the Russian, Language, Literature, and Culture concentration, with minor changes. There also are new concentrations in Polish Studies, Czech Studies, South Slavic Studies, and Ukrainian Studies. The previous Russian minor remains as a complement to the new Slavic minor (which covers the same languages and cultures as the above concentrations). As a result, there are new opportunities for heritage speakers of Polish, Ukrainian, Czech, Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian to major or minor in the study of their heritage language and culture.

With these changes, the major can now be completed in three academic years of on-campus study (though the department highly recommends study abroad). It’s also small enough to combine with other majors. The other concentrations work on the same model. The minors can be completed in two years (including language sequence) and can easily be combined with high-demand majors.

Common career paths for Slavic graduates include:

• Publishing, writing, editing, and media
• Government service, international non-governmental organizations
• International or domestic law
• Working with international cultural foundations or organizations
• Teaching, grad school in literature, linguistics, or area studies, or
• International business

For more information contact Professor David Cooper, Undergraduate Advisor,

For more information about the department’s programs, visit:

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The St. Louis Bosnian is an online database of Bosnian community in St. Louis. The purpose is to document and preserve existence of the Bosnian immigrant community in metropolitan St. Louis area. Through published books, articles, interviews, researches, videos, photos as well as speaker series, seminars, workshops and educational classes. We hope to leave the legacy of our community to the future generations.

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