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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the department’s programs, visit: http://www.slavic.illinois.edu/.