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We offer a multifaceted approach to learning about a complex region recognized for its international influence. Our students learn to evaluate linguistic and cultural differences in a global context.

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We provide a well-rounded understanding of Central Europe, Russia, the former Soviet Union, and Eastern Europe through a study of their languages and an exploration of their literatures and cultures.

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New Major in Global Literary Studies!

A dynamic collaboration of multiple UW departments, Global Literary Studies (GLITS) introduces students to works of literature from around the world and from all eras of human history.

Global Literary Studies
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Dynamic Viewpoints

Our students pursue diverse careers in communication, teaching, science and business. Employers value their ability to respond to an ever-changing world and its increasingly complex demands.

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Explore the Slavic World

Deepen your understanding of Slavic culture and the human experience through big books, European cinema, visual art, and more.

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Rooted in Community

Our department exists at the crossroads of many cultures, creeds and national traditions. Lectures, festivals and film screenings provide opportunities to share and celebrate those differences.

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Люди как реки: вода во всех одинакая и везде одна и та же, но каждая река бывает то узкая, то быстрая, то широкая, то тихая, то чистая, то холодная, то мутная, то теплая. Так и люди..
People are like rivers: the water in all is alike and everywhere the same but each river can be at times narrow, or rapid, or wide, or quiet, or clean, or cold, or murky, or warm. It is the same with people.
Tolstoy, Resurrection

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