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Undergraduate Programs

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The Slavic Department offers two majors: Bachelor of Arts in Eastern European Languages, Literature, and Culture and Bachelor of Arts in Russian Language and Literature. Students admitted to the University of Washington may declare the majors at any time by meeting with the undergraduate adviser.

Courses are designed both for departmental majors planning careers as language and literature specialists in teaching, translation or government service, and for students specializing in international relations, business, law, or the sciences. Students who simply wish to acquire a knowledge of the languages and cultures of these Slavic and East European regions are equally welcome.

The Slavic Department offers courses in first- through fourth-year Russian during the academic year, and intensive courses during the summer which grant one year’s credit. A course in reading and translation is regularly available. Courses on Russian writers, Russian folklore, Slavic linguistics, and a two-quarter sequence on Russian literature and culture are regularly offered in English.

Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian and Polish language courses are usually available each year. The Slavic Department also occasionally offers first- and second-year courses in Bulgarian, Romanian, and/or Ukrainian. Survey courses on the literatures and cultures of these areas may also be offered, usually in English.

There are many opportunities to study abroad while enrolled at the University of Washington. Please visit the Study Abroad section of this site for detailed information. The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures frequently offers students the chance to study abroad with department faculty, in specially designed programs, including programs in Sochi and Georgia.

Continuation Policy

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures wants every student to succeed in our program, but we are also responsible for upholding academic standards.  The continuation policy specifies the rules students must follow to make satisfactory progress in the major.  In addition, we encourage our students to be proactive about seeking advice from the undergraduate advisor or faculty members for problems affecting performance or participation here at the university.

All students are subject to general University policies regarding grades and credits.  The University requires students to maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA.  No course required for the degree may be taken S/NS.  The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures specifies the following additional requirements.

Satisfactory Progress

  1. The BA in Slavic L&L is meant to be completed on a full-time basis. Full-time students are expected to complete 12 or more credits applicable to the degree each academic quarter.
  2. In exceptional circumstances students may petition the Department for permission to take fewer than 12 credits. A request for part-time status should be made to the student advisor prior to the first day of the quarter. Students who receive permission to attend part time must complete at least one course applicable toward their degree each quarter.
  3. A student who withdraws from the University [or from a required Slavic L&L course] or whose quarter schedule is cancelled for nonpayment of fees must obtain permission from the Department before registering for subsequent Slavic L&L courses. Petitions should be made through the student advisor.
  4. Slavic L&L majors must earn a 2.0 or better in each course counted toward degree requirements. [(1) Majors must maintain a cumulative departmental GPA of 2.5 or (2) Majors must have a departmental GPA of 2.5 or better at graduation.]

Review of Progress

Student records are reviewed quarterly. If a student fails to meet the standards outlined above, the student will be placed on probation for the following quarter and will be notified in writing of the probationary status and what must be done to remove it. Students who fail to meet the criteria for two consecutive quarters will be dropped from the program. In addition, a student who has accumulated three probationary quarters will be dropped from the program.


A student who is placed on probation or dismissed and who believes that his or her record has been misunderstood may appeal (in writing) to our ad hoc appeals committee, consisting of faculty, staff and the lead graduate teaching assistant. The appeal must be given to the student advisor within 30 days of notification of probation or dismissal. The faculty committee will respond to the appeal within 30 days.

Academic Counseling

All Slavic L&L majors are encouraged to seek out a student advisor as often as they wish but are encouraged to see the advisor at least once a year. Required counseling appointments are as follow:

  1. Upon entry to or departure from the Department, to obtain a signature to change majors.
  2. During any probationary quarter, no later than the end of the first week of the quarter.
  3. The quarter of graduation, for database update and exit interview.
  4. Upon request by the student advisor or a faculty member.  The Department wants to help our students do well in the program, and we may, therefore, request an appointment to discuss performance.

Slavic Program Forms for Print (.PDF)

Departmental Honors

Majors in high academic standing in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures may petition in their junior year for permission to enter the Departmental Honors Program. Requirements include the presentation of an Honors Thesis. Follow this link for details.