Knowledge of Slavic, East European, and Central Asian languages prepares students for exciting career opportunities in areas such as government, higher education, not-for-profit institutions, public health, law, international development, the military, journalism, environmental issues, the arts and business.
The Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures at Indiana University was first organized in 1947 as the Department of Slavic Studies under the leadership of Michael Ginsburg, the university's first professor of Russian. Indiana University is the only university in the state of Indiana to offer the doctoral degree, as well as offering bachelor's and master's degrees, in Slavic Languages and Literatures. The department has a full array of language, literature, culture, and linguistics courses for students interested in the study of Russian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Czech, Polish, and Romanian.
Intensive summer training in Russian and other languages of our region has been offered at IU Bloomington since 1950. Indiana University's Summer Language Workshop (SWSEEL) remains the largest such program in the United States, offering students the opportunity to complete a full year of college language instruction during a single eight-week summer session for reduced tuition rates.
IU Slavic department faculty members represent one of the largest and best concentrations of expertise in the United States, with particular strength in Slavic Linguistics (Fowler, Franks, Holdeman, Melnyk, Shardakova, Shrager, Stern-Gottschalk); Russian literature (Stefani, Emery, Valentino); pedagogy (Holdeman, Shrager, Stern-Gottschalk, Shardakova); and literary and cultural studies of Czech (Cravens), Polish (Nizynska), Romanian (Illias) and South Slavic languages (Emery, Franks, Valentino).
The department works in cooperation with IU’s U.S. Department of Education funded Title VI Center, the Russian & East European Institute, to offer a variety of extra-curricular programming throughout the year. Department students participate in language practice tables (available for all languages), study abroad, talent shows, the Zeta Zeta chapter of Dobro Slovo National Slavic Honor Society, and the annual American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR) national post-secondary Russian essay contest. Special concerts, exhibits, lectures, film showings, pedagogy workshops and other events are usually open to the public and advertised in our section of the main IU Calendar of Events.