Slavic Languages and Literatures

The Department offers courses in the following languages, literatures, and cultures: Bosnian, Croatian, Czech, Macedonian, Polish, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, and Ukrainian.


    Admission Information

    • Students with prior knowledge of a Slavic language should consult with the department to determine the level at which to begin
    • Apply to the Humanities admission category on the St. George campus
    • Six Grade 12 U or M courses, including English are required
    • Students outside of Ontario should have the equivalent senior high school credits


    Honours Bachelor of Arts Programs

    • Czech and Slovak Studies (major and minor options)
    • Polish Language and Literature (major and minor options)
    • Polish Studies (major and minor options)
    • Russian Language and literature (specialist, major and minor options)
    • Russian Language (minor only)
    • Russian Literature in Translation (minor only)
    • South Slavic Studies (major and minor options)
    • Ukrainian Language and Literature (specialist, major and minor options)


    First-Year Courses

    • SLA100H1 - Elementary Russian I
    • SLA101H1 - Elementary Russian II
    • SLA102H1 - Ukrainian and Russian Civilizations
    • SLA103H1 - Golems and Robots on stage and screen
    • SLA107Y1 - Elementary Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian
    • SLA105Y1 - Elementary Czech
    • SLA109Y1 - Elementary Macedonian
    • SLA106Y1 - Elementary Polish
    • SLA108Y1 - Elementary Ukrainian


    Introductory Courses

    The Department offers foundational 200-series courses in literature, culture, and film that are suitable for and open to first-year students who are encouraged to take the following courses which do not require special linguistic or academic preparation:

    • SLA200H1 - Culture and Politics in Europe
    • SLA212H1 - Russian Novel
    • SLA215H1 - Czech and Slovak Cultures (formerly SLA215Y1)
    • SLA216Y1 - The Dynamics of Polish Literature and Culture: A Survey
    • SLA225H1 - The Czech and Slovak Cinema
    • SLA226H1 - Postwar Polish Cinema
    • SLA217H1 - Cultural History of the South Slavs
    • SLA227H1 - South Slavic Literature: National Revival and Beyond
    • SLA218Y1 - Ukrainian Literature and Culture
    • SLA228H1 - 20th Century Ukrainian Fiction in Translation
    • SLA234H1 - Russian and Soviet Cinema
    • SLA242H1 - The Novel and the Family in the Nineteenth Century
    • SLA245H1 - The Golden Age of Russian Literature
    • SLA246H1 - Russian Modernism
    • SLA252H1 - Russian Short Fiction


    Advice for First Year

    If you are a native or heritage speaker of a Slavic language, i.e. if you speak this language at home or spoke it as a child, you must request the Department's permission prior to enrolling into a first-year language course. An interview with a language coordinator and a written placement test are usually required of all native and heritage speakers of Slavic languages.



    The intensive study of the languages, literatures, and cultures of the broad geographic regions covered in our department provides students with a unique opportunity to develop a deep knowledge of Russia, and eastern and central Europe.  

    Success in the job market depends heavily on competence in one of the languages of the area. So, if you plan to do specialized work, you should begin language study in your first year.

    Advanced language knowledge will then prepare you for such public service careers as diplomacy, work in NGOs, and other business and humanitarian organizations in these regions.


    Direct career options include:

    Translation Travel Agent
    Teaching Flight Attendant
    International Trade Officer Communication Specialist
    International Business Analyst Technical Writer
    Bilingual Customer Service Specialist Foreign Services Officer
    Market Research Analyst Foreign Affairs Specialist
    Conference Planner Immigration Officer
    Marketing Manager Customs Officer
    Public Relations Officer International Development
    Import/Export Coordinator Political Aid
    Management Consultant Community Worker
    Hospitality Industry  




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