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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.



  • 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)
  • 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:

  • 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
  • SLA252H1 - Russian Short Fiction
  • SLA212H1 - Russian Novel
  • SLA245H1 - The Golden Age of Russian Literature
  • SLA246H1 - Russian Modernism


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.


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