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Slavic and East European Studies

Discover the diverse languages, cultures, history, geography, politics, economies, religions and societies of Eastern Europe. The demand from government and the private sector for individuals specializing in this resurgent area of Europe has renewed in recent years.


What is Slavic and East European Studies at WVU like?


Our program offers an integrated approach to the study of the languages, cultures, history, geography, politics, economies, religions and societies of Eastern Europe.

This region includes: Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia, Croatia, Albania, Romania and Moldova.

The demand from government and the private sector for individuals specializing in this resurgent area of Europe has renewed in recent years, even as economic, political and cultural changes have served to make Eastern Europe more accessible. The Slavic and East European Studies (SEES) program incorporates diverse disciplines, language study and study abroad to provide you a deep as well as broad grasp of the region’s past, present and future.

In today’s increasingly global setting, business, diplomacy and scholarship all benefit from a thorough knowledge of at least one foreign language and a familiarity with the culture, history, politics and economics of the region speaking that language.

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What can you do with this degree?

SEES prepares you for further study in graduate or professional schools, and also contributes to a background that you can apply to work in government, foreign service, non-governmental organizations and international business or law.

Possible Careers

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What are the courses like in Slavic and East European Studies at WVU?

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Popular Courses

FCLT 250:
Russian Fairy Tales

Introduces a wide selection of Russian fairy tales and examines the aesthetic, social, and psychological values that they reflect, a general introduction to the study of folklore with a broad spectrum of approaches (psychoanalysis, structuralism, feminism).

FCLT 280:
Science Fiction: East and West

Comparison of science fiction texts, and TV from Eastern and Central Europe and the US and UK, analyzing works that posit "Fantastic" spatial, temporal, social, and biological explorations beyond those currently verified by science.

FCLT 281:
Vampire: Blood and Revolution

This course examines the phenomenon of vampirism in verbal and visual culture, vampirism is examined from different periods in various cultures and from a variety of critical perspectives. It contestualizes the works in the cultures that produce them.

FCLT 382:
Polish Cinema: Kieslowski

Studies the cinematic career of one of Poland's most important directors of the past 50 years; designed to allow both cinema devotees and untrained filmgoers to appreciate Kieslowski's oeuvre.

FLIT 257:
Russian Literature Translation 2

Major literature of Russia/Soviet Union from 1880 to the present. Russian majors will read selections in the original.

SEES 101:
Introduction to Slavic and Eastern European Studies

This course offers a multidisciplinary introduction to the geography, history, culture, societies, religions, and politics of slavic and Eastern Europe, a broad region between contemporary Germany and Eurasian Russia and the Baltic and Black Sea.

SEES 492:
Directed Study

Directed study, reading, and/or research.

SEES 495:
Independent Study

Faculty-supervised study of topics not available through regular course offerings.

Cost and Aid

How much does Slavic and East European Studies at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2018-19 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $403
Per Semester $4,836
Fall and Spring Semesters $9,672
Per Credit $1,095
Per Semester $13,140
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,280
Per Credit $1,095
Per Semester $13,440
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,880
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What are the requirements to apply for Slavic and East European Studies at WVU?

To be admitted to WVU's Slavic and East European Studies major, you must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2019-20 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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