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Slavic and Eastern European Studies

The Slavic and East European Studies interdisciplinary major 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 program incorporates diverse disciplines, language study and study abroad to provide students with a deep as well as broad grasp of the region’s past, present and future.

Career Profile

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. This major prepares students for further study in graduate or professional schools and also contributes background that may be applied to work in government, foreign service, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and international business or law.

Sample Course Schedules

Wondering what your typical day might be like? We used students’ real course schedules to create these examples.

Freshman Year

RUSS 101 Elementary Russian 1 GEOL 101 Planet Earth GEOL 102 Planet Earth Laboratory HIST 179 World History to 1500 THET 101 Introduction to the Theatre

Senior Year

RUSS 303 Advanced Structure and Reading 1 POLS 293N Special Topics RUSS 341 Survey of Russian Literature SEES 497A Research: Capstone GEOG107 Physical Geography

English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Alumni Profile

Faith Pirlo

A triple-major in international, Russian, Slavic and East European studies, Faith studied the language and culture of Russia at St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University thanks to a 2010 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad to students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two- or four-year college or university. Faith was also interested in learning more about Russian foreign policy, history and culture.

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