Slavic Languages and Literatures

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures offers three different major tracks.

Russian/East European/Eurasian Cultures

This track offers an interdisciplinary area studies approach. For this major track, two years of study (or the equivalent) in Russian or another language are required. This major track integrates the study of languages and cultures of a large area: Russia, East Central Europe, Southeastern Europe and Eurasia. Students design their own programs by selecting courses offered by the Slavic department and other departments such as History, Political Economy, Geography, Political Science, Peace and Conflict Studies, Anthropology, and others. While all majors in this track will gain some knowledge of the whole area, the program also allows each student to emphasize a specific cultural region, compare different regions, and/or define a particular field of study.

Students are advised to see the major adviser in advance to prepare an individualized study list plan.

Russian Language and Literature

This track  focuses specifically on Russian language and literature. It requires three years of language coursework (or the equivalent). This major track integrates the study of Russian language, literature, and culture. Students will learn what defines Russia’s unique place in civilization both in earlier times and in today’s world. Students are advised to see the major adviser in advance to prepare an individualized study plan.

Other Slavic languages and literatures

This track allows students to focus intensively on Czech, Polish, or Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (BCS).

Declaring the Major

All students must see the major adviser for consultation, language proficiency referral (as needed), and study list planning and approval prior to pursuing a major track. Students may declare their major upon entry to the University. However, the department encourages one year of study in the student’s major language prior to declaration.

Heritage Speakers of Russian

Heritage speakers include those who grew up in Russian speaking families but without a standard Russian language educational background. Heritage speakers may select any major or minor track offered by the department except the minor in Russian language. The unit requirements are the same as for all majors and minors. However, the balance between courses approved for and taken in language and literature/culture may change depending on each student’s language proficiency. The choice of specific courses in language and literature/culture for any respective major or minor track will be determined on an individual basis by the heritage program adviser, Anna Muza, amuza@berkeley.edu. Before enrolling in language courses and declaring a major or minor, heritage speakers are required to take a proficiency/placement test.

Honors Program

Slavic majors with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.3 overall and in courses for the major are invited to consult with members of the faculty and the major adviser in the spring of their junior year about the honors program and a thesis topic. Requirements for the honors program in Slavic include an additional upper division Slavic course chosen by the student and an honors thesis course (SLAVIC H195).

In the honors thesis course, normally taken during the fall semester of the senior year, the student will write a thesis under the direction of a member of the faculty (the thesis director). In order to enroll in SLAVIC H195, students must file an application with the department (available from the undergraduate student services adviser). This application includes a preliminary statement of the thesis topic and the names and signatures of the honors committee—the faculty director and one additional faculty member who also read the completed thesis—and the department chair.

Minors offered by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

The department does not offer a general minor in Slavic Languages and Literatures. Instead, the minor programs offered are specialized based on language and/or literature:
Czech, Polish, or Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (BCS) Language and Literature (Minor only)
Russian Language (Minor only)
Russian Language, Literature, and Culture (Minor only)
Russian Literature (Minor only)

Visit Department Website

Major Requirements

Major Track in Russian/East European/Eurasian Cultures

Lower Division

Four semesters of one language in the area (18-20 units), or equivalents as determined by examination.
SLAVIC 50 1

1

In rare instances, and with permission of the major adviser, it may be possible to substitute another lower division course in the department relevant to the major.

Upper Division

SLAVIC 100Seminar: Russian, East European, and Eurasian Cultures4
SLAVIC 148Topics in Russian Cultural History4
or SLAVIC 158 Topics in East European/Eurasian Cultural History
Select one relevant course in the History Department:4
Russia: Russia to 1700
Russia: Imperial Russia: From Peter the Great to the Russian Revolution
Russia: The Soviet Union, 1917 to the Present
Russian Intellectual History
Topics in the History of Eastern Europe: A History of Poland-Lithuania
Armenia: Armenia from Ethnogenesis to the Dark Ages
Armenia: From Pre-modern Empires to the Present
Select four elective courses from all upper division SLAVIC courses and the following:
Introduction to Central Asia
POL SCI 129B
Course Not Available
Politics and Government in Eastern Europe
1

With permission of the major adviser, students may utilize relevant courses from the following departments: Anthropology, Political Economy, Comparative Literature, Economics, Journalism, Legal Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies. With permission of the major adviser, up to two upper division language courses (taken in addition to the initial four semesters of the same language) may be counted among these four electives. Similarly, up to two lower or upper division language courses in another language relevant to the program of study may be counted.

Major Track in Russian Language and Literature

Students are advised to see the major adviser in advance to prepare an individualized study plan.

Lower Division
First four semesters of Russian
RUSSIAN 1Elementary Russian5
RUSSIAN 2Elementary Russian5
RUSSIAN 3Intermediate Russian5
RUSSIAN 4Intermediate Russian5
SLAVIC 45Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature3
SLAVIC 46Twentieth-Century Russian Literature3
Students may declare the major after completion of SLAVIC 2 and either SLAVIC 45 or SLAVIC 46.
Upper Division
RUSSIAN 103AAdvanced Russian4
RUSSIAN 103BAdvanced Russian4
RUSSIAN 120AAdvanced Russian Conversation and Communication2-3
or RUSSIAN 120B Advanced Russian Conversation and Communication
SLAVIC 100Seminar: Russian, East European, and Eurasian Cultures4
Select one literature course with readings in Russian of the following:4
Readings in Russian Literature
Pushkin
Select one Russian literature course in English translation of the following:4
Literature, Art, and Society in 20th-Century Russia
Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and the English Novel
The Novel in Russia and the West
Gogol
Dostoevsky
Tolstoy
Chekhov
Nabokov
Tolstoy and Dostoevsky
Select one course in culture of the following:4
The Culture of Medieval Rus'
Literature, Art, and Society in 20th-Century Russia
Introduction to Slavic Linguistics
Topics in Russian and Soviet Film
The Performing Arts in Russia and Eastern Europe
Topics in Russian Cultural History
East Slavic Folklore
Balkan Folklore
Polish Literature and Intellectual Trends
SLAVIC 160
Course Not Available
Survey of Yugoslav Literatures
Russian Culture Taught in Russian: Country, Identity, and Language
One upper division elective course in Russian language, literature, or culture (see listings above). Relevant courses from other departments (e.g., History) may be substituted with the permission of the major adviser.4

Major Track in Czech, Polish, or BCS (Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian) Language and Literature 

With advance consultation, students may pursue a major track in Czech, Polish, or BCS (Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian). Advance consultation with the major adviser is critical, since not all required courses are offered each year.

Lower Division
RUSSIAN 1Elementary Russian5
RUSSIAN 2Elementary Russian5
Select two courses in literature and culture:8
Great Books of Russian Literature
Freshman/Sophomore Seminar
Freshman/Sophomore Seminar
Freshman/Sophomore Seminar
Freshman/Sophomore Seminar
Freshman/Sophomore Seminar
Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature
Twentieth-Century Russian Literature
Introduction to Russian/East European/Eurasian Cultures
Select two courses in the target language:8
Introductory Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian
and Introductory Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian
Introductory Polish
and Introductory Polish
Upper Division
SLAVIC 100Seminar: Russian, East European, and Eurasian Cultures4
Select 8 units of intermediate target language:8
Continuing Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian
and Continuing Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian
Continuing Czech
and Continuing Czech
Continuing Polish
and Continuing Polish
Select 3 units of a survey course in the relevant literature: 13
Polish Literature and Intellectual Trends
SLAVIC 160
Course Not Available
Survey of Yugoslav Literatures
Select 7 units of two additional course sequences in the relevant literature in the original languages:7
SLAVIC 151
& SLAVIC 152
Readings in Polish Literature
and Course Not Available
SLAVIC 161
& SLAVIC 162
Course Not Available
and Course Not Available
Readings in Yugoslav Literatures
and Topics in Serbian/Croatian
Select two electives in Russian or European literature and history, chosen in consultation with the major adviser3-4

College Requirements

Undergraduate students in the College of Letters & Science must fulfill the following requirements in addition to those required by their major program.

For detailed lists of courses that fulfill college requirements, please review the College of Letters & Sciences page in this Guide.

Entry Level Writing

All students who will enter the University of California as freshmen must demonstrate their command of the English language by fulfilling the Entry Level Writing requirement. Fulfillment of this requirement is also a prerequisite to enrollment in all reading and composition courses at UC Berkeley. 

American History and American Institutions

The American History and Institutions requirements are based on the principle that a US resident graduated from an American university should have an understanding of the history and governmental institutions of the United States.

American Cultures

American Cultures is the one requirement that all undergraduate students at Cal need to take and pass in order to graduate. The requirement offers an exciting intellectual environment centered on the study of race, ethnicity and culture of the United States. AC courses offer students opportunities to be part of research-led, highly accomplished teaching environments, grappling with the complexity of American Culture.

Quantitative Reasoning

The Quantitative Reasoning requirement is designed to ensure that students graduate with basic understanding and competency in math, statistics, or computer science. The requirement may be satisfied by exam or by taking an approved course.

Foreign Language

The Foreign Language requirement may be satisfied by demonstrating proficiency in reading comprehension, writing, and conversation in a foreign language equivalent to the second semester college level, either by passing an exam or by completing approved course work.

Reading and Composition

In order to provide a solid foundation in reading, writing and critical thinking the College requires two semesters of lower division work in composition in sequence. Students must complete a first-level reading and composition course by the end of their second semester and a second-level course by the end of their fourth semester.

Breadth Requirements

The undergraduate breadth requirements provide Berkeley students with a rich and varied educational experience outside of their major program. As the foundation of a liberal arts education, breadth courses give students a view into the intellectual life of the University while introducing them to a multitude of perspectives and approaches to research and scholarship. Engaging students in new disciplines and with peers from other majors, the breadth experience strengthens interdisciplinary connections and context that prepares Berkeley graduates to understand and solve the complex issues of their day.

Unit Requirements

  • 120 total units, including at least 60 L&S units

  • Of the 120 units, 36 must be upper division units

  • Of the 36 upper division units, 6 must be taken in courses offered outside your major department

Residence Requirements

For units to be considered in "residence," you must be registered in courses on the Berkeley campus as a student in the College of Letters & Science. Most students automatically fulfill the residence requirement by attending classes here for four years. In general, there is no need to be concerned about this requirement, unless you go abroad for a semester or year or want to take courses at another institution or through UC Extension during your senior year. In these cases, you should make an appointment to meet an adviser to determine how you can meet the Senior Residence Requirement.

Note: Courses taken through UC Extension do not count toward residence.

Senior Residence Requirement

After you become a senior (with 90 semester units earned toward your BA degree), you must complete at least 24 of the remaining 30 units in residence in at least two semesters. To count as residence, a semester must consist of at least 6 passed units. Intercampus Visitor, EAP, and UC Berkeley-Washington Program (UCDC) units are excluded.

You may use a Berkeley Summer Session to satisfy one semester of the Senior Residence requirement, provided that you successfully complete 6 units of course work in the Summer Session and that you have been enrolled previously in the college.

Modified Senior Residence Requirement

Participants in the UC Education Abroad Program (EAP) or the UC Berkeley Washington Program (UCDC) may meet a Modified Senior Residence requirement by completing 24 (excluding EAP) of their final 60 semester units in residence. At least 12 of these 24 units must be completed after you have completed 90 units.

Upper Division Residence Requirement

You must complete in residence a minimum of 18 units of upper division courses (excluding EAP units), 12 of which must satisfy the requirements for your major.

Student Learning Goals

Learning Goals for the Major

  1. Communicative and reading competence in at least one of the languages of the area: the major track in Russian Language and Literature requires communicative competence in the Russian language; the major track in Russian/East European/Eurasian Cultures requires communicative competence in one of the languages of the area (to be chosen from regularly taught languages: Armenian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Bulgarian, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, or Russian)
  2. Understanding of the shared linguistic, literary, cultural, and historical experiences that unite and divide the peoples of Russia, East and Central Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia during a millennium including their intermediary position between the “West” and the “East,” participation in large multi-national states and empires, and membership in the Soviet bloc in the twentieth century that is participation in the cultural and political developments that influenced the history of the large part of the world
  3. Solid knowledge of Russian and other major Slavic literatures from the Middle Ages to contemporary times
  4. Understanding of such aspects of the cultures of the area as folklore, film, theater, visual arts, and religious thought
  5. Mastery of writing, research, and analytical skills, including advance skills in expository writing (in English), in interpreting texts, images, and other cultural artifacts (especially, but not exclusively, those pertaining to the cultures of the area). Mastery of 12 techniques of verbal communication, independent research, information analysis, and critical thinking. Slavic majors achieve their learning goals mainly through coursework within the clearly defined, discipline-specific curriculum

Advising

The department provides programmatic and individual advising services to prospective and current students who are pursuing major and minor tracks. Advisers assist with a range of issues including course selection, academic decision-making, achieving personal and academic goals, and maximizing the Berkeley experience.

Students who are looking to explore their options or are ready to declare a major, double major, or minor should contact the undergraduate student services adviser.

Advising Staff and Hours

Kathi Brosnan, issaug@berkeley.edu
6303 Dwinelle Hall
(510) 642-4661
Contact Kathi Brosnan via email to request an appointment. Advising hours are Monday through Friday, 9:30 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Courses

Literature, Linguistics and Culture:

Languages:

Armenian

ARMENI 1A Introductory Armenian 3 Units

Offered through: Slavic Languages and Literatures
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
An introduction to Armenian language and culture, aiming to give students basic competence in all four skills and an introduction to traditional and contemporary Armenian culture.

Introductory Armenian: Read More [+]

ARMENI 1B Introductory Armenian 3 Units

Offered through: Slavic Languages and Literatures
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016
An introduction to Armenian language and culture, aiming to give students basic competence in all four skills and an introduction to traditional and contemporary Armenian culture.

Introductory Armenian: Read More [+]

ARMENI 101A Continuing Armenian 3 Units

Offered through: Slavic Languages and Literatures
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
The purpose of this course is to further develop students' Armenian proficiency in all four language skills, using discussion, oral presentations, written assignments, and a variety of readings (literature, non-fiction, folklore, newspaper articles, etc.) chosen partly for their cultural significance and partly based on student needs and interests. Emphasis on particular skills (e.g. reading)
depending on student needs and interests.
Continuing Armenian: Read More [+]

ARMENI 101B Continuing Armenian 3 Units

Offered through: Slavic Languages and Literatures
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016
The purpose of this course is to further develop students' Armenian proficiency in all four language skills, using discussion, oral presentations, written assignments, and a variety of readings (literature, non-fiction, folklore, newspaper articles, etc.) chosen partly for their cultural significance and partly based on student needs and interests. Emphasis on particular skills (e.g. reading) depending
on student needs and interests.
Continuing Armenian: Read More [+]

ARMENI 102 Advanced Readings in Specialized Armenian 4 Units

Offered through: Slavic Languages and Literatures
Terms offered: Spring 2017
Selected readings in Armenian drawn from a wide range of texts—literature, history, journalism, politics, law, science and technology, business and economics, etc.—tailored to the academic interests of students enrolled.

The course is designed to further develop students’ language skills and to link language competence to the study of the contemporary politics, culture, and society in Armenia and the
Armenian diaspora.

Advanced Readings in Specialized Armenian: Read More [+]

ARMENI 124 Armenian Literature in Social Context 4 Units

Offered through: Slavic Languages and Literatures
Terms offered: Spring 2016
This course covers selected works and topics in Armenian literature treated in a broad socio-cultural context. In addition to introducing students to some of the Armenian literary masterpieces, the course offers a lens through which to view the socio-political issues and historical legacies that shape Armenian culture and identity, in Armenia and in diaspora, in today’s globalized world. Lectures, readings and
discussions in English. No knowledge of Armenian language is required (students with knowledge of Armenian read in the original).
Armenian Literature in Social Context: Read More [+]

ARMENI 126 Armenian Culture and Film 4 Units

Offered through: Slavic Languages and Literatures
Terms offered: Spring 2017
This course examines issues in Armenian culture (folklore, literature, architecture, visual arts, and film), with particular attention to Armenian cultural identity and socio-political movements in today’s Armenia and in diaspora. Lectures, readings and discussions in English. No knowledge of Armenian language is required (students with knowledge of Armenian read in the original).

Armenian Culture and Film: Read More [+]

Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian

BOSCRSR 27A Introductory Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian 4 Units

Offered through: Slavic Languages and Literatures
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Beginner's course. Sequence beginning Fall semester.

Introductory Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian: Read More [+]

BOSCRSR 27B Introductory Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian 4 Units

Offered through: Slavic Languages and Literatures
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016
Beginner's course. Sequence beginning Fall semester.

Introductory Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian: Read More [+]

BOSCRSR 117A Continuing Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian 4 Units

Offered through: Slavic Languages and Literatures
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Sequence begins fall semester.

Continuing Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian: Read More [+]

BOSCRSR 117B Continuing Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian 4 Units

Offered through: Slavic Languages and Literatures
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016
Sequence begins fall semester.

Continuing Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian: Read More [+]

Bulgarian

BULGARI 28A Introductory Bulgarian 5 Units

Offered through: Slavic Languages and Literatures
Terms offered: Prior to 2007
Sequence begins in the fall. Practical instruction in the Bulgarian language with a focus on integrated skills (reading, grammar, conversation). Course offered as staffing permits.

Introductory Bulgarian: Read More [+]

BULGARI 28B Introductory Bulgarian 5 Units

Offered through: Slavic Languages and Literatures
Terms offered: Prior to 2007
Sequence begins in the fall. Practical instruction in the Bulgarian language with a focus on integrated skills (reading, grammar, conversation). Course offered as staffing permits.

Introductory Bulgarian: Read More [+]

BULGARI 118A Continuing Bulgarian 4 Units

Offered through: Slavic Languages and Literatures
Terms offered: Prior to 2007
This course consists of a review of Bulgarian grammar covered in 28A-28B, a thorough presentation of the complex verbal tense-mood system and readings in contemporary Bulgarian prose.

Continuing Bulgarian: Read More [+]

BULGARI 118B Continuing Bulgarian 4 Units

Offered through: Slavic Languages and Literatures
Terms offered: Prior to 2007
This course is a continuation of 118A. It also introduces the question of the relation between Bulgarian and Macedonian and readings in Bulgarian belletristic poetry and prose.

Continuing Bulgarian: Read More [+]

Czech

CZECH 26A Introductory Czech 4 Units

Offered through: Slavic Languages and Literatures
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Beginner's course. Sequence beginning fall.

Introductory Czech: Read More [+]

CZECH 26B Introductory Czech 4 Units

Offered through: Slavic Languages and Literatures
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016
Beginner's course. Sequence beginning fall.

Introductory Czech: Read More [+]

CZECH 116A Continuing Czech 4 Units

Offered through: Slavic Languages and Literatures
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Sequence begins fall semester.

Continuing Czech: Read More [+]

CZECH 116B Continuing Czech 4 Units

Offered through: Slavic Languages and Literatures
Terms offered: Spring 2016
Sequence begins fall semester.

Continuing Czech: Read More [+]

CZECH 163 Advanced Reading Tutorials in Czech 3 Units

Offered through: Slavic Languages and Literatures
Terms offered: Spring 2017
Selected readings in Czech drawn from a wide range of texts—literature, history, science, media and journalism, politics, business and economics, etc.—tailored to the academic interests and language proficiency of students enrolled.

The course is designed to further develop students’ language skills and to link language competence to the study of the contemporary politics, culture, and society in the
Czech Republic and, more broadly, Eastern Europe.

The course is taught in a small group setting. The course requires considerable independent reading at home.

Advanced Reading Tutorials in Czech: Read More [+]

Hungarian

HUNGARI 1A Introductory Hungarian 3 or 4 Units

Offered through: Slavic Languages and Literatures
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Practical instruction in the Hungarian language. The course can be taken for either 3 or 4 units; the additional unit involves language laboratory work and additional written reading assignments.

Introductory Hungarian: Read More [+]

HUNGARI 1B Introductory Hungarian 3 or 4 Units

Offered through: Slavic Languages and Literatures
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016
Practical instruction in the Hungarian language. The course can be taken for either 3 or 4 units; the additional unit involves language laboratory work and additional written reading assignments.

Introductory Hungarian: Read More [+]

HUNGARI 100 Readings in Hungarian 2 Units

Offered through: Slavic Languages and Literatures
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
The purpose of this course is to further develop the student's language proficiency in reading, speaking and writing by using interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communicative modes. Exploration of fascinating aspects of Hungarian culture including elements of literature, contemporary and historical events, pop-culture, and folklore. Students will be able to influence topic selections
according to their personal goals and interests.
Readings in Hungarian: Read More [+]

Polish

POLISH 25A Introductory Polish 4 Units

Offered through: Slavic Languages and Literatures
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Beginner's course. Sequence beginning fall.

Introductory Polish: Read More [+]

POLISH 25B Introductory Polish 4 Units

Offered through: Slavic Languages and Literatures
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016
Beginner's course. Sequence beginning fall.

Introductory Polish: Read More [+]

POLISH 115A Continuing Polish 4 Units

Offered through: Slavic Languages and Literatures
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Sequence begins fall semester.

Continuing Polish: Read More [+]

POLISH 115B Continuing Polish 4 Units

Offered through: Slavic Languages and Literatures
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016
Sequence begins fall semester.

Continuing Polish: Read More [+]

Romanian

ROMANI 1A Introductory Romanian 3 Units

Offered through: Slavic Languages and Literatures
Terms offered: Prior to 2007
The course will focus on reading and comprehension, elementary speaking and writing, providing fundamental grammatical and lexical competence for further language acquisition in Romanian.

Introductory Romanian: Read More [+]

ROMANI 1B Introductory Romanian 3 Units

Offered through: Slavic Languages and Literatures
Terms offered: Prior to 2007
The course will focus on reading and comprehension, elementary speaking and writing, providing fundamental grammatical and lexical competence for further language acquisition in Romanian.

Introductory Romanian: Read More [+]

ROMANI 102A Continuing Romanian 3 Units

Offered through: Slavic Languages and Literatures
Terms offered: Prior to 2007
The purpose of this course is to further develop students' Romanian proficiency in all four language skills, using discussion, oral presentations, written assignments, and a variety of readings (literature, non-fiction, folklore, newspaper articles, etc.) chosen partly for their cultural significance and partly based on student needs and interests. Emphasis on particular skills (e.g., reading) depending on student
needs and interests.
Continuing Romanian: Read More [+]

ROMANI 102B Continuing Romanian 3 Units

Offered through: Slavic Languages and Literatures
Terms offered: Prior to 2007
The purpose of this course is to further develop students' Romanian proficiency in all four language skills, using discussion, oral presentations, written assignments, and a variety of readings (literature, non-fiction, folklore, newspaper articles, etc.) chosen partly for their cultural significance and partly based on student needs and interests. Emphasis on particular skills (e.g., reading) depending on student
needs and interests.
Continuing Romanian: Read More [+]

Russian

RUSSIAN 1 Elementary Russian 5 Units

Offered through: Slavic Languages and Literatures
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Beginner's course.

Elementary Russian: Read More [+]

RUSSIAN 2 Elementary Russian 5 Units

Offered through: Slavic Languages and Literatures
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016

Elementary Russian: Read More [+]

RUSSIAN 3 Intermediate Russian 5 Units

Offered through: Slavic Languages and Literatures
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016

Intermediate Russian: Read More [+]

RUSSIAN 4 Intermediate Russian 5 Units

Offered through: Slavic Languages and Literatures
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Spring 2016

Intermediate Russian: Read More [+]

RUSSIAN 6A Introductory Russian for Heritage Speakers 3 Units

Offered through: Slavic Languages and Literatures
Terms offered: Fall 2015
The course is aimed at "heritage speakers" of Russian, i.e., those who grew up speaking Russian in the family without a full Russian educational and cultural background. These courses are designed for students who have speaking and comprehension ability in Russian but have minimum exposure to writing and reading. This course teaches basic skills of writing, reading, and grammar. 6A focuses on basic writing
and reading ability. 6B introduces further knowledge of grammar and syntax and develops writing skills. Both 6A and 6B include reading and cultural material. (Students with advanced reading proficiency should consider Slavic 114 or Slavic 190.)
Introductory Russian for Heritage Speakers: Read More [+]

RUSSIAN 6B Introductory Russian for Heritage Speakers 3 Units

Offered through: Slavic Languages and Literatures
Terms offered: Spring 2016
The course is aimed at "heritage speakers" of Russian, i.e., those who grew up speaking Russian in the family without a full Russian educational and cultural background. These courses are designed for students who have speaking and comprehension ability in Russian but have minimum exposure to writing and reading. This course teaches basic skills of writing, reading, and grammar. 6A focuses on basic writing
and reading ability. 6B introduces further knowledge of grammar and syntax and develops writing skills. Both 6A and 6B include reading and cultural material. (Students with advanced reading proficiency should consider Slavic 114 or Slavic 190.)
Introductory Russian for Heritage Speakers: Read More [+]

RUSSIAN 10 Elementary Intensive Russian 10 Units

Offered through: Slavic Languages and Literatures
Terms offered: Prior to 2007
This summer session course is equivalent to the first year of Russian language instruction offered at Berkeley. An intensive program designed to develop students' comprehension and conversation skills while presenting the basic grammar of modern, standard Russian. Lectures and films on Russian culture will be arranged.

Elementary Intensive Russian: Read More [+]

RUSSIAN 20 Intermediate Intensive Russian 10 Units

Offered through: Slavic Languages and Literatures
Terms offered: Prior to 2007
This summer session course is equivalent to the second year of Russian language instruction at Berkeley. An intensive program designed to consolidate command of basic grammar and further develop comprehension, speaking, reading and writing skills.

Intermediate Intensive Russian: Read More [+]

RUSSIAN 101 Advanced Russian Phonetics and Oral Performance 1 - 3 Units

Offered through: Slavic Languages and Literatures
Terms offered: Prior to 2007
Aimed at both undergraduate and graduate students, this course helps students to improve their pronunciation, bringing it closer to the native level. The course teaches a whole spectrum of oral speech performance, including phonetics, intonation, and rhetoric, taking into account different functional styles. Course may be taken for 1 unit (5 weeks: basic skills), 2 units (10 weeks: advanced skills) or 3 units
(15 weeks: advanced phonetics and performance).
Advanced Russian Phonetics and Oral Performance: Read More [+]

RUSSIAN 102 Readings in Specialized Russian 3 Units

Offered through: Slavic Languages and Literatures
Terms offered: Prior to 2007
Selected readings in scholarly (scientific and technical), journalistic, and business styles to acquaint the student with the peculiarities of vocabulary, grammar, and phraseology.

Readings in Specialized Russian: Read More [+]

RUSSIAN 103A Advanced Russian 4 Units

Offered through: Slavic Languages and Literatures
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Course covers three main aspects of advanced Russian: grammar, syntax, and reading. Grammar is reviewed. Course taught in Russian.

Advanced Russian: Read More [+]

RUSSIAN 103B Advanced Russian 4 Units

Offered through: Slavic Languages and Literatures
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016
Course covers three main aspects of advanced Russian: grammar, syntax, and reading. Grammar is reviewed. Course taught in Russian.

Advanced Russian: Read More [+]

RUSSIAN 105A Advanced Russian/English/Russian Translation 3 Units

Offered through: Slavic Languages and Literatures
Terms offered: Prior to 2007
Advanced training in both oral and written translation skills covering various areas of politics, business, technology, law, science, and culture. Elements of literary and poetic translation.

Advanced Russian/English/Russian Translation: Read More [+]

RUSSIAN 105B Advanced Russian/English/Russian Translation 3 Units

Offered through: Slavic Languages and Literatures
Terms offered: Spring 2016
Advanced training in both oral and written translation skills covering various areas of politics, business, technology, law, science, and culture. Elements of literary and poetic translation.

Advanced Russian/English/Russian Translation: Read More [+]

RUSSIAN 106A Advanced Russian for Heritage Speakers 3 Units

Offered through: Slavic Languages and Literatures
Terms offered: Prior to 2007
The course is aimed at "heritage speakers" of Russian, i.e., those who grew up speaking Russian in the family without a standard Russian educational background. The advanced course aims at building a sophisticated vocabulary, developing advanced reading ability, formal knowledge of grammar, and complete writing competency. This course fosters student's knowledge and understanding of Russian culture
and society today. (Students with no or rudimentary reading proficiency should consider 6A or 6B by consent of instructor.)
Advanced Russian for Heritage Speakers: Read More [+]

RUSSIAN 106B Advanced Russian for Heritage Speakers 3 Units

Offered through: Slavic Languages and Literatures
Terms offered: Prior to 2007
The course is aimed at "heritage speakers" of Russian, i.e., those who grew up speaking Russian in the family without a standard Russian educational background. The advanced course aims at building a sophisticated vocabulary, developing advanced reading ability, formal knowledge of grammar, and complete writing competency. This course fosters student's knowledge and understanding of Russian culture
and society today. (Students with no or rudimentary reading proficiency should consider 6A or 6B by consent of instructor.)
Advanced Russian for Heritage Speakers: Read More [+]

RUSSIAN 109 Business Russian 3 Units

Offered through: Slavic Languages and Literatures
Terms offered: Prior to 2007
This course is designed for students with a good command of basic Russian who would like to gain the vocabulary of business transactions in Russian to be able to establish actual contacts with Russian businesspeople, to participate in business negotiations, to compile business contracts in Russian, and to read Russian business magazines and newspapers. Elements of the business law of Russia will also be discussed.

Business Russian: Read More [+]

RUSSIAN 120A Advanced Russian Conversation and Communication 2 - 3 Units

Offered through: Slavic Languages and Literatures
Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Aimed at fostering advanced conversation and communication skills, this course explores Russian culture through communication. Contains reading, films, vocabulary building, listening exercises, and speaking activities. The course can be taken for two or three credits; for two credits, attendance is required for two classes per week; for three credits, three classes per week.

Advanced Russian Conversation and Communication: Read More [+]

RUSSIAN 120B Advanced Russian Conversation and Communication 2 - 3 Units

Offered through: Slavic Languages and Literatures
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016
Aimed at fostering advanced conversation and communication skills, this course explores Russian culture through communication. Contains reading, films, vocabulary building, listening exercises, and speaking activities. The course can be taken for two or three credits; for two credits, attendance is required for two classes per week; for three credits, three classes per week.

Advanced Russian Conversation and Communication: Read More [+]

Slavic Languages and Literatures

SLAVIC R5A Reading and Composition 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Reading and composition course based on works of Russian and other Slavic writers, either written in English or translated into English. As students develop strategies of writing and interpretation, they will become acquainted with a particular theme in Russian and/or Slavic literatures and their major voices. R5A satisfies the first half of the Reading and Composition requirement, and R5B satisfies the second half.

Reading and Composition: Read More [+]

SLAVIC R5B Reading and Composition 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session
Reading and composition course based on works of Russian and other Slavic writers, either written in English or translated into English. As students develop strategies of writing and interpretation, they will become acquainted with a particular theme in Russian and/or Slavic literatures and their major voices. R5A satisfies the first half of the Reading and Composition requirement, and R5B satisfies the
second half.
Reading and Composition: Read More [+]

SLAVIC 24 Freshman Seminar 1 Unit

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2014
The Freshman Seminar Program has been designed to provide new students with the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member in a small-seminar setting. Freshman seminars are offered in all campus departments, and topics vary from department to department and semester to semester. Enrollment limited to 15 freshmen.

Freshman Seminar: Read More [+]

SLAVIC 36 Great Books of Russian Literature 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2014, Spring 2014, Spring 2012
Readings in English of representative texts from the Russian literary tradition. Variable topics.

Great Books of Russian Literature: Read More [+]

SLAVIC 39 Freshman/Sophomore Seminar 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017
Freshman and Sophomore seminars offer lower-division students the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member and a group of peers in a small-seminar setting. These seminars are offered in all campus departments; topics vary from department to department and from semester to semester.

Freshman/Sophomore Seminar: Read More [+]

SLAVIC 39C Freshman/Sophomore Seminar 2 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2012
Freshman and Sophomore seminars offer lower-division students the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member and a group of peers in a small-seminar setting. These seminars are offered in all campus departments; topics vary from department to department and from semester to semester. Enrollment limits are set by the faculty, but the suggested limit is 25.

Freshman/Sophomore Seminar: Read More [+]

SLAVIC 39E Freshman/Sophomore Seminar 2 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2010, Spring 2004, Spring 2001
Freshman and Sophomore seminars offer lower-division students the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member and a group of peers in a small-seminar setting. These seminars are offered in all campus departments; topics vary from department to department and from semester to semester. Enrollment limits are set by the faculty, but the suggested limit is 25.

Freshman/Sophomore Seminar: Read More [+]

SLAVIC 39L Freshman/Sophomore Seminar 2 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2009
Freshman and Sophomore seminars offer lower-division students the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member and a group of peers in a small-seminar setting. These seminars are offered in all campus departments; topics vary from department to department and from semester to semester. Enrollment limits are set by the faculty, but the suggested limit is 25.

Freshman/Sophomore Seminar: Read More [+]

SLAVIC 39M Freshman/Sophomore Seminar 2 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2012, Spring 2012
Freshman and Sophomore seminars offer lower-division students the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member and a group of peers in a small-seminar setting. These seminars are offered in all campus departments; topics vary from department to department and from semester to semester. Enrollment limits are set by the faculty, but the suggested limit is 25.

Freshman/Sophomore Seminar: Read More [+]

SLAVIC 39N Freshman/Sophomore Seminar 2 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2013
Freshman and Sophomore seminars offer lower-division students the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member and a group of peers in a small-seminar setting. These seminars are offered in all campus departments; topics vary from department to department and from semester to semester. Enrollment limits are set by the faculty, but the suggested limit is 25.

Freshman/Sophomore Seminar: Read More [+]

SLAVIC 45 Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Nineteenth-century Russian literature, including Pushkin, Lermontov, Gogol, Turgenev, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Chekhov.

The class is taught in English, on the basis of English translations; students with knowledge of Russian are encouraged to do at least some of the reading in the original.

Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature: Read More [+]

SLAVIC 46 Twentieth-Century Russian Literature 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Russian, Soviet and post-Soviet literature from the 1900 to the present viewed in a socio-cultural and political context.

The class is taught in English, on the basis of English translations; students with knowledge of Russian are encouraged to do at least some of the reading in the original.

Twentieth-Century Russian Literature: Read More [+]

SLAVIC 50 Introduction to Russian/East European/Eurasian Cultures 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
This course introduces students to the cultures of the peoples of the former Soviet bloc (Russia and other areas of the former Soviet Union, including Central Asia and the Caucasus, and Eastern Europe), from early times to the present, with the emphasis on cultural identity. Readings in history, fiction, folklore, viewing of films, and art works. Thematic units include: formation of the Russian civilization, Slavic nationalism in the Romantic
era, empire and identity in Eastern/Central Europe; Soviet and post-Soviet daily life, Jews in Slavic lands, the former Yugoslavia; multi ethnic lands. Required of majors in Russian/East European/Eurasian cultures, the course is also aimed at a broad audience. Knowledge of the languages of the area is not required.
Introduction to Russian/East European/Eurasian Cultures: Read More [+]

SLAVIC 98 Directed Group Study 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Group study of selected topics not covered by regularly scheduled courses.

Directed Group Study: Read More [+]

SLAVIC 99 Individual Study 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Supervised independent study for lower division students with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Individual Study: Read More [+]

SLAVIC 100 Seminar: Russian, East European, and Eurasian Cultures 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
An overview of various aspects of cultural history, literature, language, and society of Russia, the former Soviet Union, and Eastern Europe. Variable topics. Course readings include primary texts (literature, film, popular culture, journalism) and scholarly studies. Course work emphasizes students' research. Final research paper or project required.

Seminar: Russian, East European, and Eurasian Cultures: Read More [+]

SLAVIC 100L Advanced Readings in Russian, East European and Eurasian Languages 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2017
Additional readings in the original language to be coordinated with an appropriate upper division lecture course with readings in English offered by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. This includes all courses in the Slavic 130, 140, 150, 160, and 170 and Armenian 120 series. Supervised by the instructor of the lecture course in which the student is also enrolled. Attend lectures and do all assigned written work in the main lecture course and also perform
additional work by reading all or some of the primary texts in the original language.
Advanced Readings in Russian, East European and Eurasian Languages: Read More [+]

SLAVIC 100R Research in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2017
Special research project to be coordinated with an appropriate upper division lecture course offered by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. (This includes courses in the Slavic 130, 140, 150, 160, and 170 series and Armenian 120 series). Supervised by the instructor of the lecture course in which the student is also enrolled. Students attend lectures and do all assigned written work in the main lecture course and also perform additional research.

Research in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies: Read More [+]

SLAVIC 130 The Culture of Medieval Rus' 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2012, Spring 2010, Spring 2007
Introduction to the cultures of East Slavic peoples in the Middle Ages, including history, mythology, Christian religious culture, literature (writing), icon painting, and architecture.

The Culture of Medieval Rus': Read More [+]

SLAVIC 131 Literature, Art, and Society in 20th-Century Russia 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2013
A lecture course examining Russian literature and culture in the 20th century. The course will focus on the interaction of literature, other artistic forms (painting, photography, or film), and broader social and ideological changes in one of the key transitional periods of the 20th century. Periods to be examined include the transition to Communism in the post-revolutionary 20s and the retreat from Communism (the perestroika 80s and the post-Communist
90s). No knowledge of Russian is required.
Literature, Art, and Society in 20th-Century Russia: Read More [+]

SLAVIC 132 Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and the English Novel 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Spring 2012, Spring 2004
A reading of novels by Dostoevsky and Tolstoy along with some relevant English novels. We will look at how the Russian and English novels respond to each other, resemble each other, and differ from each other, especially in their treatment of childhood, family, love, social theory, spirituality, and narrative.

Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and the English Novel: Read More [+]

SLAVIC 133 The Novel in Russia and the West 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2009, Spring 2009
Study of major Russian and Western (European and American) 19th- and 20th-century novels, and their interrelations. Variable reading list. See Department announcement for description.

The Novel in Russia and the West: Read More [+]

SLAVIC 134A Gogol 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2013, Fall 2009, Fall 2006
Gogol's fiction and plays, treated in relation to his life and to developments in Russian and European literature. Extensive outside reading required for this course.

Gogol: Read More [+]

SLAVIC 134C Dostoevsky 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2013
A survey of the writer's principal artistic works, treated in relation to his life and to developments in Russian and European literature. Extensive outside reading required for this course.

Dostoevsky: Read More [+]

SLAVIC 134D Tolstoy 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2014
A survey of the writer's principal artistic works, treated in relation to his life and to developments in Russian and European literature. Extensive outside reading required for this course.

Tolstoy: Read More [+]

SLAVIC 134E Chekhov 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
Studies in the innovative master of modern narrative forms: short story, drama, letter. Extensive exposure to the life and times of Anton Chekhov. Practice in critical approaches to literature and theater. Writing-intensive course.

Chekhov: Read More [+]

SLAVIC 134F Nabokov 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2015, Fall 2010
A thorough examination of Nabokov's work as a novelist, critic, and memoirist. Explores Nabokov's fiction from his European and American periods, his (imagined) relation to literary predecessors, and his construct of an authorial self. Extensive outside reading required for this course.

Nabokov: Read More [+]

SLAVIC 134G Tolstoy and Dostoevsky 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2014, Spring 2009
A reading of major works by Tolstoy and Dostoevsky in the context of Russian and European philosophy and religious thought. Extensive outside reading required. Variable content.

Tolstoy and Dostoevsky: Read More [+]

SLAVIC C137 Introduction to Slavic Linguistics 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2013
An introduction to best practices in applying linguistic analysis to Slavic languages. Development of critical thinking and analytical skills.

Introduction to Slavic Linguistics: Read More [+]

SLAVIC 138 Topics in Russian and Soviet Film 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This course will examine the Russian contribution to film history and theory, with particular attention paid to the role of the cinema in Soviet culture and Russian films complex ties to literary and political movements. Variable topics.

Topics in Russian and Soviet Film: Read More [+]

SLAVIC C139 Language Spread 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2013, Spring 2010, Spring 2006
Linguistic background and the general principles of language spread. Mechanisms of language spread, including creolization-decreolization, language planning, and the role of bilingualism. Case studies in language spread, including Austronesian, Indo-European, Amerindian, Uralic, African, Sinitic, and Australian languages. Relationship of language spread to immigration and culture spreads.

Language Spread: Read More [+]

SLAVIC 140 The Performing Arts in Russia and Eastern Europe 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2010, Fall 2009, Fall 2008
The course will examine the Russian and East European contribution to the practice and theory of the performing arts, especially (but not exclusively) theater. The course emphasizes the involvement of the performing arts in the social and cultural fabric.

The Performing Arts in Russia and Eastern Europe: Read More [+]

SLAVIC 147A East Slavic Folklore 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2012, Spring 2011
Folktales, epic songs, customs, and beliefs of Russians and Ukrainians.

East Slavic Folklore: Read More [+]

SLAVIC 147B Balkan Folklore 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2014, Spring 2012
Folktales, epic songs, customs, and beliefs of the South Slavs and other Balkan peoples.

Balkan Folklore: Read More [+]

SLAVIC 148 Topics in Russian Cultural History 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2013, Spring 2011, Spring 2009
This course examines various dimensions of Russian culture--social, political, artistic, literary--in public and private life. The theory and method of cultural studies will be addressed, as well as concrete historical material pertaining to Russia. Topic and period variable. Instruction and texts in English, but students with a working knowledge of Russian are encouraged to do some reading in the original.

Topics in Russian Cultural History: Read More [+]

SLAVIC 150 Polish Literature and Intellectual Trends 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2014, Fall 2012, Fall 2011
A survey of the major writers, works, and trends of the Polish literary tradition from the Middle Ages to the present. Special attention devoted to the Renaissance, the age of Romanticism, and the modern period. No knowledge of Polish required.

Polish Literature and Intellectual Trends: Read More [+]

SLAVIC 151 Readings in Polish Literature 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2012, Fall 2010, Fall 2009
Selected readings in Polish tailored to the academic interests of students enrolled.

Readings in Polish Literature: Read More [+]

SLAVIC 158 Topics in East European/Eurasian Cultural History 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2014
This course examines various dimensions of different East European and Eurasian (Central Asia, the Caucasus, Siberia) cultures (history, society, languages, literature, art). Variable topics. Instruction and readings in English; students with knowledge of the languages of the area are encouraged to do some reading in the original language.

Topics in East European/Eurasian Cultural History: Read More [+]

SLAVIC 170 Survey of Yugoslav Literatures 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2013, Fall 2011
Outline of major developments in Serbian (including Montenegrin) and Croatian (including Dalmatian) literatures from the beginnings to the present. No knowledge of Serbian/Croatian required.

Survey of Yugoslav Literatures: Read More [+]

SLAVIC 171 Readings in Yugoslav Literatures 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2013, Fall 2011
Selected readings in Serbian/Croatian, tailored to the academic interests of students enrolled.

Readings in Yugoslav Literatures: Read More [+]

SLAVIC 172 Topics in Serbian/Croatian 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Fall 2014, Spring 2013
Studies in Serbian/Croatian literatures, linguistics, or conversation, depending on the needs of the students enrolled.

Topics in Serbian/Croatian: Read More [+]

SLAVIC 181 Readings in Russian Literature 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Fall 2013, Spring 2012
Study and analysis of the development of the Russian literary language and short fiction from the eighteenth century to the present.

Readings in Russian Literature: Read More [+]

SLAVIC 182 Pushkin 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2012, Spring 2010
A survey of the writer's principal artistic works, treated in relation to his life and to developments in Russian and European literature.

Pushkin: Read More [+]

SLAVIC 190 Russian Culture Taught in Russian: Country, Identity, and Language 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Fall 2015
Based on a wide range of sources from the 19th and 20th centuries--works of fiction, publicistics, personal documents--the course will trace the formation and historical transformation of Russian cultural identity, including issues in national identity, ethnicity, position in relation to state, gender, and sexuality. The class is aimed at students with advanced knowledge of Russian, both Americans studying Russian and Russians living in America.
All readings, lectures, and discussions in Russian.
Russian Culture Taught in Russian: Country, Identity, and Language: Read More [+]

SLAVIC H195 Honors Seminar 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Study and research on a topic selected by the student in consultation with the faculty adviser, to culminate in the writing of a thesis. See departmental description of the Honors Program.

Honors Seminar: Read More [+]

SLAVIC 198 Supervised Group Study for Undergraduates 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Supervised cooperative study of topics (in Slavic and East European languages and literatures) not covered by regularly scheduled courses.

Supervised Group Study for Undergraduates: Read More [+]

SLAVIC 199 Supervised Independent Study and Research 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016

Supervised Independent Study and Research: Read More [+]

Faculty and Instructors

+ Indicates this faculty member is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Faculty

Ronelle Alexander, Professor. Slavic languages & literatures, Balkan Slavic dialectology, Balkan linguistics, language contact, oral tradition, Parry-Lord theory of oral composition, South Slavic epic singers, issues of language and identity.
Research Profile

David A. Frick, Professor. Slavic languages & literatures.
Research Profile

Lyubov (Luba) Golburt, Associate Professor. Pushkin, Russian literature and art of the 18th and 19th centuries; Derzhavin, Turgenev; history and literature; historical novel.
Research Profile

Darya Kavitskaya, Associate Professor. Phonological theory, opacity, contrast, Slavic phonology, phonetics/phonology interface, field linguistics (Slavic, Turkic, Uralic).
Research Profile

Eric Naiman, Professor. Sexuality, history, comparative literature, Slavic language, ideological poetics, history of medicine, Soviet culture, the gothic novel.
Research Profile

Anne Nesbet, Associate Professor. Culture, film studies, Slavic languages, early Soviet culture, Sergei Eisenstein, silent film, Soviet film, GDR history, children's literature & Stalinism, the Soviet Union, American minority movements.
Research Profile

Irina Paperno, Professor. Russian language and literature, intellectual history.
Research Profile

Harsha Ram, Associate Professor. Russian and European romanticism and modernism, Russian and European avant-gardes, Russian, European, Near Eastern and South Asian poetic traditions, Indian literature, Italian literature, Georgian history and literature, theories of world literature, literary theory, comparative poetics, genre theory, literary history, comparative modernisms and modernities, vernacular and high culture, cultural and political history of Russia-Eurasia and the Caucasus, postcolonial studies, theories of nationalism, imperialism and cosmopolitanism, the city and literature.
Research Profile

Lecturers

Milutin Janjic, Lecturer.

Ellen R. Langer, Lecturer.

Lisa C. Little, Lecturer.

Anna Muza, Senior Lecturer.

Hasmig Seropian, Lecturer.

Eva Soos Szoke, Lecturer.

Katarzyna Zacha, Lecturer.

Emeritus Faculty

Joan Grossman, Professor Emeritus. Slavic languages and literatures, Russian symbolism and decadence viewed especially as a cultural process, questions of literary evolution, and Russian modernism.
Research Profile

Olga Hughes, Professor Emeritus. Slavic languages and literatures, literature and culture of the 20th century, Pasternak, Tsvetaeva, Remizov, autobiographical prose, history and literature of Russian emigration, Russian literary developments and cultural life of the early 20th century.
Research Profile

+ Robert P. Hughes, Professor Emeritus. Critical theory, comparative literature, Slavic languages and literatures, Pushkin, Russian and European modernism, Russian poetry, Nabokov, Russian prose in the 1920s, Khodasevich's poetry, forms of autobiography, Andrei Belyi.
Research Profile

Olga Matich, Professor Emeritus. Slavic languages and literatures, Russian symbolism and post-Stalin literature, women in Russian literature, Zinaida Gippius, Russian emigre literature, conceptualization of love in Russian culture, theory and practice of private life.
Research Profile

Hugh Mclean, Professor Emeritus. Slavic languages and literatures, prose fiction of the 19th century (Gogol, Tolstoy; Kushchevskij, Leskov, Chekhov), Zoshchenko, and poetry (Majakovskij).
Research Profile

Johanna Nichols, Professor Emeritus. Slavic languages & literatures, Slavic languages, syntax, historical linguistics, typology, including historical typology, linguistic geography and areal linguistics, languages of northern Eurasia, particularly languages of the Caucasus.
Research Profile

Walter Schamschula, Professor Emeritus. Slavic languages and literatures, influences of cultural contacts on Czech literatures, especially Germanic, movement and migration of literary themes and topics in Europe, Czech cultural history & theory of literature, theory and practice of translation.
Research Profile

Alan Timberlake, Professor Emeritus. Slavic languages and literatures, descriptive grammar of Russian, chronicles.
Research Profile

Contact Information

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

issa@berkeley.edu

Phone: 510-642-2979

Fax: 510-642-6220

Visit Department Website

Department Chair

Irina Paperno, PhD

6215 Dwinelle Hall

ipaperno@berkeley.edu

Undergraduate Faculty Adviser

Darya Kavitskaya, PhD

6219 Dwinelle Hall

dkavitskaya@berkeley.edu

Undergraduate Student Services Adviser

Kathi Brosnan

6303 Dwinelle Hall

Phone: 510-642-4661

issaug@berkeley.edu

Back to Top