About Us

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Virginia is engaged in teaching and research on the languages, literatures and cultures of Russia and Eastern Europe. Particular strengths of the Department include:

  • Nineteenth- century Russian literature
  • Twentieth-century Russian literature
  • Polish language and literature
  • Slavic cultures
  • Russian language pedagogy

With seven full-time members and five affiliated members, the faculty of the Slavic Department represents a broad spectrum of scholarly interest and expertise. The Department offers two undergraduate majors (including adistinguished majors program ) leading to the B.A. and two undergraduate minors. The Department’s graduate programs include two M.A. tracks and a full course of studies leading to the Ph.D.

The Slavic Department was originally part of the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages, but became an independent department in the College of Arts and Sciences in 1971. Founded in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson, the University of Virginia is distinctive among institutions of higher education in the United States; it is both public and highly selective. The University is located in Charlottesville, a vital community with rich traditions and a thriving cultural life, located about 120 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. The University is consistently rated one of the top public institutions in the nation.