Departments & Programs

Slavic Languages and Literatures


The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures (SLAV) offers courses that meet a wide range of needs and interests in Russian, Polish, Czech, Serbian and Croatian, Ukrainian, and Romanian.

Advanced language courses are not only for the department's majors, but also for students specializing in other disciplines, particularly in the social sciences, natural sciences, and other languages and literatures. The department offers literature, culture, and film courses that require no knowledge of a Slavic or East European language and that can be taken by any student interested in the Russian, Slavic, and East European area.

There is an intensive program during the summer that allows coverage of a full year of Russian and other Slavic and East European languages in eight weeks. By attending two such summer sessions in conjunction with a regular course of study, students can cover four years of Russian in two, or two years of another Slavic or East European language in one. Admission to the Summer Workshop in Slavic, East European, and Central Asian Languages is by application.

To ensure proper placement in language courses at all levels, transfer students and those who return to the study of a departmental language after a lapse of time are required to take a placement examination administered by the department prior to enrolling in a language course.

Majors and prospective majors are urged to consult early with the departmental academic advisor concerning the possibility of double majors and the scheduling of strong minors.

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures is affiliated with the new School of Global and International Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, dedicated to providing Indiana University undergraduates with the intellectual tools they will need to live, work, and thrive in the globalized world of the twenty-first century. Degree programs associated with SGIS emphasize language proficiency, cultural competency, and in-depth training in qualitative and quantitative methodologies. SGIS students will enjoy unparalleled access to a stellar faculty and career-focused advising. For further information regarding the mission, structure and resources of the School of Global and International Studies see

Majors, Minors, and Programs

Contact Information

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Indiana University
Ballantine Hall 502
1020 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405-7103

(812) 855-2608
iuslavic [at] indiana [dot] edu