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Slavic Languages and Literatures

Emeriti: (Professors) Joseph Frank,* Richard D. Schupbach, Joseph A. Van Campen

Chair: Gregory Freidin

Director of Graduate Studies: Lazar Fleishman

Director of Undergraduate Studies: Gabriella Safran

Professors: Lazar Fleishman, Gregory Freidin

Associate Professors: Monika Greenleaf, Gabriella Safran

Senior Lecturer: Rima Greenhill

Lecturer: Eugenia Khassina

Visiting Professor: Alan Timberlake, William Bonsall Visiting Professor in the Humanities

* Recalled to active duty.

Department Offices: Building 240, Room 102

Mail Code: 94305- 2006

Phone: (650) 723-4438


Web Site:

Courses offered by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures have the subject codes SLAVGEN, SLAVLANG, and SLAVLIT. Courses in Slavic General are listed in the "Slavic General [SLAVGEN] Courses" section of this bulletin. Courses in Slavic Language are listed in the "Slavic Language [SLAVLANG] Courses" section of this bulletin. Courses in Slavic Literature are listed in the "Slavic Literature [SLAVLIT] Courses" section of this bulletin.

The Department supports coordinated study of Russian language, literature, literary and cultural history, theory, and criticism. The department's programs may also be combined with the programs in Russian, East European and Eurasian history, Jewish Studies, Film Studies (Russian and East-European film), modern Russian theater, International Relations, Stanford's Overseas Studies, the Special Languages Program, and the Honors Program in Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities.

A full undergraduate program provides a choice of several tracks leading to a B.A. (with a Major or a Minor) or to a B.A. with Honors. The department offers a full graduate program leading to an M.A. in Russian and Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures. Stanford undergraduates are eligible to apply to the department for a co-terminal B.A./M.A. degree. Students in the department's Ph.D. program are required to choose among Minor programs in other national literatures, linguistics, Russian, East European, and Eurasian history, Jewish Studies, art and music history, theater, or film studies; they may design their own Minor, choose the "related field" option, or participate in the Graduate Program in Humanities leading to the joint Ph.D. degree in Slavic Languages and Literatures and Humanities.

The Department runs a colloquium series, which brings distinguished speakers to Stanford, and organizes international conferences and symposia; and since 1987 maintains, a continuing publication series, Stanford Slavic Studies. Along with the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, the department offers qualified undergraduates summer grants (on a competitive basis) for intensive Russian language instruction in accredited programs in Russia and the US.

Improving cultural understanding is a critical part of the department's mission, and we offer a full range of courses at all levels, from Freshman and Sophomore Seminars devoted to Russian literature, music and visual arts that do not require specialized knowledge to advanced research seminars for graduate students. The Slavic theme house, Slavianskii Dom, serves as an undergraduate residence for many students in the program and often hosts program-related activities. Undergraduates may also choose to study in Moscow through the Stanford Overseas Studies Program. Our undergraduate program has attracted students seeking careers in journalism, business, international relations, law, and human rights, as well as academia. Russian is still the lingua franca over the vast territory of the former Soviet Union, and a good command of this language offers a gateway to Eurasia's diverse cultures, ethnicities, economies, and religions, including Buddhism, Judaism, and Islam.

Stanford students are in a privileged position in relation to Russian and, more broadly, East European and Eurasian Studies, because of Stanford's tremendous faculty resources that are without peer in the US. Green Library and the Hoover Institution libraries and archives possess the premiere Russian and East European collections, which our undergraduates and graduate students use in their research. Our students master a difficult language and a rich and challenging literature, and are rewarded by gaining entry into a unique, powerful, and diverse civilization that defined major trends in the past century and plays an increasingly significant role in the world today.

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