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Welcome to the Slavic Department!

First established as the Department of Slavonic Languages in 1915 and redesigned as the Department of East European Languages in 1935, the Department of Slavic Languages embarked on its present trajectory in 1946, when a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation permitted the establishment of the Russian (now Harriman) Institute. Consequently, it was necessary for the Department to expand its language offerings. At present, the Department offers five Slavic languages— Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Czech, Polish, Russian, and Ukrainian.

On our website, you can find out more about our faculty, our students, and our undergraduate and graduate offerings in Russian, Ukrainian, Czech, Polish, and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian languages, literatures, and cultures. Click here for a list of Fall 2021 courses conducted in English with no prerequisites, or check us out on Facebook.

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The Department of Slavic Languages at Columbia University condemns Russia’s war against the sovereignty of Ukraine.  We express our solidarity with Ukraine, its democratically-elected government, and with people everywhere who strive for freedom and peace.  We honor Russian citizens who oppose this war.  We call on the academic community to stand firmly against Russia’s military attacks on the Ukrainian state and its civilians.  We express our sympathy and support for members of our community affected by this crisis.

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Many listeners have asked Masha about her pronunciation of Kyiv (it sounds like Cave).

The Presidential Awards for Outstanding Teaching were established in 1996 as a way to honor the University’s best teacher

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Selected Publications

Postmodern Crises: From Lolita to Pussy Riot

Postmodern Crises: From Lolita to Pussy Riot

Mark Lipovetsky
Homo Scriptor

Homo Scriptor

Mark Lipovetsky
Юрій Шевчук. Мовна шизофренія. Quo Vadis Україно? (Linguistic Schizophrenia. Whither Ukraine?)

Юрій Шевчук. Мовна шизофренія. Quo Vadis Україно? (Linguistic Schizophrenia. Whither Ukraine?)

Yuri Shevchuk
Animal Farm

Animal Farm (George Orwell)

Animal Farm (George Orwell) translated into Ukrainian by Yuri Shevchek