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Great news! Our department now offers a new minor. Official announcement here.

Interdisciplinary Minor in East Central European Studies (ECES)
This program will offer students the opportunity for the integrated, interdisciplinary study of the history, politics, language, literature, and culture of this important strategic region, which includes the Baltic states, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Serbia, Slovak Republic, and Ukraine.  These nations share a complicated history but also possess their own regional identity and unique culture and languages. East Central Europe is its own region of study with a history at the edge and, at the same time, the core of European politics and culture. Managing the challenges and opportunities there will be increasingly high on the international agenda in years ahead.

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The Daily Pennsylvanian research of Penn's professors's teaching, based on Penn Course Review data, showed that our language programs coordinator, Maria Alley, is the twelfth-highest rated teacher at Penn out of 1,730 Penn professors in terms of instructor quality, with a 3.9 overall rating. Very impressive and certainly well deserved! Congratulations!

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The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pennsylvania is home to a diverse group of scholars and students joined in the study of the languages and literatures of Russia (our central focus), the Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, the Balkan and Baltics regions and other past and present territories and states of those regions. The Slavic Department offers course work in all of these areas, as well as a selection of undergraduate majors and minors and a language certificate in Russian. Although we do not currently offer a Ph.D. in Slavic, we participate in graduate programs in Comparative Literature and History and we offer a graduate certificate in Russian Literature, Culture and History. We sponsor a great number of events related to our areas of study throughout the year—in particular our film series, our annual undergraduate research conference (the Slavic Bazaar) and annual faculty colloquium (the Penn Slavic Symposium). Many members of our faculty participate as well in the Faculty Working Group on Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies . For more information on all of these topics, please explore our site.


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  •   Congratulations to all our graduating majors and minors! We are very proud of all of you and wish you all the best in your new life chapter!