Global May Program

The Ohio State University Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures is dedicated to researching and teaching the languages, literatures and cultures of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe. Our nationally and internationally recognized faculty members are at the forefront of the field in terms of scholarship, and they guide students of all levels and backgrounds in their pursuit to understand the rich cultures and languages of the region.

By the Numbers

Faculty: 10

Language Programs

Russian, Czech, Polish, Romanian and Bosnian-Croation-Serbian

Summer Study Abroad Programs

  • Russian Culture and Society in St. Petersburg and Moscow
  • Global May Hungary

Cultural Courses

Literature, film, culture, folklore, linguistics and second language acquisition

Undergraduate Programs

  • Russian major/minor
  • Slavic minor

Graduate Programs

  • MA/PhD
  • Premier comprehensive programs in Slavic literature, culture and film, as well as Slavic linguistics

Opportunities for Cross-Disciplinary Study

Department students may work with faculty in diverse disciplines, such as history, political science, anthropology, linguistics, comparative studies, film studies, Modern Greek, Turkish, Yiddish and many more. Students may include faculty from across the university in their exam and dissertation committees. 

Graduate Course Offerings

Offerings appeal to a broad range of intellectual interests, from Russian Golden Age Literature and the Russian Novel to Gendering the Nation in Russian Film and Slavic Synchronic Linguistics. 


The department emphasizes the importance of mentoring graduate students in their research teaching and career preparation. In addition to financial support, the department provides extensive teacher training, career workshops and resources for professional development. 

PhD Outcomes

With a successful record of securing both academic and non-academic employment, department PhD graduates have secured positions at East Carolina University, University of Hawaii – Manoa, University of Kansas, and College of William and Mary, and in various government agencies and NGOs.

Student Advising

Faculty, staff and graduate teaching associates are committed to enriching the undergraduate experience both inside and outside the classroom by helping students explore career possibilities, arranging internships, and sponsoring a host of extra-curricular activities, such as talent shows, language tables, and film series.

Heritage Students

The department welcomes students who acquired their languages abilities during their youth or are exposed to the languages in their family. 

The Russian Major

Russian language and culture training can be an important asset in future job searches. This is enhanced when the Russian major is combined with another major, such as economics, political science, engineering or mathematics. 

Ongoing Weekly Events

Slavic Linguistics Forum, Slavic Literature and Culture Forum, Talent Show — Kapustnik, Russian Table, Bosnian/ Croatian/Serbian Table, Polish Table and Russian Film Series. 

Student Resources

Students at all levels have access to resources that support excellence in Slavic studies: the Center for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies, (one of just a few such fully-funded centers in the nation); the East European and Slavic Library and the Hilandar Research Library/ Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies. 

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