The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures offers courses that count toward the Russian major in the fall and spring terms. Russian language courses are also taught in the Summer Language Institute (SLI) at Pitt. Prospective majors in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures include: students who are primarily interested in language or literature, students who wish to enhance their career opportunities in a unique way, students who have an interest in the politics and culture of Russia and Eastern Europe, and students with a desire to explore their ethnic heritage. For students interested in interdisciplinary area studies, the Russian and East European Studies (REES) certificate, offered through UCIS, is an attractive complement to a major or minor in the Slavic department.

The SLI, which is offered in June, July and the first part of August, provides intensive courses that cover an entire year of study at the first- through fourth-year levels of Russian language. There are also study abroad courses available at the SLI in which students spend half of the program in Pittsburgh and half in Moscow, Russia. For prospective majors, the SLI affords the opportunity to rapidly increase language proficiency in order to qualify for advanced courses, study abroad programs or research opportunities. Students pursuing our Russian major and our BCS, Polish and Slovak minors, as well as those studying Ukrainian in our department, often find that the SLI enables them to make greater and more rapid progress toward meeting their language-learning goals, both with and without a study abroad experience.