The Slavic Department offers students the opportunity to study the languages, literatures, and cultures of Russia and Eastern Europe, including Poland, Ukraine, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Serbia and Croatia. During Fall and Spring terms, the department offers courses in Russian, Polish, Slovak, and Ukrainian, and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian. Prospective Slavic Studies majors include students whose primary interest is language or literature, students who wish to enhance their career opportunities, students who have an interest in Central and East European politics and culture, and students with a desire to explore their ethnic heritage.

Slavic Studies majors may choose to double-major in another discipline in Arts & Sciences. They may continue their studies in graduate or professional school, or go on to careers in law, engineering, business and government. The study of Russian and other Slavic languages is particularly valuable when working in local institutions, politics, business, health-related professions, and the media because of the great number of people who trace their roots to the various Slavic nations of Central and Eastern Europe."