Welcome to the Department of Slavic Languages!

Georgetown University’s Department of Slavic Languages is committed to fostering cross-cultural understanding in the global community by educating students who are linguistically and culturally competent users of Russian, Polish and Ukrainian. Focusing on the integration of language into the humanities and social sciences, the Department prepares students to meet the challenges of an increasingly complex and interdependent world.

The Department provides content-based instruction in Russian, Ukrainian and Polish and a wide variety of courses in Russian literature, culture and linguistics, taught both in Russian and in English. We offer an undergraduate major in Russian and two different minors, contribute to undergraduate general education in the humanities and the social sciences, anchor the literature/culture concentration for the M.A. degree in Russian Area Studies, and welcome all other students interested in our courses. For a fuller description, click on the About link above.


Ksenia Turkova, linguist, journalist (Voice of America) will give a talk on the “words of the year (2021) in Russian media

Wednesday, Jan. 19. 3.30 – 4.45 pm via Zoom. For the Zoom link, please write to Prof. Fedorova “Foreign agent”, “excess deaths”, and “Grandpa in the bunker”. How the words of the year reflect the current situation in Russia? 

About the speaker: https://www.hermiona-education.com/Experts/ksenia?fbclid=IwAR30rV3dTG5W5Z0rBMOJE9gGWXpms3e61PuebmD3gvG7f-68e4Z7DdtDHl8 (new window)


Each year different countries sum up the vocabulary of the year – they choose the words and expressions that reflect the political situation and social trends. 2021 was another Covid-heavy year, that’s why the word “vaccine” was one the most popular words in different countries. However, the vocabulary of 2021 in Russia demonstrates some other trends. One of them is the ongoing repressions against opposition and independent media. Among the words of the year are пытки (torture); репрессия (repression); задержание (detention); иностранный агент (“foreign agent”); дворец Путина (Putin’s palace), and берлинский пациент (Berlin patient) aka Alexei Navalny. (in English, with examples in Russian)

ASEEES 2021 Convention – New Orleans, LA

December 7th, 2021

Faculty of the Slavic Languages Department actively participated in the ASEEES 2021 Convention held on November 18 -21, 2021 (in-person) in New Orleans, LA, and on December 1-3, 2021 (Virtual)

Russia Brief: Soviet Nostalgia

November 19th, 2021

Prof . Gorski will participate in the CERES webinar on Soviet Nostalgia on December 2 , 2021 via Zoom @ 11am to 12pm . Registration link can be found here…

The Post-Soviet Novel as World Literature

November 3rd, 2021

Presenter : Bradley Gorski , Assistant Professor of Slavic Literature Responder : Elliott Colla , Associate Professor and Chair , Department of Arabic and Islamic…

Russian Placement Test

June 15th, 2021

Russian placement test will be administered from July 15 through August 10 , 2021 . In order to sign up for the testing , students should contact Prof . Milla Fedor…

No upcoming events are scheduled.