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.

The Department of Slavic Languages of Georgetown University condemns Russia’s military assault on Ukraine

As educators, we understand our responsibility to resist national discord and historical revanchism. We and many of our students have friends and families both in Ukraine and Russia. Some of them are currently suffering from the military actions and some are detained for participation in anti-war marches. Families in Ukraine see their children volunteering to battle for their country, while families in Russia are terrified that their sons face forced drafting. Now it is more important than ever to think separately about the state leaders and individual people with their culture, language and literature. We encourage our students to reach out to us for support during this crisis. We stand with Ukraine and all the people in Russia who oppose this war. 

Announcements

Russian Oral Proficiency Exam

October 27th, 2022

Students are given a news article of about one page in length and have 20 minutes to read it and prepare to discuss it.  They are not allowed to use any dictionaries, online or otherwise, or…

Congratulations to Prof. Jill Neuendorf!

June 7th, 2022

Prof. Jill Neuendorf received first place in the third annual International Film Translation Contest “Babylon V,” which took place on May 21, 2022 in Russia. The contest was organized by several…

Congratulations to Prof. Iwona Sadowska!

May 31st, 2022

Congratulations to Prof. Iwona Sadowska on the 2022 Faculty of Languages and Linguistics (FLL) Summer Academic Research Grant! Professor Sadowska’s academic grant will support her research project…