Slavic Languages & Literatures

College of Arts and Sciences

A B.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures provides a well-rounded understanding of Russia, Eastern and Central Europe and the former Soviet Union through a study of their languages and an exploration of their literatures and cultures. The Department offers four years of Russian language instruction; its enrollment for first-year Russian is the highest in the nation. Maintaining close ties with the Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies program in the Jackson School of International Studies, several faculty have joint and adjunct appointments in these and other departments and programs.

Major category: Open

Minor available

Curricular options: Eastern European Languages, Literatures, & Culture , Russian Language, Literature, & Culture

Topic: Arts

Applicant type


Freshmen can apply to the UW to begin autumn quarter or winter quarter (U.S. applicants only)

Slavic Languages and Literatures is an open major. You may declare this major at any time after enrolling at the UW as long as you are in good academic standing. Visit the department website for more information.

Read more about applying to the UW as a freshman, including details for programs that provide high school students with college credit (like Running Start).


Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission. Use the information below to help you prepare for this degree

Department admission information

  • Departmental application deadline: Students in good academic standing may declare the major at any time, including on their application for admission to the UW.
  • Please contact the department for details about the application process.

Students are strongly encouraged to prepare for the major before transfer.

Courses recommended for the major:

  • First- and second-year Russian or Eastern European Language
  • Courses that develop writing skills

Entering transfer information:

Total undergraduates: 1
Total from Washington community colleges: 0

Career outcomes