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)

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Quarters of general admission to UW: autumn / winter (U.S. applicants only) / spring

Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission.

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  • Use the UW Equivalency Guide to find out how courses taken at a Washington state community or technical college will transfer to the UW.
  • UW college and school graduation requirements

Department admission information

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Admission to this major is open. Students in good academic standing can declare this major at any time.

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

Read more about applying to the UW as a transfer student.

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

Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):

3.75 – 4.00: 0
3.50 – 3.74: 0
3.25 – 3.49: 0
3.00 – 3.24: 0
2.75 – 2.99: 0
2.50 – 2.74: 0
2.49 and below: 0

Career outcomes