Slavic Languages

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About the Slavic Languages Program

The UWM Slavic Languages Program is devoted to the study of the languages and cultures of Russia and Poland, as well as the broader Slavic world. We offer a full complement of courses in the Polish and Russian languages, from the introductory to the highly-advanced, including courses for native and heritage speakers. We also teach courses on Russian and Polish literature, film, and cultural history. Our former and current students put their knowledge of Slavic languages and cultures to use in a variety of professions. This knowledge comes in particularly handy in the Milwaukee area, which is home to one of the country's largest populations of Russian speakers, not to mention a huge, tightly knit community of people of Polish heritage.

Degree Programs

The Russian Major and Russian Minor prepare students for careers in a wide range of fields, from civil service to the arts, by providing them a strong foundation in Russian language and culture. Majors complete the introductory language sequence (four semesters) and 30 credits in advanced Russian language, literature, film, history, and culture courses; Minors complete the introductory language sequence and 18 credits of additional Russian or Russia-related courses of their choosing. Students with prior knowledge of Russian can test out of part or all of the introductory language sequence. In addition to the Russian degree programs, students can opt to design their own course of study and pursue a Slavic studies degree through the Committee Interdisciplinary Degree Program.

Students in other degree programs and members of the community not enrolled in a degree program can also enter the Russian and East European Studies Certificate Program, which focuses on training in Slavic and other East European languages and societies. All students who complete the requirements for the Russian Major and Minor also receive the REES Certificate.

The U.S. Department of State has designated Russian a "Critical Language," and the federal government funds dozens of scholarship and grant programs aimed at increasing the number of American students studying Russian. These include scholarships and grants for study abroad in Russia, as well as financial aid incentives for Russian Majors. We put great emphasis on helping our students to take advantage of these resources as they pursue the study of Russian.

Study Abroad

Slavic Languages is home to UWM's oldest summer study abroad program. For 28 years, Professor Michael Mikoś has been taking UWM students to Poland to study Polish language and culture in situ. The Catholic University in Lublin has hosted UWM's five-week summer course since 1982. This five-credit program provides up to 100 hours of Polish language at beginning, intermediate or advanced levels, as well as additional lectures and excursions. UWM students can also study in Poland for a semester or year through other university programs.

We strongly encourage Russian Majors and Minors to complete a study abroad experience in Russia as part of their Russian degree program — be it a few weeks over the summer or an academic year. Students can choose from dozens of study abroad programs according to their needs and interests. Transfer credits from an approved study abroad program can be counted toward the Russian degree requirements, and our students have transferred credits from universities in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Saratov in recent years.

Faculty and Staff

Michael Mikoś, Professor of Polish, Ph.D., Brown University

Joe Peschio, Associate Professor of Russian, Ph.D., University of Michigan

Nina Familiant, Lecturer, Ph.D.

Meghan Murphy-Lee, Lecturer, Ph.D., University of Kansas