The program in Slavic Studies at West Virginia University provides a broad-based understanding of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. The curriculum provides sufficient depth to provide a foundation for graduate study in one of the disciplinary areas of Slavic Studies and sufficient breadth to provide a meaningful liberal arts degree. The program is interdisciplinary in nature, and includes courses in foreign languages, history, political science, and economics.
The demand of government and industry for specialists in Russian and East European area studies has expanded in recent years. This program prepares graduates for a variety of positions in this market. Although the major is interdisciplinary, faculty members work closely with individual students to provide academic counseling and job referral. The program also offers extracurricular activities designed to develop an appreciation for Slavic culture and society.
Students must fulfill all University and Eberly College of Arts and Sciences degree requirements. Students must have the equivalent of two years of Russian. A GPA of 2.0 is required for admission and graduation.
A major in Slavic Studies requires 30 hours of concentrated course work, which must include History 417 and 418; Russian 301 and 302 or 303 and 304; Political Science 351 or 366; as well as a capstone course, Russian 496. The remaining twelve hours may be chosen among a flexible list of courses approved by the Slavic Studies Committee. These courses include: History 419, 420, Foreign Literature in Translation 273, 274, Political Science 351, 366, and Russian 301, 302, 303, 304, 341, 342, 451, and 493.
West Virginia University is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Career options for students choosing to major in Slavic Studies include positions with the United Nations, the federal government, global corporations, and private companies located in Eastern Europe. Slavic Studies graduates are in demand in the international diplomacy, national security, international trade, and public policy fields.
Graduate School Opportunities
By carefully planning a program in consultation with the program coordinator and other faculty members, students can prepare for acceptance into graduate school in numerous disciplines, including foreign languages, history, and political science, or professionally oriented programs such as business, journalism, law, and public administration.
According to the US Office of Personnel Management, government positions requiring a bachelor’s degree have an average beginning salary range of $18,340 to $22,717. The average salary for bachelor’s degree holders, according to the 2003 National Association of Colleges and Employers Salary Survey, was $35,375.
For more information, contact Lisa Di Bartolomeo at: 304-293-5121 ext. 5534.