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Slavic and Eastern European Studies

administrative contact

Lisa Di Bartolomeo
Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
phone: 304-293-8309

program contact

Lisa Di Bartolomeo
Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
phone: 304-293-8309

Program Details

Program Description

The Slavic and East European Studies interdisciplinary major offers an integrated approach to the study of the languages, cultures, history, geography, politics, economies, religions and societies of Eastern Europe. This region includes Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia, Croatia, Albania, Romania, and Moldova. The demand from government and the private sector for individuals specializing in this resurgent area of Europe has renewed in recent years, even as economic, political and cultural changes have served to make Eastern Europe more accessible.

The program incorporates diverse disciplines, language study and study abroad to provide students with a deep as well as broad grasp of the region’s past, present and future.

Career Profile

In today’s increasingly global setting, business, diplomacy and scholarship all benefit from a thorough knowledge of at least one foreign language and a familiarity with the culture, history, politics and economics of the region speaking that language. This major prepares students for further study in graduate or professional schools and also contributes background that may be applied to work in government, foreign service, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and international business or law.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Please see Office of Admissions - English Language Proficiency for more information.

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