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Slavic Languages and Literatures

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures offers a coordinated study of Russian language and literature, literary and cultural history, and literary theory. Improving cultural understanding is a critical part of the department's mission, and we offer a range of courses at all levels, devoted to Russian literature, music and visual arts that do not require specialized knowledge. Russian is still the lingua franca over the vast territory of the former Soviet Union, and a good command of this language offers a gateway to Eurasia’s diverse cultures, ethnicities, and religions, including Buddhism, Judaism, and Islam. Stanford students are in a privileged position in relation to Russian and, more broadly, East European and Eurasian Studies, because of our tremendous faculty and library resources. Our students master a difficult language and a rich and challenging literature, and are rewarded by gaining entry into a unique, powerful, and diverse civilization that defined major trends in the past century and continues to play an increasingly significant role in the world today.