Are you of Czech, Polish, or SerboCroatian heritage—or do you just have a healthy fascination with East Central Europe? Can you imagine using any of these three languages in your future career or research? Since language and culture go hand in hand, the certificate in East Central European Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (ECELLC) combines language training (intermediate to advanced proficiency) with a wide variety of courses on the life of the region. Topics include vampires, science-fiction writing, Holocaust memory, and the pre-1989 culture of dissent as well as surveys of literature and culture by historical period. UW–Madison is one of only a handful of universities in North America where these languages are offered. UW also offers study-abroad opportunities in the Czech Republic, Poland, and Croatia. Courses taken abroad may count toward fulfillment of certificate requirements. Take advantage of the opportunity to learn these languages and to learn about the literatures and cultures of the countries where they are spoken.
Students can declare the certificate in consultation with the faculty advisor for the certificate. Additional information can be found under the Advising and Careers tab for this program or in the Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic Studies.
In order to receive the certificate in East Central European languages, literatures, and cultures, students are required to complete a minimum of 15 credits total.
|Select one of the following options:||6-8|
| Third Semester Czech|
and Fourth Semester Czech
| Third Semester Polish|
and Fourth Semester Polish 1
| Third Semester Serbo-Croatian|
and Fourth Semester Serbo-Croatian
|Select three courses from the following:||9|
|Slavic Science Fiction through Literature and Film|
|The Writings of Vaclav Havel: Crtitique of Modern Society|
|Polish Literature in Translation: 14th to the Mid-19th Century|
|Literatures and Cultures of Eastern Europe|
|Topics in Slavic Literatures in Translation|
|The Vampire in Literature and Film|
|History of Serbian and Croatian Literature|
|Polish Literature (in Translation), Middle Ages to 1863|
|Polish Literature (in Translation) since 1863|
|Literatures and Cultures of Eastern Europe|
|Topics in Slavic Literatures|
|Eastern Europe: An Interdisciplinary Survey|
|Zarys historii literatury polskiej|
|Study Abroad in Poland|
|Polish Culture and Area Studies on Study Abroad|
|Slavic and East European Folklore|
|Istorija srpske i hrvatske literature|
|Moderna srpska i hrvatska literatura|
|Historia literatury polskiej do roku 1863|
|Historia literatury polskiej po roku 1863|
Students can satisfy this requirement by completing any two courses in Polish language beyond the second semester, including: SLAVIC 207 Third Semester Polish, SLAVIC 208 Fourth Semester Polish, SLAVIC 277 Third Year Polish I, SLAVIC 278 Third Year Polish II, SLAVIC 331 Fourth Year Polish I, and SLAVIC 332 Fourth Year Polish II.
Residence and quality of work
At least 8 credits must be earned in residence.
Students must earn a cumulative 2.000 GPA on required certificate coursework.
1. Students will minimally acquire intermediate proficiency in an East Central European Language (Czech, Polish, or SerboCroatian).
2. Students will develop and apply writing skills and oral communications skills appropriate to Liberal Arts education in the context of Slavic studies to the literatures and cultures of the region.
3. Students will develop and apply critical-thinking skills inherent in the Liberal Arts tradition to the literature and culture of the region.
4. Students will be able to analyze and interpret cultural products of the region (i.e. works of literature, films, etc.) in themselves and in the context of specific historical and cultural conditions.
The faculty advisor for the certificate in East Central European languages, Literatures, and cultures is David S. Danaher (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Advisors for the three languages represented by the certificate are:
- David Danaher (email@example.com) for Czech
- Halina Filipowicz (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ewa Miernowska (email@example.com) for Polish
- Tomislav Longinovic (firstname.lastname@example.org) for Serbo-Croatian
For other undergraduate concerns, please contact our undergraduate coordinator for the Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic:
Bridget Sutton, Undergraduate Coordinator
1306 Van Hise Hall
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