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, literature, and cultures, students are required to complete a minimum of 15 credits total.

Part 1
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
Part 2
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
Polish Literature in Translation: Late 19th and 20th Centuries
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
Total Credits15-17

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.


This undergraduate certificate must be completed concurrently with the student’s undergraduate degree. Students cannot delay degree completion to complete the certificate.

  1. Minimally acquire intermediate proficiency in an East Central European Language (Czech, Polish, or SerboCroatian).
  2. 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. Develop and apply critical-thinking skills inherent in the Liberal Arts tradition to the literature and culture of the region.
  4. 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.

Language placement tests are advised for any student with previous knowledge or experience with Polish or Czech. The test consists of a one-on-one appointment with a professor, with written, oral, and reading comprehension components. 

Placement Advisors for the languages represented by the certificate are:

For other undergraduate concerns or to declare the certificate, please contact our undergraduate advisor:

Joanna Schuth, Undergraduate Advisor
836 Van Hise Hall
Make an appointment through Starfish

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Assistant Professor

Łukasz Wodzyński

Senior Lecturer

Ewa Miernowska


Krzysztof Borowski



David Danaher* 

*unit head