Are you fascinated with East Central Europe? Do you want to learn Czech, Polish, or Serbo-Croatian? 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–Madison 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 ECELLC certificate by consulting with the undergraduate advisor.

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.

Placement Advisors for the three languages represented by the certificate are:

For other undergraduate concerns, please contact our undergraduate advisor:

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



Hans Adler, Monika Chavez, Sabine Gross, Rob Howell, Mark Louden, B. Venkat Mani, Pamela Potter, Jolanda Vanderwal Taylor

Associate Professors

Salvatore Calomino, Sonja Klocke, Sabine Moedersheim

Assistant Professors

Hannah V. Eldridge, Philip Hollander, Weijia Li, Sunny Yudkoff

Faculty Associate

Jeanne Schueller

Scandinavian Studies (Nordic)


Susan Brantly, Thomas DuBois, Kirsten Wolf

Assistant Professors

Dean Krouk, Claus Andersen

Faculty Associates

Scott A. Mellor, Nete Schmidt

Senior Lecturer

Peggy Hager

Associate Lecturer

Todd Michelson-Ambelang

Slavic Studies


David Danaher, Alexander Dolinin, Karen Evans-Romaine, Halina Filipowicz, Tomislav Longinovic, Irina Shevelenko, Manon van de Water

Associate Professor

Andrew Reynolds

Assistant Professor

Marina Zilbergerts

Faculty Associates

Jennifer Tishler, Anna Tumarkin

Senior Lecturers

Galina Lapina, Ewa Miernowska


Alexandra Walter

German, Nordic, and Slavic

Professor Uli Schamiloglu

Lecturer Funda Derin