About the Department
Chicago is home to the largest concentration of Central and East Europeans outside of Europe; the Department of Slavic and Baltic Languages and Literatures at UIC is truly representative of this ethnic diversity. We offer undergraduate and graduate programs in Russian and Polish. The Department also offers courses in Lithuanian culture and the history of standard European languages. Students may choose from a diverse selection of classes including eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and twentieth-century Russian and Polish literature; literary criticism and theory; Eastern and Central European culture, and Slavic linguistics. We also provide a full complement of Polish and Russian language courses designed for students at all levels of proficiency.
The Department holds two Endowed Chairs: the Endowed Chair of Lithuanian Studies (since 1984) directed by Professor Giedrius Subačius, and the Stefan and Lucy Hejna Family Chair of Polish Language and Literature (since 2010), directed by Professor Michał Paweł Markowski.
The Department’s mission is threefold: to educate global citizens who can thrive in diverse cultural contexts, provide service to the UIC community, and to conduct quality research in the fields of language and literary studies. The expertise and experience of our faculty gives students the opportunity to excel in their particular areas of interest. We strive to create an intellectually stimulating environment in order to help students think creatively and critically about the world in which they live.