The Bachelor's programme offers a broad curriculum that includes the study of two (or even three, if you want) modern Slavic languages as well as the study of history, culture and society of Eastern Europe (Russia, South-Eastern Europe). An intensive theoretical and practical study of Russian, the most important Eastern European language, takes centre stage. This starts in the first term of the first year.
From the second term onwards, you start the study of a modern Southern Slavic language of your choice, i.e. Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Bulgarian or Slovenian. By means of linguistics, literature, cultural history and current affairs, you will also focus on Russia and South-Eastern Europe as a cultural region. The first-year curriculum also contains five general course units covering the basic theoretical knowledge and skills of the Humanities. These course units are part of the core curriculum of the Faculty of Arts & Philosophy. From the second year onwards, you acquire the necessary skills and tools to conduct independent research through the learning path on methodology. In addition to the cultural areas of Russia and South-Eastern Europe, the second-year curriculum also introduces the study of the common written language of the orthodox Slavic world, Old Slavonic. The second year also offers you a choice of minors (possibly an additional South-Eastern European language) and the means to hone your research skills. The third-year curriculum contains a study-abroad term which allows for an immersion into the language and the culture of your field of study. The Bachelor’s curriculum culminates in a research paper, i.e. the Bachelor’s dissertation.
The Master’s curriculum brings together specialization in Slavic languages and an in-depth study of Eastern European cultures and society. The integrated study of languages and cultures offers an unmediated access to the historical developments that have led to the unicity of Russia and South-Eastern Europe. It will enable you to understand this unicity but also to occupy a critical position vis-à-vis the region’s specific place in Europe and the world, and any ensuing issues. We also focus on a broadening and in-depth knowledge acquisition in the fields of literature, linguistics, and history. The Master's dissertation is the final component of the Master’s programme. Our programme’s curricular flexibility allows you to tailor the curriculum to your interests, with a focus on social engagement, advanced academic research, a study-abroad experience and/or a professional experience (via the work placement).
A Bachelor’s degree in Eastern European Languages and Cultures also gives access to other Master programmes than the ones mentioned here. Please take a look at the tab “Postgraduate Studies”.