Our Mailing address
University of California, Los Angeles
Slavic Languages & Literatures
322 Humanities Building
Los Angeles, California 90095-1502
Phone: (310) 825-3856
Fax: (310) 206-5263
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The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is located in Westwood, a small community within Greater Los Angeles, located six miles east of the Pacific Ocean. Buses link the campus transportation center on Hilgard Avenue with downtown Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and Los Angeles International Airport (see living in L.A.).
The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures was founded in 1948 and is based in the Humanities Building. Its Slavic Reading Room houses an extensive research library including the Markov Archive of Modern Russian Poetry and the James Ferrell Slavic Linguistics Collection. In the Department’s "Russkaia komnata" (Russian Room), students at all levels of proficiency have the opportunity to converse with native speakers.
The Department prides itself on the breadth and scope of its offerings. The Russian literature program includes specialists in every historical period, from the medieval to the postmodern. The linguistics program covers synchronic, diachronic, and comparative Slavic linguistics.
Currently we teach five Slavic languages
as well as three non-Slavic languages
We also offer courses in translation theory and in language teaching methodology, stressing the use of contemporary instructional technology.
Programs of study lead to the following undergraduate degrees:
- B.A. in Russian Language and Literatures
- B.A. in Russian Studies
- B.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures
- B.A. in Central and East European Languages and Cultures
Undergraduates may also minor in Russian Language, Russian Literature, Russian Studies, and Central and East European Studies. For details and opportunities to study abroad, see Undergraduate Programs.
On the graduate level, we offer M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Slavic Literatures and Linguistics. For a closer look at the requirements and the course offerings, see Graduate Programs.
Our department enjoys one of the best records in the country for placing its doctoral students. It maintains this competitive edge because it gives graduate students a demanding and rich academic program, hands-on teaching experience in literature and language courses, and intensive mentoring. All students admitted to this highly selective graduate program receive four-year support packages. For further information see Admissions.