About Us

Welcome to the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies. We offer a wide range of courses designed to train you in the languages, cultures, and histories of Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, Turkey, and Central Asia. Our curriculum ranges from nineteenth-century Russian literature to the modern Turkish novel, twentieth-century Eastern European cultures to Islamic cultures in Eurasia. Our language offerings are extensive, and students may study up to six years of Russian, three years of Polish and Turkish, and two years of Romanian.

We pride ourselves on being dedicated, engaged teachers and mentors. Our primarily seminar-style courses allow us to work closely with you, and our faculty members' reputations as distinguished scholars in their respective fields assure you of excellent opportunities for professional development, networking, and placement. Our students also benefit from distinctive clusters of faculty expertise in the arts (theater, music, film), gender studies (language, literature, history), linguistics, and translation. Whether or not you elect to major or minor in Russian language and culture or Slavic and Eurasian studies, our department provides you with a supportive, intellectually stimulating academic home.

There is close collaboration in courses and activities with the Duke Theater Studies Department,  the Program in Literature,  the Film/Video/Digital Program, the English Department, the History Department, the Program in Linguistics, the Center for Jewish Studies, the Department of Cultural Anthropology, and Women's Studies.

Students have the opportunity to consult and take courses with the faculty and visiting media fellows of the Dewitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy, and to use its important video archives of news programs from Soviet and Russian television, as well as other materials.