Declaring a Major

All students must see the Major Advisor for consultation, language proficiency referral (as needed), and study list planning and approval prior to pursuing a major track.

Students may declare their major upon entry to the university. However, we encourage one year of study in the student’s major language prior to declaration.

Courses fulfilling major and minor requirements must be taken for a letter grade.


Slavic majors with a minimum GPA of 3.3 overall and in courses for the major are invited to consult with members of the faculty and the Major Advisor in the spring of their junior year about the honors program and a thesis topic. Requirements for the honors program in Slavic include: (a) one additional upper-division Slavic course chosen by the student and (b) an honors thesis course (H195). In the honors thesis course, normally taken during the fall semester of the senior year, the student writes a thesis under the direction of a member of the faculty (as thesis director). In order to enroll in H195, the student must file an application with the department the semester before enrolling in H195 (available from the Staff Student Services Advisor). This application includes a preliminary statement of the thesis topic and the names and signatures of the members of the honors committee, consisting of a faculty director and one additional faculty member (who also reads the completed thesis), and the Department Chair.