Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures Major, B.A.–Central European Studies Concentration

Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures

http://gsll.unc.edu

426 Dey Hall, CB# 3160

(919) 966-1642

Dr. Ewa Wampuszyc, Director of Undergraduate Studies

ewamp@email.unc.edu

Multiple tracks for undergraduate study are available for students interested in German programs (two concentrations), Slavic programs (two concentrations), and Central European studies (one concentration). A major in Germanic and Slavic languages and literatures provides preparatory training that will be useful in government employment; internationally oriented business, journalism, law, and teaching; as well as graduate study in a range of humanistic and social science disciplines.

Department Programs

Majors

Minors

Graduate Programs

Requirements 

In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must

  • attain a final cumulative GPA of at least 2.0
  • complete a minimum of 45 academic credit hours earned from UNC-Chapel Hill courses
  • take at least half of their major course requirements (courses and credit hours) at UNC-Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum of 18 hours of C or better in the major core requirements (some majors require 21 hours).

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

Core Requirements
GSLL 260From Berlin to Budapest: Literature, Film, and Culture of Central Europe3
HIST 260East Central Europe from the 18th Century to the Present3
Two departmental courses (six credit hours) in CZCH, GERM, GSLL, HUNG, or PLSH numbered above 200 (not including introductory or intermediate foreign language courses, and not including GERM 252 or GSLL 278 or GSLL 280) 16
Four additional courses (12 credit hours), which may include departmental courses in CZCH, GERM, GSLL, HUNG, or PLSH numbered above 200 (not including introductory or intermediate foreign language courses, and not including GERM 252 or GSLL 278 or 280), or approved Central European studies electives (see list below) 112
Additional Requirements
Students must establish credit for level 4 of one Central European language: 2, 33
Advanced Intermediate German (or GERM 206) H
Intermediate Czech
Intermediate Hungarian Language
Intermediate Polish
Students must establish credit for level 2 of an additional Central European language: 36
Advanced Elementary German (or GERM 105) H
Elementary Czech
Elementary Hungarian
Elementary Polish
Total Hours33
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

1

GSLL 278 may be included as a major elective (for either category above) with permission of the director of undergraduate studies.

2

The first three levels of the foreign language can count toward the General Education Foundations requirement and have not been included as additional hours for the major.

3

 By exam credit (BE) and placement credit (PL) may be used.

Approved Central European Studies Electives

ANTH 449Anthropology and Marxism3
ARTH 455City, Architecture, Art: Nuremberg as a European Artistic Center,1300-16003
CMPL/GERM 279Once Upon A Fairy Tale: Fairy Tales and Childhood, Then and Now3
CMPL/GERM 270/JWST 239/RELI 239German Culture and the Jewish Question3
CMPL/SLAV 281Holocaust Cinema in Eastern Europe3
EURO/HIST 252Politics, Society, and Culture in Modern Germany (1871-1945)3
GEOG 464Europe Today: Transnationalism, Globalisms, and the Geographies of Pan-Europe3
GERM/WMST 250Women in German Cinema3
HIST 140The World since 19453
HIST 159From War to Prosperity: 20th-Century Europe3
HIST 458Europe and the World Wars, 1914-19453
HIST 460Late Medieval and Reformation Germany3
HIST 461Early Modern Germany, 1600-18153
HIST 462Germany, 1806-1918: Politics, Society, and Culture H3
HIST 463Germany since 1918: Politics, Society, and Culture H3
HIST 466Modern European Intellectual History3
HIST 481Eastern Europe since World War II3
HIST/JWST 311Ghettos and Shtetls? Urban Life in East European Jewish History3
HIST/JWST 476Borderlands: Religion and Ethnicity in Modern East Central Europe3
HIST/JWST 485Modern East European Jewish History3
HIST/JWST/PWAD 262History of the Holocaust: The Destruction of the European Jews3
HIST/POLI/SOCI 257Politics, Society, and Culture in Postwar Germany3
JWST/PWAD/SLAV 465Literature of Atrocity: The Gulag and the Holocaust in Russia and Eastern Europe3
JWST/RELI 420Post-Holocaust Ethics and Theology3
JWST/SLAV 464Imagined Jews: Jewish Themes in Polish and Russian Literature3
PHIL 224Existential Philosophy H3
PHIL 423Kant3
PHIL 427Hegel3
PHIL 471Hegel, Marx, and the Philosophical Critique of Society3
POLI/PWAD/SOCI 260Crisis and Change in Russia and Eastern Europe3
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Students may petition the director of undergraduate studies to include other courses with significant Central European content.

Only one of the following courses may count toward the major: GSLL 691H, GSLL 692H, or GSLL 693H.

At least four of the above courses (12 credit hours) must be taken at UNC–Chapel Hill to fulfill the requirements of the major. Majors who study abroad or wish to transfer credit from another institution may apply to transfer a maximum of four courses counting toward the major. Before their departure for a study abroad program, students should consult with the relevant director of undergraduate studies about appropriate courses taken abroad for the major.

Students may not re-enroll in a language course for which they have received PL or BE credit.

Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures course descriptions include:

  • Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures (GSLL)
  • Dutch (DTCH)
  • German (GERM)
  • Czech (CZCH)
  • Hungarian (HUNG)
  • Macedonian (MACD)
  • Polish (PLSH)
  • Russian (RUSS)
  • Serbian and Croatian (SECR)
  • Slavic (SLAV)

Special Opportunities in Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures

Honors in Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures

Students majoring in Germanic and Slavic languages and literatures who are qualified for honors work are strongly encouraged to consider taking honors during their senior year. Undertaking an honors project gives students the opportunity to explore a topic in depth under the direction of a faculty member. Seniors who wish to do honors work should confer with the director of undergraduate studies and choose an honors thesis advisor during the second semester of their junior year, and enroll during their senior year in GSLL 691H (honors reading and special studies) followed by GSLL 692H (writing the honors thesis). When GSLL 693H is offered, the course replaces GSLL 692H and provides an opportunity for students majoring in any of our concentrations to complete their thesis in the context of a small seminar with other honors students. One of these honors courses may count toward the major.

Student Involvement and Cultural Enrichment beyond the Classroom

Numerous social and educational events hosted by the department, as well as by student clubs such as the German Club, provide an atmosphere for effective learning and for enjoying German and Slavic culture. There are weekly opportunities in German, Russian, and other languages for informal conversation suitable for both beginning and advanced students. The department periodically sponsors lectures, roundtables, small conferences, and film series for the various languages. Those considering an undergraduate major or minor should request to be added to the appropriate e-mail listserv for information regarding special events and opportunities.

The department also hosts receptions and informational meetings for students interested in pursuing a major or minor or seeking opportunities for internships, study abroad, graduate study, and employment in Germany, Russia, and Eastern or Central Europe. Every spring the department presents a Slavic and East European talent night, or Spektakl’, featuring skits, songs, puppet shows, plays, and poetry readings in the Slavic and East European languages students are learning. The department also presents full-length plays and dramatic readings in German performed by undergraduate students.

Study Abroad

The department encourages students to study and/or engage in internships abroad. These opportunities maximize students’ linguistic and cultural proficiency, particularly once they have acquired sufficient language skills to benefit most from this immersion experience. Students may participate for a whole year, a single term, or a summer.

The Study Abroad Office offers German programs at all universities in the German state of Baden-Württemberg, as well as a dedicated exchange program with the Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen; at the Vienna (Austria) University of Economics and Business Administration; at the Science Exchanges in Berlin or Jena (Germany) and Vienna; at the IES European Union Program in Freiburg (Germany); and at the IES Music Studies Program in Vienna. Most German programs require that participating students have passed GERM 204 (or its equivalent); however, students with no prior knowledge of German may attend the FUBiS or FU-BEST programs in Berlin or the IES program in Freiburg. These programs generally include intensive language instruction in addition to content courses taught in English, and most programs offer an orientation course prior to the start of the semester. The yearlong term typically begins in late August and ends in late July, with a two-month vacation between semesters that many students use for travel. Students going abroad for only one term generally do so in the spring semester, which typically begins in late February and ends in late July.

The DAAD in conjunction with German universities usually offers some summer internships. An internship is also available in Dresden. Please see an undergraduate advisor in the department office about these opportunities.

Students who choose to study Dutch may study abroad in Amsterdam through the IES, or attend SIT Netherlands’ Program “International Perspective on Sexuality and Gender.” Exchange programs also are offered in Nijmegen and Groningen.

Students can study in semester or yearlong programs in Russia, including in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Vladimir, while earning credit towards their Carolina degree. Students also may participate in the ACTR Moscow summer program in Russia. UNC–Chapel Hill offers four semester-long programs and one summer program in the Czech Republic. For more information about these and other programs in eastern and central Europe, go to studyabroad.unc.edu. Majors and minors should consult with the director of undergraduate studies or the appropriate undergraduate advisor in advance of going abroad about courses they plan to take for the major or minor.

Languages across the Curriculum

The Languages across the Curriculum (LAC) Program encourages majors and minors to enroll in one-credit-hour recitation or discussion sections that are conducted in German but associated with a variety of courses offered in English by other academic departments. German language recitation sections may also be scheduled in conjunction with several of the department’s courses offered in English. Each of these discussion and recitation sections counts as one German language credit (in addition to the credit granted for the course).

Undergraduate Awards

Membership in the Beta Rho chapter of Delta Phi Alpha, the German honors society, is available to majors and minors who have completed at least six credit hours of German language coursework at the 300 level and who have maintained high cumulative grade point averages and high grade point averages in the major.

The department selects annually one outstanding graduating senior majoring in German to receive the Undergraduate Ria Stambaugh Award for Excellence in German, a monetary award that is presented at the Chancellor’s Awards Ceremony each spring. Ria Stambaugh was a popular professor of German; after her death in 1984 her sister, friends, and colleagues contributed to a memorial fund to establish the Ria Stambaugh Awards. The undergraduate award was first presented in 1987.

Established in 1999, the Paul Debreczeny Prize is awarded each spring to a graduating senior whose work in Slavic languages and literatures has been judged outstanding. This monetary prize honors one of the founding faculty members of the program in Slavic languages and literatures.

Undergraduate Research

In addition to honors thesis work, students are encouraged to work on course-complementary or independent research projects with department faculty. Funding may be available through the Office of Undergraduate Research.