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Slavic & Eastern Languages and Literatures
Кафедра славяноведения и востоковедения


Welcome to the Department of Slavic & Eastern Languages and Literatures.

Founded in 1969, one of the oldest in New England, our department offers a diverse number of programs and courses in Linguistics and on Slavic, Near Eastern, and East Asian languages, literatures and cultures.

Our graduates have pursued successful careers in foreign service, international business and law, research and scholarship, and many other exciting venues. 

Our faculty members teach and research over a wide range of areas and subjects, including, but not limited to: women in the former Yugoslavia and in Leningrad under siege; Jewish-Russian literature and culture; Classical Armenian; liturgical language; second-language acquisition; the history of Linguistics; pan-Arabism and nationalism in the Near East; early Chinese literature; Russian Romanticism; contemporary and émigré Russian literature. 

As a unique department both at Boston College and in the larger academic community, we represent languages and cultures from many parts of the world.

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Friday, April 14th 6:00 PM

4th Annual Arabic Culture Night
Come and enjoy Arabic music, dance, poetry and food.

For more information about our upcoming and past events, please visit our Events page, and for university events see the BC Events calendar.


Journal of Middle East and Africa, Vol.7, 2016

Prof. Franck Salameh explores the early history of modern Lebanon with a special focus on the country's Jewish community in an article published in The Journal of Middle East and Africa titled Lebanese Jews between rootedness and exile: Braving World War II, the Holocaust, and their aftermath.



Japanese Speech Presentation at Northeastern University

The 15th Annual Japanese Speech Presentation was held this year at Northeastern University on November 5th. 16 students from BC, BU, Brandeis, Harvard, MIT, Northeastern, Tufts, UMass Boston and Wellesley presented their speeches. Fengshu Yang (2019) and Gyungjin Jeon (2017) were BC representatives, and both students showed their Japanese speaking skills in the finale of each half of the event.  

Doyle Calhoun

Alumni Doyle Calhoun (Ling'16) was awarded the prestigious Vivian Law Prize by the Henry Sweet Society for the History of Linguistic Ideas (UK) for a paper excerpted from his senior thesis Missionary Linguistics in Colonial Africa, written with Prof. Margaret Thomas. 
His thesis was also, up until recently, part of an exhibit featured at the Burns Library titled Missionaries and Linguists: Jesuit Grammars from Africa to Native America.