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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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Tuesday, February 7th 5-6:30PM

Prof. Maxim D. Shrayer will give a lecture titled Letters to a Jewish Muse at the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies.
The Event is organized by Boston University's Center for the Study of Europe.

Thursday, February 16th 5:00PM

The Contemporary Crisis for Christianity in the Middle East. The sixth in a series of lectures examining the status of Near Eastern Christians. The lecture will be given by Kristian Girling, a Heythrop College expert on Eastern Christianity and currently a visiting Scholar at the BC School of Theology and Ministry. 

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.


The Chinese Program is pleased to announce the new Spring 2017 schedule for the free Chinese afternoon tutorial program. The program is entirely staffed by Lynch School graduate student volunteers, who are also native speakers of Chinese. Students are welcome to drop in on any afternoon during the weekend with questions. More information.

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.