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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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Senior Colloquia to the Department

Please come and listen to our majors elaborate on a series of Linguistics topics.
May 2017 | Lyons Hall 210A

Full Schedule

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


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We proudly announce that three BC students won awards this year at the 7th Annual Japanese Language Contest sponsored by the Consulate General of Japan, Boston, which was held on April 8, 2017. In total, more than 100 essays were submitted. BC students outperformed students from other top colleges, such as Brown, Bowdoin, Harvard and Wellesley. Congratulations to our award winners: Michelle Lin (3rd Place, Advance Speech), Hui Wang (3rd Place, Intermediate Essay) and Zhangqi Liu (Honorable Mention, Intermediate Speech). 
You can find more information about the contest and it's winners on the Consulate General of Japan in Boston website.

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.