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Slovak Studies Program

Martin Votruba

Slovak program

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Slovak studies topics

Queries on history

SK map CL Pribis 1612 Orava Castle

 

The University of Pittsburgh is the only university in the United States where students can take Slovak language and culture classes and opt to receive a Minor in Slovak Studies. People from other colleges in the region cross-register each year, the Slovak Studies Program has welcomed students, professors, and employees from CMU, Duquesne U., Chatham U., Carlow U., and La Roche College. Students sometimes come from universities around the country for a semester or two on a FLAS scholarship. People who meet the OLLI criteria are welcome to audit (almost all have chosen to participate fully) all our classes and do so every year.

 
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Our practical language courses are Elementary SLOVAK 0010 and 0020, Intermediate SLOVAK 0030 and 0040, and Advanced Slovak 0400 and 0410; the students receive printable custom course materials at the beginning of the course and handouts in class. Click on anonymous student comments for more information. The language courses are always offered as follows: in the fall semester – Elementary 1, Intermediate 3, and Advanced 1; and in the spring semester – Elementary 2, Intermediate 4, and Advanced 2. They are always scheduled in the evening. We also teach intensive language courses in the summer.

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  For the current and upcoming course schedule and classrooms, click here.

 

Slovak, Czech, and Central European Cinema - SLOVAK 0890 (3 cr.)
Meets A&S requirements:
  • HS - Historical change; 6 History (CGS)
  • W - Writing intensive course; DS:H Humanities requirement (CGS)
  • REG - International/Foreign culture - regional; 7 International perspective (CGS)
  • EX - 2nd Course in Literature, the Arts, or Creative Expression; 5 Literature (CGS)
For more information, click on Anonymous student comments, Syllabus, Midterm assignment, Final assignment.

Zahrada

Film The Garden

 

 

Slovak Transatlantic Cultures - SLOVAK / ENGLIT 0380 (3 cr.)
Meets A&S requirements:
  • LIT - Literature; 5 Literature (CGS)
  • HS - Historical change; 6 History (CGS)
  • W - Writing intensive course; DS:H Humanities requirement (CGS)
  • REG - International/Foreign culture - regional; 7 International perspective (CGS)
If students are interested, they may take the initiative and modify their focus and assignments (see the detailed syllabus here) in order to explore their own ancestry or an immigrant group of their choice with roots in Central Europe or a significant presence in Western Pennsylvania. Click on anonymous student comments for more information.

Central Europe

Central Europe

 

 

The Year Communism Crumbled - SLAV 1865 (3 cr.)
Meets A&S requirements:
  • REG - International/Foreign culture - regional; 7 - International perspective (CGS)

The students may focus their midterm and final papers primarily on Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, or the Czech Republic (see the syllabus here). If they have a strong preference, they may choose topics concerning Romania or Bulgaria. Click on anonymous student comments for more information.

 

Today's free, borderless Central Europe opened up after a cascade of interlinked social and political earthquakes in several countries. The fall of the Berlin Wall, conveniently recast by the media to where they already had reporters as the collapse of communism of 1989, was merely a pebble in the intriguing mosaic of people's victories that crushed communism in Poland and Hungary, transited through and enabled the televised carnival in Germany, and continued to topple the totalitarian regimes in Czechoslovakia, Romania, and eventually Bulgaria and elsewhere. The course is structured around the chronology and mutual impact of events in Central Europe from 1988 through early 1990. It covers Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, East Germany, Hungary, and to a lesser degree Romania and Bulgaria. It also surveys the onset of and life under communism, traces back some of the dramatic precursors to the 1989 liberation (Hungary 1956, Czechoslovakia 1968, Poland 1980) and outlines the inter-ethnic relations and other social and cultural legacies that characterize the region today. Written work: a 2,500-3,000-word midterm research paper and a 3,000-3,500-word final research paper, the latter can integrate parts of the former, no test.

returntoeurope

Return to Europe

 

 

 

 

Slovakia-related scholarships

Summer study or research in Slovakia: Pitt Nationality Rooms Scholarship

Summer language study in Slovakia: Western Pa. Slovak Cultural Association, call 1-888-SLOVAKS

Research or teaching assistantship in Slovakia: Fulbright Program for U.S. Students

1-2 semesters in Slovakia: National Scholarship Program of Slovakia

U.S. study, Slovak descent: Council of Higher Education, Chicago, IL

U.S. study, FCSU - Jednota members: FCSU scholarships

U.S. study, First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association members: FCSLA college scholarships

U.S. study, National Slovak Society members: NSS scholarships

U.S. study, Slovak Catholic Sokol members: SCS college grants