The programme East European Languages and Cultures (EELC) offers a combination of language and culture studies. Starting from the very first year, students are being taught two modern East European languages. The first term starts with Russian, to which a South Slavic language (Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Bulgarian or Slovenian) will be added in the second term. These languages are meant to grant the students access to the East European cultures and societies, their literatures and (cultural) history.
The programme is based on three principal knowledge domains: (1) language and (cultural) history of Russia – (2) language and (cultural) history of South East Europe - (3) Old Slavonic and the culture and history of the Orthodox Slavic world.
To these three knowledge domains an identical tripartite programmatic division is applied: (1) integrated knowledge acquisition, (2) language acquisition through internationalisation, especially by means of immersion programmes, and (3) a historical and multidisciplinary approach to the knowledge domains in question.
The MA programme is designed to raise the level of expertise to a still higher level. Students focus on languages of their own choosing and deepen their knowledge of the pertinent region. The MA courses are designed in a manner as to allow students a free choice on which aspects and region to focus on. In addition, the optional programme element ‘Internship’ offers students an opportunity to prepare themselves for the requirements of the job market. Internships are offered within business corporations, government institutions (local, provincial and federal) or other kinds of organisations. The programme EELC has arranged for an ample choice of organisations and institutions willing to supply intership positions for our students. The job market is subject to contintuous changes, but, as recent research has shown, the acquisition of work experience through internships speeds up the process of finding an appropriate job notwithstanding the vicissitudes of the job market.
There are ample opportunities for personal choice, especially for specialization and/or extension of one’s knowledge. Apart from specific knowledge about languages and cultures the programme teaches students also generally applicable critical-analytic skills characteristic of any academic training programme, and trains them via the regular programme as well as the extra curricular activities to become experts of Eastern Europe which will be able to (re)fashion the society they are living in according to their knowledge and expertise.
The MA programme is completed by writing up and defending an MA-thesis, which is understood to be a piece of scientific writing, the subject of which the student may choose in consultation with his prospective supervisor and is expected to be elaborated by him on the basis of individual work and personal commitment. The supervisor supports and helps the student in preparing and writing his MA-thesis. The student is required to work autonomously and independently on his MA-thesis, thereby demonstrating qualities which are much appreciated by most if not all employers. The MA-thesis is a crucial cornerstone of the programme requiring ample time and true commitment.
The complete programme can be accessed via the study guide MA.
The course descriptions can be accessed via the study guide or via Oasis.