The Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies (CSEEES) launched the UNC-Visegrad Studies program in Fall 2016, with a three-year University Studies Grant from the International Visegrad Fund in Bratislava, Slovakia. One of the main goals of the program is to increase awareness and knowledge of the Visegrad region at Carolina, comprised of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.
Over the three-year period, CSEEES will host eighteen scholars from the four countries who will give public talks, class lectures, and participate in workshops, symposia, and cultural events on campus. These events will complement the annual Czech Studies Workshop and the center’s endowed annual lecture on Democratization Processes in Poland and Central Europe. More information about these events can be found on the CSEEES website.
The UNC-Visegrad Studies program is also designed to bolster and complement the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures (GSLL) interdisciplinary major in Central European Studies, the first of its kind in the U.S.
The major is geared toward undergraduates interested in the history of Central Europe and Czech, German, Hungarian and Polish languages and cultures. Students are able to design their own program of study by choosing from a broad range of courses in anthropology, comparative literature, economics, history, political science, global studies and cultural studies whose content includes the Visegrad countries. The degree prepares students for careers in the public sector, diplomacy, business, international education, and academia.