Citation in Foreign Language

Undergraduate students may earn a Citation for advanced training in a Slavic language regularly offered at Harvard (Russian, Czech, Polish, Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, and Ukrainian). The course requirements for each language are listed below. The award of a foreign language citation will be noted on the transcript at the time degrees are voted, and will be included in the commencement program. Students will also receive printed citations along with their diplomas.

Each language citation program consists of the equivalent of four courses of language instruction beyond the elementary level (introductory courses, first-year courses, A-level courses). Appropriate courses taken in approved programs of study out of residence (language study abroad) for which the student receives Harvard degree credit may be counted toward a citation. Students must complete all courses to count toward the citation with letter grades of B– or better. Regardless of the level at which a student enters a language program at Harvard, all citations require the completion of four courses taken at Harvard or counted for Harvard degree credit. Some programs require that courses be taken in a particular sequence; students should consult the relevant language advisers for more information.

Note: Students who plan to satisfy the requirements for a foreign language citation should complete a Foreign Language Citation Study Plan with the Director of the Slavic Language Program (Prof. Steven Clancy) file this form (Click here for Citation Plan Form) with the Registrar no later than the deadline for degree applications in their final term in the College. Students are encouraged to file their intentions to satisfy the requirements for a foreign language citation as early as the declaration of a concentration so that they may benefit from advising by the department that will provide the recognition. Students will benefit from planning ahead and taking courses in consecutive terms, so as not to lose ground between language courses; this is especially important at the early stages of language study. Students planning their courses around study abroad programs must consult with relevant advisers and obtain pre-approval of all courses they hope to count towards the citation, as such courses must be taken for Harvard degree credit. Those students who later decide not to complete the requirements for a citation in a foreign language are asked to complete a new Plan of Study indicating this fact in order to inform the relevant department and the Registrar. Concentrators, including joint concentrators, whose concentration work is built on a particular language or set of languages, are not also eligible for citations in those languages.

Citation Requirements for Slavic Languages

Czech

Four courses beyond the Elementary level (beyond the A-level courses Czech Aa-Ab). Typically the citation consists of two semesters of Intermediate Czech (Czech Ba-Bb) and two semesters of Advanced Czech (Czech Cr).

Courses taken out of residence (language study abroad) for Harvard degree credit or Slavic 91r (if conducted in Czech) may be substituted for these courses with the permission of the Director of the Slavic Language Program or the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Slavic Languages and Literatures concentration.

Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian (BCS)

Four courses beyond the Elementary level (beyond the A-level courses BCS Aa-Ab). Typically the citation consists of two semesters of Intermediate BCS (BCS Ba-Bb) and two semesters of Advanced BCS (BCS Cr).

Courses taken out of residence (language study abroad) for Harvard degree credit or Slavic 91r (if conducted in BCS) may be substituted for these courses with the permission of the Director of the Slavic Language Program or the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Slavic Languages and Literatures concentration.

Polish

Four courses beyond the Elementary level (beyond the A-level courses Polish Aa-Ab). Typically the citation consists of two semesters of Intermediate Polish (Polish Ba-Bb) and two semesters of Advanced Polish (Polish Cr).

Courses taken out of residence (language study abroad) for Harvard degree credit or Slavic 91r (if conducted in Polish) may be substituted for these courses with the permission of the Director of the Slavic Language Program or the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Slavic Languages and Literatures concentration.

Russian

Four courses beyond the Russian A-level courses selected from among the following: Russian Ba-Bb, Russian Bta-Btb, or Russian Bab (the equivalent of two semesters), Russian 101, Russian 103, Russian 102, or any advanced Russian language courses (Russian 111, 112, 113, 114, 115).

Other courses taken out of residence (language study abroad) for Harvard degree credit or Slavic 91r (if conducted in Russian) may be substituted for these courses with the permission of the Director of the Slavic Language Program or the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Slavic Languages and Literatures concentration.

Ukrainian

Four courses beyond the Elementary level (beyond the A-level courses Ukrainian Aa-Ab). Typically the citation consists of two semesters of Intermediate Ukrainian (Ukrainian Ba-Bb) and two semesters of Advanced Ukrainian (Ukrainian Cr).

Courses taken out of residence (language study abroad) for Harvard degree credit or Slavic 91r (if conducted in Ukrainian) may be substituted for these courses with the permission of the Director of the Slavic Language Program or the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Slavic Languages and Literatures concentration.

Other Slavic Languages

For information about studying other Slavic languages, please speak with Steven Clancy, the Director of the Slavic Language Program.

Forms

Language Citation Planning Form (Click here for Citation Plan Form)