Czech Language and Culture

St Vitus CathedralIn the Slavic Department, we offer 4 semesters of instruction in Czech language on a 2-year rotating basis. Czech language instruction beyond the fourth semester may be arranged through directed studies. All of our language courses focus on skill development in speaking, listening, reading, and writing, and are taught in an interactive and communicative manner. Heritage speakers of Czech are encouraged to enroll, although no prior knowledge of Czech or another Slavic language is required for enrollment in the introductory course. Our program is designed with instruction for everyone from beginners with no experience to graduate students looking to gain knowledge of another Slavic language.

Two literature and culture courses – Lit Trans 208: The Writings of Václav Havel and Slavic 254: Introduction to Central Europe (The Culture of Dissent in Czechoslovakia, Poland, and Yugoslavia) – are also offered on a regular basis.

It is not possible to major in Czech, but Czech can be taken to complete the language requirement. In addition, UW-Madison has several sponsored study-abroad programs in Prague. 

The teaching of Czech language, literature, and culture at UW-Madison is supported in part by donations to the Czech Fund. For more information about supporting Czech, please contact Professor Danaher.Czech language and literature courses are taught by Professor David Danaher. For more information on the Czech Language and Culture program, please contact the Slavic Department or Professor Danaher.