Faculty of Arts - Ukrainian

Program description

The Ukrainian program teaches cultural literacy by providing language competence and a knowledge of texts, films and other forms of representation. Students are able to enter the language programs at any level: beginner, intermediate or advanced. Intensive language training is provided with the aid of audio-visual materials and use of a computerized language laboratory. The Ukrainian literature and culture program aim at providing familiarity with the major texts and issues in cultural history. The aim is to enrich the student’s understanding of the Slavic contribution to the European and the North American cultural heritage. A number of courses are taught in English translation; higher levels are taught in Ukrainian.

Program options

Degree options

B.A. Bachelor of Arts (General) - 3 years
M.A. Masters of Arts in Slavic Studies - 2 years (concentration in Ukrainian or in Ukrainian and Russian combined)

Interesting courses and unique opportunities

Interesting courses

  • Ukrainian language courses on all levels
  • Exploring Ukrainian Literature
  • Myth, Rites and Rituals
  • Ukrainian Canadian Experience
  • Holodomor and Holocaust
  • Ukrainian Film
  • Literature of Independent Ukraine
  • Comparative German and Slavic Studies
  • Literature courses on authors such as Gogol and Shevchenko
Graduate courses
  • Literary & Cultural Theory
  • Second Language Acquisition
Exchange and travel opportunities
Annual summer programs to University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy
1-2 semester exchanges for students of all disciplines with Lyiv National University
Full credit-recognition of summer courses and study-abroad credits in University of Manitoba programs

Scholarships and awards available for high achievement in the Ukrainian program and in individual courses. The department now distributes over ten such awards annually. A number of grants and awards are available to participants in the summer travel and exchange programs.

Professional opportunities

  • Teachers in the English-Ukrainian bilingual programs in Canada / education
  • Communications
  • Translation
  • Government / immigration
  • Business / commerce
  • Higher education
  • The arts and culture 
  • Libraries
  • Journalism
  • Publishing

Note: language and culture training have proven particularly valuable for those students who, by linking their linguistic ability to another skill, have found jobs in the expanding market for those with knowledge of Eastern Europe. Such jobs are available from the secretarial to the senior executive level. Students become from immersion in another culture more effective communicators.

Admission requirements

Visit the Faculty of Arts Direct Entry (high school applicants) or Advanced Entry (post-secondary applicants) application for admission page to learn more about admission requirements, application dates and how to apply.

What is unique about this program at the U of M?

The Ukrainian major and the M.A. (and PreMA) in Slavic studies and the minor in Polish Studies are the only such degrees in Ukrainian and Slavic Studies offered in Manitoba. The Ukrainian program is vital to the large Ukrainian Canadian community in Manitoba, which also differentiates the program from most Slavic programs in North America (which are heavily Russian centered).

Another of the programs’ strengths is the regular summer course offering to Lviv (Ukraine) as well as the successful student exchange with Kiev (Ukraine). The Ukrainian program cooperates closely with the Centre for Ukrainian-Canadian Studies and coordinates teaching and research activities of the program for Central and East European Studies. It also offers a unique cooperation with Manitoba's Ukrainian community.

The Ukrainian program has recently revised its curriculum, which has transformed a traditional language and literature program in a modern Language and Cultural studies program. Faculty members have a strong expertise in national identity studies, trauma studies, representations of history and war, as well as in Second Language Acquisition and Curriculum studies. The undergraduate program features unique language teaching materials (to complement the textbooks and language lab material for North American students learning the languages).

The Department also introduced a new special topics slot, unique in Canada, for "Comparative German and Slavic Studies" that brings together students from German and from Slavic Studies to gain from the different culture's perspectives.

The Ukrainian Students’ Association organizes different events, which can be officially recognized as co-curricular activity. Meeting and work space is available in “The German and Slavic Student Room”, a unique space for undergraduate students in the Department.

Important links

Faculty of Arts
Ukrainian Studies 
Graduate Studies in Slavic Studies (M.A., PreM.A.)