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Course Descriptions

CZ 301K • Intro To Czech Hist/Culture

45343 • Hopkins, Mark
Meets MWF 100pm-200pm JGB 2.202
(also listed as EUS 307, REE 302)
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Intro To Czech Hist/Culture: Puppets, Pubs, and Polyglots

An introduction to Czech culture from 870 to the present. The first half of the course will begin with the ninth century Premyslid dynasty and Czech legends and will chronicle critical moments in the historical evolution of Czech culture up to the 19th-century Czech National Revival. The second half of the course will focus on the 20th and 21st centuries and will conclude with a field trip tour of a local brewery.


  • Alois Jirasek, Old Czech Legends
  • Jan Neruda, Prague Tales
  • Jaroslav Hasek, The Good Soldier Svejk
  • Vaclav Havel, Disturbing the Peace
  • Bazant, Bazantova, Starn, The Czech Reader: History, Culture, Politics
  • Hugh Agnew, The Czechs and the Lands of the Bohemian Crown

Requirements and Grading

  • 2 Exams  50%
  • Short Paper  10%
  • Final Paper  20%
  • Attendance and Participation  20%

CZ 506 • First-Year Czech I

45345 • Hilchey, Christian
Meets MW 1000am-1100am CLA 0.120
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This course has an emphasis on speaking, reading, and listening.  In addition to the textbook itself, music, video, and the Internet will be used not only to increase proficiency, but also to expose students to Czech culture. 

Attendance and active participation are vital to foreign language study.  Students are thus expected to attend class regularly,  and ask questions. 

Periodic quizzes and dictations not listed on the syllabus (some of them unannounced) will be scheduled between the regularly scheduled tests and quizzes.


Czech for Fun by Susan Kresin

Requirements and Grading

4 short tests                  40%

Final Exam                    20%

Homework                    15%

Quizzes                        15%

Attend/Participate           10%

CZ 379 • Conf Crs In Czech Lang Or Lit

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Prerequisite: Six semester hours of upper-division coursework in Czech, or upper-division standing and consent of instructor.

Hour(s) to be arranged. Restricted enrollment; contact the department for permission to register for this class. May be repeated for credit.

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