Herder and Modernity:Fr om Lesser Taught Languages to Lesser Taught Cultures.
East/West: Journal of Ukrainian Studies, 4 (1).
The typical North American curriculum of a lesser taught Slavic language implicitly relies on the legacy of Johann Gottfried von Herder's assertion that language contains national (ethnic) culture. At the same time, enrollments are dwindling even in courses in the most commonly taught Slavic languages. Post-Millennials' (Generation Z's) understandable focus on the practicality of the courses they take make it unlikely for the lesser taught languages to resist the slump. Foreign culture courses appear to hold their ground more successfully. Slavic departments may reconsider Herder’s dictum as they try to maintain or establish programs in lesser taught languages and cultures.
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