Degree Requirements

Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures

Graduate study in the Department is characterized by both its broad intellectual reach and its scholarly and scientific depth.  Our doctoral students are educated by and work closely with a nationally recognized, award-winning faculty who are highly respected in the field. The Department offers training in most major subfields of Slavic Languages, Literatures and Culture.

Graduate Student Handbook (PDF)

Qualifying Exams: Purpose and Description (PDF)

Required Coursework

Master's requirements – 36 cr.

  • Russian 410. Methods of Russian Language Instruction (2 cr.)
  • Russian 415. Structure of Contemporary Russian (3)
  • Russian 477. Russian ideology (3)
  • Russian 485. Poetics and Rhetoric (3)
  • Russian 551. Old Russian Literature (3)
  • Russian 552. 18th-century Russian Lit. (3)
  • Slavic 573. Old Church Slavic (3)
  • Two courses in 19th-century Russian lit. (400-level or above) (6)
  • Two courses in 20th-century Russian lit., (400-level or above) (6)
  • One seminar in the Department (3)
  • Russian 510. Russian Pedagogy Workshop (1)

Candidacy Requirements

  • Qualifying exams
  • One course in the second Slavic literature related to the period of the student's dissertation
  • One seminar in the Department
  • Two cognate courses numbered 400 or above
  • Four semesters' knowledge of another Slavic language, and reading knowledge of French, German, Italian, Greek or Latin
  • Work on research (registered under Russian 990) culminating in a successful prospectus defense

Ph.D. Requirements

  • Successful dissertation defense
  • If necessary, completion of post-defense dissertation corrections

In addition, we require that our students produce at least three research papers during the course of their Master's and Ph.D. study.