Slavic Languages Degree Requirements

The following requirements are in addition to, or further elaborate upon, those requirements outlined in The Graduate School Policy Guide.

Master's

The Slavic Languages and Literatures Department does not offer a terminal MA degree. The MA degree is awarded to students in the PhD program who meet the MA requirements.

Core Courses:

  • SLAVIC 360 Survey of Russian Poetry- 19th Century
    (or)
    SLAVIC 361 Survey of Russian Poetry- 20th Century: 1
  • SLAVIC 411 Graduate Proseminar: 1
  • SLAVIC 340 History of the Russian Language: 1
    (and)
    SLAVIC 430 Studies in Old Russian Literature: 1
    (or)
    SLAVIC 434 Studies in 18th-Century Russian Literature 1
  • Other department courses or approved related courses: 5-6

Total Required Units: 9

Other MA Degree Requirements

  • Examinations: article-length written work and oral presentation
  • Research/Projects: none specified
  • Master's Thesis: none specified
  • Other: none

PhD

Coursework Requirements

Courses: Units

  • Core Courses:
    SLAVIC 340 History of the Russian Language: 1
    SLAVIC 360 Survey of Russian Poetry - 19th Century: 1
    SLAVIC 361 Survey of Russian Poetry - 20th Century: 1
    SLAVIC 411 Graduate Proseminar: 1
    SLAVIC 430 Studies in Old Russian Literature: 1
    SLAVIC 434 Studies in 18th-Century Russian Literature: 1
  • Other department courses: 6
    Seminars (300- and 400-level): 6
  • Total Required Units: 18

Other PhD Degree Requirements

  • Examinations: comprehensive written examinations generally given in winter quarter of third year; exams cover all periods and genres of Russian literature and Russian intellectual history; students with master's degree from another institution or with exceptionally strong background may take exams in second year; after successful completion of written exams, students take two-hour oral exam
  • Research/Projects: in second year, students choose professor with whom to rework paper written for a previous seminar; paper is reworked into publishable article and presented orally to students and faculty in spring of second year
  • PhD Dissertation: fourth-year students must present preview of dissertation orally to students and faculty of department; dissertation proposal due beginning of fourth year
  • Final Evaluations: approval of dissertation
  • Other: demonstrated ability to read French or German; another language may be substituted upon recommendation of advisor