Requirements for the Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures include:
The 30 semester hours of additional course work beyond the M.A. consist of:
Note the following important information about course work required for the Ph.D.:
Reading proficiency in either French or German is required for all students in the Ph.D. program. Proficiency may be demonstrated by:
Proficiency in either French or German must be demonstrated no later than the semester prior to the semester in which a student expects to take the comprehensive examination.
Reading proficiency in a modern Slavic language other than Russian is required for all students in the Ph.D. program. Proficiency may be demonstrated by:
Proficiency in a modern Slavic language other than Russian must be demonstrated no later than the semester prior to the semester in which a student expects to take the comprehensive examination.
The Russian language examination consists of two components:
The written component includes:
The Russian language examination
No specific dates are set for the comprehensive examination. It is tailored to the individual student. Please note the following important information about the comprehensive examination:
The comprehensive examination consists of two components:
Typically the first day covers medieval and 18th-century literature and a long essay on modern Russian literature. The second day focuses on modern Russian literature. The third day is a one-hour Russian linguistics exam.
In the oral examination, each faculty member of the examination committee has approximately 20 minutes to pose questions. Most commonly the outside member of the committee does not attend the exam. At the end of the oral examination, the student is expected to present the preliminary dissertation proposal.
Once the comprehensive examination has been passed, the candidate should prepare a dissertation proposal using the Dissertation Proposal below as a guide. The proposal should not exceed five pages and should be prepared in consultation with the dissertation advisor. The proposal is submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies.
The proposal must consist of the following:
The Director of Graduate Studies convenes the dissertation committee to discuss the proposal with the candidate. The dissertation committee is the same as the examination committee for the comprehensive examination. It must have four faculty members and must include the dissertation advisor and one faculty member outside the Slavic Department. The proposal must be approved by the dissertation committee as a whole.
The candidate should work closely with the dissertation advisor throughout the course of writing the dissertation. When a final draft has been completed and approved by the dissertation advisor, it should be submitted to all four members of the dissertation committee. The dissertation advisor works with Department staff to establish a date for the dissertation defense.
After a student has submitted the final draft of a dissertation to his/her committee, the committee has accepted it as a completed and potentially final draft, and all committee members are available to participate, the advisor, in consultation with the student and the committee, establishes a date for the dissertation defense. The date must fall between the first and last days of class during the fall or spring semester excluding vacations.
A digital copy of the dissertation should be submitted to the Slavic Department.