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Slavic Languages and Literatures

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures of the Stanford University offers a fully funded five-year program leading to the Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures.
During the course of study, students enrolled in the program must develop substantial expertise in a field contiguous to the area of specialization. A candidate may elect to present a full minor or, in consultation with the graduate adviser, develop a special program in a related field.

The program

Candidates for the Ph.D. degree are allowed as much freedom as possible in the selection of course work to suit their individual program of study. However, candidates are held responsible for all of the areas covered by the general examinations. For this reason, it is strongly recommended that before taking Ph.D. examinations, students specializing in literature complete seminar-level work directly related to the following broad areas:

  • Russian poetry
  • The Russian novel
  • 20th-century Russian literature
  • 19th-century Russian literature (the Age of Pushkin and after)
  • 18th-century Russian literature (from the early 1700s to the Age of Pushkin)
  • Medieval Russian literature 
  • A monograph course on a major Russian author
  • Theory of literature

How to apply

Admission to graduate program is for matriculation in autumn quarter only.
Requirements for the applicants to the program are the following:

  • TOEFL (for international students)
  • Official transcripts
  • Statement of purpose
  • Completed application form
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A writing sample, preferably on Russian literature

The deadline to apply is January 31, 2008.

Information and contacts

Stanford University
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
address: Stanford, CA 94305-2006 
tel. 001.650.7234438 
fax. 001.650.7250011 

Academic Administrator: Ipshita Senbasu


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