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Slavic Languages and Literatures

The PhD Program

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures offers a Ph.D. degree in Slavic Languages and Literatures. The Doctor of Philosophy degree is offered with two concentrations: Russian literature, and Slavic linguistics.
Prerequisites for entrance into the doctoral program are a master's degree or its equivalent in Slavic languages and literatures and successful completion of the Ph.D. qualifying examination, generally taken by the student at the end of his or her first semester in the program.
Beyond fulfillment of all specific requirements in the area of concentration, the student must fulfill the foreign language requirement in a Western European language, successfully complete comprehensive examinations, and write an acceptable dissertation.

PhD concentration in Literature

The Ph.D. with concentration in literature require the MA degree and passing a qualifying examination. Further requirement include a detailed knowledge of the history and development of one Slavic literature; oral and written competence in the student's major Slavic language plus an orientation in its structure and history; reading competence in at least one additional Slavic language and a general knowledge of the history of its literature; and 10 to 12 graduate semester credit hours in a minor subject, taken from either outside or within the Department.

PhD concentration in Linguistics

Requirements for the Ph.D. with concentration in linguistics are detailed knowledge of the structure and history of two Slavic languages, each from a different branch (east [Russian], west [Czech or Polish], south [BCS or Slovene]), one of which shall be considered the student's major language, plus reading competence in a third Slavic language; oral and written competence in the student's major Slavic language, and knowledge of the linguistic issues of the student's major Slavic language and his or her second Slavic language. Candidates must complete a minor subject consisting of 10 to 12 graduate semester credit hours, taken from either outside or within the Department. A working knowledge of general linguistics and comparative Slavic linguistics is required.

How to apply

You must apply both to KU Research and Graduate Studies (RGS) on-line and to the Slavic Department by mail.
The documents to be sent directly to the Slavic Department are the following:

  • Statement of Academic Objectives
  • Russian language essay
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Writing sample
  • GRE Exam
  • TOEFL score (for foreign applicants)
  • Transcript of all post-secondary studies
  • Letters of recommendation

Get detailed information about the application procedure at the application webpage of the Kanssas University website.

Information and contacts

Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
University of Kansas
address: 1445 Jayhawk Blvd., Rm. 2133
Lawrence, KS 66045-7590, USA 
tel. 001.785.8643313
fax. 001.785.8644298
If you have questions about applying to the Slavic Graduate program, please contact:
Graduate Director: Prof. Edith W. Clowes
tel. 001.785.8642359


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