Programs by Campus
Slavic Languages and Literatures
College of Arts and Sciences
Departmental E-mail: iuslavic [at] indiana [dot] edu
Departmental URL: www.indiana.edu/%7eiuslavic/
(Please note that when conferring University Graduate School degrees, minors, certificates, and sub-plans, The University Graduate School’s staff use those requirements contained only in The University Graduate School Bulletin. Requirements may or may not be reflected identically in departmental URLs.)
Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy
Attention is called to the program of the Russian and East European Institute which offers students an opportunity to combine work for an advanced degree in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures with interdisciplinary area study of the former Soviet Union or Eastern Europe.
Attention is also called to the Summer Workshop in Slavic and East European Languages, which provides intensive language training in Russian at advanced levels not available during the regular academic year. The workshop also offers first-year and occasionally second-year courses in other Slavic, East European, and Eurasian languages.
Special Departmental Requirements
(See also general University Graduate School requirements.)
Students wishing the recommendation of the department for teaching positions must present evidence of their ability to teach Russian.
Master of Arts Degre
Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination General Test and satisfactory previous academic record; relevant writing sample and three letters of recommendation. The following are also expected for admission into Tracks 1 and 2: (i) knowledge of the Russian language adequate for graduate study, as determined by a proficiency examination based on the department's fourth-year course and (ii) a general acquaintance with the major works of nineteenth- and twentieth-centurey Russian literature equivalent to at least the materials covered in a two-semester undergraduate survey course. For admission into Track 3, students should demonstrate a clear interest in their language(s) and area(s) of specialization (e.g., prior language study, overseas experience in the relevant country, employment plans which utilize that language, etc.). Students with a Slavic language deficiency are urged to apply to the Summer Workshop.
In addition to the general course requirements, students pursuing the M.A. degree shall complete one of the three programs described as follows. Tracks 1 and 2 are structured primarily for preparing students who wish to continue toward a Ph.D. degree with a specialization in Russian literature or Slavic linguistics; Track 3 is designed mainly for students concentrating in area studies and typically pursuing a departmental language other than Russian.
Track 1 Russian Literature M.A. Requirements
- R500 Proseminar in Russian Literature or CMLT C501 Introduction to Contemporary Literary Studies or equivalent
- L571 Old Church Slavonic or L576 History of the Russian Literary Language or L501 Structure of Russian I
- R501-R502 Fifth Year Russian or equivalent
- R563-R564 Two-semester survey course of Russian literature or equivalent
- Four literature courses (at least three from SLAV, substitutions subject to departmental approval)
Total: 30 credits
Track 2 Slavic Linguistics M.A. Requirements
- L501 Structure of Russian I: Phonology and Morphology
- L502 Structure of Russian II: Syntax and Semantics
- L571 Old Church Slavonic or L576 History of Russian Literary Language or equivalent
- One course in Slavic literature, culture or film
- Two semesters of a West or South Slavic language
- R501-R502 Fifth year Russian or equivalent.
- Two linguistics courses (SLAV or elective from LING, SLS, or other unit, subject to departmental approval)
Total: 30 credits
Track 3 Language and Area Studies
Students taking this option are encouraged to fulfill the addtional requirements for a certificate in the Russian and East European Institute.
- Two courses in Slavic literature, culture, or film at the graauae level
- A departmental language to a minimum level of 4th year proficiency if Russian or 3rd year if some other language
- An additional 18 credit hours, selected with the approval of the graduate advisor, of which at least 9 must be in the departrmnt.
Total: 30 credits, including up to 12 credits from language
No examination is required for a terminal M.A. degree, but a doctoral admission examination, based on the M.A. program for Tracks 1, 2, or 3, is required for admission to Ph.D. work and must normally be passed before the student registers for the fifth semester of graduate work. (A student working simultaneously for the M.A. degree and an area certificate in the Russian and East European Institute must pass the doctoral admission examination before registering for the sixth semester of graduate work.)
Master of Arts for Teachers Degre
Applicants should have a knowledge of the Russian language adequate for graduate study (a minimum of three years is acceptable, but four is preferred). A broad, solid undergraduate program in the liberal arts is strongly recommended. New students must take a proficiency examination in Russian before registering, and those whose performance is inadequate will be required to take appropriate courses in Russian until their proficiency reaches the level required of B.A. candidates in the department.
Major Field Requirements
A minimum of 20 credit hours, to include R501-R502,L501, and R592 or equivalent. Students who have not had a two-semester nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian literature course must take R563-R564 or replace these with two survey-type Russian literature survey courses at the graduate level. Students who have not taken a course in methods of teaching modern foreign languages are required to take Education M445, Methods of Foreign Language Teaching, or the equivalent.
Active knowledge of Russian (fifth-year proficiency level).
Oral and written test of proficiency in Russian.
Doctor of Philosophy Degree
Two plans of study are offered: Plan A: Russian Literature; Plan B: Slavic Linguistics
Plan A: Russian Literature
(A comparable program will be worked out for students choosing another Slavic literature as their major field.)
A doctoral admission examination based on the Indiana University M.A. degree in Slavic languages and literatures under Track 1 (Russian literature). One written exam that covers the following fields: (1) Old Russian Literature and the eighteenth century; (2) the nineteenth century; (3) the twentieth century; (4) poem analysis. Students holding an M.A. in Slavic languages and literatures from another institution may be required, at the discretion of the department, to pass this examination no later than their second semester in attendance at Indiana University.
- 30 credits from M.A.
- 12 credits from minor (if second Slavic language, cannot include first year).
- One Slavic linguistics course.
- Two semesters of a second Slavic language.
- At least six literature courses (at least four from SLAV, substitutions subject to departmental approval),,including at least one seminar.
Total: 90 credits (at least 69 credits of course work and up to 21 credits of dissertation).
Foreign Language Requirement
Reading knowledge of French and German, with substitutions possible subject to department approval.
Three written examinations. One will cover all genres of literature in one of the following three periods: (1) from the beginning to 1800; (2) from 1800 to 1890; (3) from 1800 to the present. The second examination will cover the whole history of Russian literature, but will be confined to all forms of narrative. The third examination will cover one of the following categories in its entirety: (1) poetry, exclusive of drama; (2) dramatic literature; (3) film.
All three of these written examinations are to be taken within two successive semesters. When they have been passed, an oral examination will be given within one month. The oral examination will cover not only all of Russian literature, but also the following: Russian history and culture and major literary developments in the rest of Europe, including those in the second Slavic literature. The examination will be designed to provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate the range and depth of their scholarly interests and ability. In the semester following the oral qualifying exam, students are required to establish a research committee and to submit to all members of that committee a dissertation prospectus of approximately 10-15 pages with a short bibliography.
Plan B: Slavic Linguistics
A doctoral admission examination based on the Indiana University M.A. degree in Slavic languages and literatures under Track 2 (Slavic linguistics). At the discretion of the department and based on the student’s M.A.-level work, this exam may be waived.
- 30 credits from M.A.
- One course in Slavic literature, culture or film
- Two semesters of a third Slavic language. 12 credits from minor .
- At least six linguistics courses, including at least one seminar.
Total: 90 (at least 69 credits of course work and up to 21 credits of dissertation).
Reading knowledge of French and German, with substitutions possible subject to departmental approval.
Three written examinations. One will cover all genres of Slavic literature in one of the following three periods: (10 from the beginning to 1800, (2) from 1800 to 1890, (3) from 1890 to the present.linguistics based on the student’s coursework. The second and third examinations will be in two different specialized areas of Slavic linguistics, with topics and deadlines worked out together with the student’s faculty advisor. While the specialized exams are ordinarily expected to include one topic from Slavic synchronic linguistics and another from Slavic diachronic linguistics, they may be both synchronic or both diachronic so long as the general areas are different.
All three examinations are to be taken within two successive semesters. The general examination is a scheduled written exam, while the second and third will typically be research quality papers written within a period of no more than 10 days. An oral examination will be given within one month after all written exams have been passed. This examination will be designed to provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate the range and depth of their scholarly interests and abilities. In the semester following the oral qualifying exam, students are required to establish a research committee and to submit to all members of that committee a dissertation prospectus of approximately 10-15 pages with a short bibliography.