The M.A. degree in the corresponding literature is a prerequisite for the M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees.
Full time students normally complete this portion of the program in two or three semesters. part-time students in the Free-Standing M.A. program must complete the program within four years.
Note that two Residence Units are required for the M.A. degree.
1) Coursework: 30 points at the graduate level (numbered 4000 and above), including
All courses required for the M.A. are to be selected in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies. Two of the literature and one of the elective courses may be taken for R (registration) credit; all other courses should be taken for a letter grade.
Note that Directed Research courses (CZCH G8001-G8002; POLI G8001-G8002; SOSL G8001-8002; UKRN G8001-8002) may be repeated for credit, since the content varies.
Students in South Slavic Literatures should include one or both of the following courses in their program: Literatures of the South Slavs from the Beginning to Realism (CLSS G4027) and Literatures of the South Slavs from Realism to Today (CLSS G4028).
Students who plan to do the concentration in Comparative Literature and Society should take CPLS G4900 in their first year.
2) Languages: Demonstration (by examination) of an advanced level of proficiency in the primary language of study (Czech, Polish, South Slavic, or Ukrainian); an additional Slavic language, particularly Russian, is encouraged but not required.
3) M.A. Essay: An independent research project completed under the guidance of an adviser. The subject for the essay should be chosen early and should ideally draw on work done in a course. Students may opt for either a longer thesis (50 - 80 pages) or a shorter, article-length essay written with the ultimate goal of producing a scholarly publication on the subject. Students begin the M.A. essay during the second semester of study and submit it in final form no later than the end of the second year. For further information, see M.A. essay guidelines.
Prerequisites for this degree are the M.A. in the relevant literature and formal approval by the Slavic Department and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society.
Students are expected to complete the M.Phil. program before the end of their eighth semester of graduate study.
For the duration of the program, each student works closely with a faculty member who, as a rule, is distinct from the student's M.A. adviser. Students work in their major field as well as toward a concentration in Comparative Literature and Society.
Note that four Residence Units beyond the M.A. (for a total of six) are required for the M.PHil. degree.
Students should work closely with the Director of Graduate Studies of both Slavic and Comparative Literature and Society in choosing their courses and in determining which courses taken to fulfill the requirements for the primary field (outlined above) may also count toward the requirements for the concentration.
Two courses can be taken for R credit with the approval from the Director of Graduate Studies of both programs.
2) Languages: A reading knowledge of two additional languages of demonstrable importance to the student's research. Proficiency is established by department examination. These research languages should be chosen in consultation with the Directors of Graduate Studies in both programs.
3) Teaching requirement: Three years of participation in the Slavic Department's instructional activities. As a rule, in the second, third, and fourth years of study, students gain exposure to teaching by participating in the Department's language and literature programs.
4) M.Phil. examination: Students are expected to take the qualifying examination for the M.Phil. degree during their fourth year of graduate study. Students are examined in their primary literature as well as in both of their minor fields. Students take the written portion of the examination on two consecutive days, writing for three hours on each day. Approximately one week after the written examination, the student meets with a three-member faculty committee for the oral portion of the examination, which lasts up to two hours, and which uses the written portion of the examination as the point of departure for a discussion that ranges over the three areas of study.
Prerequisites for this degree are an M.Phil. degree in the corresponding Slavic Literature and formal approval by the Department.
Students are expected to complete the Ph.D. program before the end of their seventh year of graduate study. For the duration of the program, each student works closely with a faculty adviser and two other faculty members who serve as second and third readers on the student's dissertation committee.
1) Dissertation brief: In consultation with the adviser, the candidate prepares a dissertation brief (approximately 12 pages), consisting of the following parts: a presentation of the thesis and the rationale for the dissertation; and outline of the arguments; an expanded table of contents; a bibliography. The candidate then defends this brief before a committee consisting of the adviser and two other faculty members whose expertise is relevant to the dissertation topic. Upon receiving their approval, the candidate proceeds with the dissertation. Students defend the brief before the end of the fourth year of graduate studies.
2) Dissertation research seminar: A required semester-long seminar aimed to facilitate preparation for brief defense and the transition of dissertation research and writing. All students should enroll in it for R credit, preferably in the fourth year.
3)Dissertation: Students should complete, defend, and deposit their dissertation in accordance with the regulations of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, normally by the end of the seventh year of graduate study.
A comprehensive program of financial aid, including fellowships and appointments in teaching, is available to students in the Ph.D. programs. Students on fellowship receive annually the prevailing stipend and appropriate tuition and health fees through the fifth year, provided that they remain in good academic standing. It is expected that students will apply for external fellowships as well. If students receive a year of advanced standing in the academic program, they are entitled to only four years of GSAS fellowship funding.