The M.A. in Russian Literature
This degree is a prerequisite for the M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in Russian Literature. Full-time students normally complete this portion of the program in two or three semesters. Part-time in the Free-Standing M.A. program must complete the program within four years. Notice that two Residence Units are required for the M.A. degree.
Coursework: 30 points at the graduate level (4000 and higher), 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.
2) Languages: Additional Russian language study at Columbia, or in summer programs elsewhere, if the Department's annual placement and progress examinations indicate such a need. A second Slavic language 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. degree in Russian Literature and formal approval by the department.
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 mentor who, as a rule, is distinct from the student's M.A. adviser. Note that four Residence Units beyond the M.A. (for a total of six) are required for the M.Phil degree.
1) Coursework: Students complete a combined total of at least 30 points of coursework in their major field of Russian literature and their minor field or concentration in Comparative Literature and Society, distribution as follows:
All courses should be chosen in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies and should be taken for a letter grade. The two elective courses can be taken for R credit unless used for certificates (ICLS or Harriman) that require a letter grade.
Concentration in Comparative Literature and Society may
be chosen instead of a minor field. Students are expected to develop
two fields of study in addition to their primary field of Russian
literature. For a full description of the concentration and the
expectations regarding minor fields within the concentration, please see
the web pages of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society.
The concentration requires a total of 24 points (six or seven courses) at the graduate level (4000 and higher) and must include the following:
Students completing the concentration should work closely with the Director of Graduate Studies of both Slavic and Comparative Literature ans Society in developing their fields of study within the concentration, in choosing courses, and determining which courses taken to fulfill the requirements for the major in Russian literature (outlined above) may also count toward the requirements for the concentration.
2) Languages: A reading knowledge of (1) French and
German; or (2) either French or German and one other language of
demonstrable importance to the students research. Proficiency is
established by the departmental examination. Both research languages
should be chosen in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies.
Students completing the Concentration in ICLS will need to fulfill the
language requirements stipulated by ICLS.
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 through participation in the Department's language and literature programs.
4) M.Phil. examination: Students are expected to take the comprehensive examination for the M.Phil. degree during their fourth year of graduate study, preferably at the beginning of the seventh semester. Students are examined in five areas: 1) Old Russian Literature; 2)Literature of the Russian Baroque and Eighteenth Century; 3) Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature; 4)Twentieth-Century Russian Literature; 5) Criticism, Genre, and Literary Institutions. Students take the exam 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 an oral exam, which lasts up to two hours. The written portion of the examination serves as the point of departure for a discussion ranging over the whole field.
Students who do the concentration in Comparative Literature and Society
take modified written and oral portions of the exam, in which they
answer questions about Russian literature and both of their minor
fields. A reading list for this comprehensive exam is available online.
5) Minor Colloquium: This is the student's opportunity to exhibit the work completed in the minor field(s) (the "portfolio") and to reflect on its relationship to the major field and its role in the student's intellectual development. Three faculty members take part in the discussion with the student. (For a full description, please see the Guide to the Minor Colloquium on the Slavic Department website.) Students should schedule the colloquium before the end of their eight semester of graduate study.
Prerequisites this degree are an M.Phil. degree in Russian 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 a second and third readers on the student's dissertation committee.
1) Dissertation brief: in consultation with the faculty 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; an outline of the argument; 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 to dissertation research and writing. All students should enroll in it for R credit, preferably in their 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.