Degree Requirements

Ph.D. Degree Requirements

Students admitted to Ph.D. work in Russian literature or Slavic linguistics must fulfill M.A. requirements and pass the qualifying examination. Students also must fulfill all specific requirements in the concentration, master a western European language, participate in all in departmental colloquia, complete comprehensive examinations, and write a dissertation.

All Ph.D. students are expected to enroll in courses in their concentrations numbered 500 and above offered in a given semester

  1. If they have not previously had the courses or their equivalent,
  2. If it is judged that the course material aids in preparation for comprehensive examinations, and
  3. If it is feasible to incorporate such courses into a given semester’s program.

Requirements for Ph.D. Concentration in Russian Literature

  • Detailed knowledge of the history and development of Russian literature
  • Oral and written competence in Russian language plus an orientation in its structure and history
  • Reading competence in at least one West or South Slavic language and a general knowledge of the history of its literature
  • 9 to 12 graduate semester credit hours in a minor subject either from outside or inside the department
  • An acceptable dissertation

Requirements for Ph.D. Concentration in Slavic Linguistics

  • Detailed knowledge of the structure and history of two Slavic languages, one of which is considered the student’s major language, plus reading competence in a third Slavic language
  • Oral and written competence in the major Slavic language
  • 9 to 12 graduate semester credit hours in a minor subject, either from outside or inside the department
  • Basic knowledge of general and comparative linguistics
  • An acceptable dissertation

Examinations

Qualifying Examination

All students must take the qualifying examination to be admitted to Ph.D. work. For KU students, the M.A. examination serves as the qualifying examination. Students who hold the M.A. degree from another institution but begin Ph.D. work at KU are required to take the qualifying examination within 2 semesters of entry into the program.

Research Skills & Responsible Scholarship Requirement

The university requires that every doctoral student have training in responsible scholarship and research skills pertinent to the field of research and appropriate to the doctoral level. This requirement must be met before taking the comprehensive oral exam. Graduate students in Slavic Languages and Literatures must demonstrate (through course work or examination) reading competence in a western European language, preferably French or German. The student must also take part in all required graduate colloquia. These cover a variety of topics intended to promote and model responsible scholarship and professional development. Faculty and graduate students participate in three colloquia each semester. Issues of responsible scholarship are also imbedded in the curriculum.

Comprehensive Examination

Students may take written and oral comprehensive examinations after fulfilling all other requirements for the Ph.D., with the exception of the dissertation.

Dissertation Defense

Students demonstrate satisfactory completion of the Ph.D. program in their final oral defense of the dissertation and its field and by prompt submission of the thesis.

Contact Info

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Wescoe Hall
1445 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 2134
Lawrence, KS 66045-7594
785-864-3313
http://www2.ku.edu/~slavic/
William J. Comer, Chair
785-864-2848
wjcomer@ku.edu

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Wescoe Hall
1445 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 2134
Lawrence, KS 66045-7594
785-864-3313
http://www2.ku.edu/~slavic/
Stephen M. Dickey, Director of Undergraduate Studies
785-864-3313

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Wescoe Hall
1445 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 2134
Lawrence, KS 66045-7594
785-864-3313
http://www2.ku.edu/~slavic/
Maria Carlson, Director of Graduate Studies
785-864-3313
mcarlson@ku.edu
Ani Kokobobo, Associate Director for Graduate Studies for Recruitment
785-864-2352
akokobobo@ku.edu
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