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Doctor of Philosophy in Slavic Languages and Literatures

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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, meet the Foreign Language or Other Research Skills requirement, complete comprehensive examinations, and write a dissertation.

Note: Responsible scholarship requirements were approved after this catalog was finalized. Contact your department or program for more information about this requirement for doctoral students.

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


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.

FLORS Requirement

Before receiving permission to attempt the Ph.D. comprehensive examination, the student must demonstrate (through course work or examination) reading competence in a Western European language, preferably French or German.

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.

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