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Graduate Record 2005-2006 
Graduate Record 2005-2006 [ARCHIVED RECORD]

Slavic Languages and Literature

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Programs of Study

The department offers programs of study in Slavic Languages and Literatures at the M.A. and Ph.D. levels, and a program in Contemporary Russian Studies at the M.A. level. The Slavic Languages and Literatures degree allows students to specialize in either Russian literature, Slavic folklore, or Slavic linguistics (phonology and morphology) while gaining a modicum of cross-discipline competence designed to prepare them for today’s job market. Students pursuing Contemporary Russian Studies take courses in history, government, language, literature, folklore, and sometimes other fields.

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts

Required of all candidates for the degree are 30 semester credits of course work at the 500 level or above, the passing of a proficiency examination in Russian, and the passing of a comprehensive examination. Students choosing the Contemporary Russian Studies option write a thesis (on which their comprehensive examination will be based), while students choosing Slavic Languages and Literatures submit a major research paper or research portfolio in lieu of a thesis. Thesis courses are normally offered during the academic year only. Details about additional requirements can be found in section 2.1 of the Slavic Department Handbook, available at www.virginia.edu/slavic/faculty_handbook.html

Doctor of Philosophy

Candidates must receive formal permission from the department before undertaking a course of studies leading to the Ph.D. degree; those entering with an M.A. from another university must also pass a qualifying examination during the first semester. In addition to the general University requirements for the Ph.D. degree, candidates must complete no fewer than 60 credits of graduate level courses (or 30 beyond the M.A.); pass a proficiency examination in Russian; demonstrate a reading knowledge of either French or German; demonstrate a reading knowledge of a second Slavic language; pass a written and oral comprehensive examination before undertaking the dissertation; submit and defend a dissertation proposal; and complete a dissertation. Details about additional requirements are available in section 2.2 of the Slavic Department Handbook, available at www.virginia.edu/slavic/faculty_handbook.html.

Course Descriptions

Prerequisites are noted for courses in language and linguistics. Prerequisites may vary from semester to semester and are therefore made known during course enrollment. Graduate standing is ordinarily prerequisite for courses at the 500 level and above.

Russian Language and Literature

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