Slavic and East European Languages and CulturesMaster of Arts

About us

The Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures has one of the premier comprehensive graduate programs in the country.

MA and PhD programs are offered in three fields: 

  • Slavic Literature, Film, and Cultural Studies
  • Slavic Linguistics
  • Second Language Acquisition

The faculty place strong emphasis on mentoring graduate students in their research, teaching, and professionalization. In addition to completing a set of basic requirements, students are also given the flexibility to develop their own specialized scholarly interests. They are provided with generous financial support, extensive teacher training, and resources for professional development.

Job placement The department has an excellent record of postgraduate job placement. In recent years, it has placed some of its PhD graduates in tenure-track or lecturer positions at such institutions as:

  • Brigham Young University
  • Dickinson College
  • Grinnell College
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Indiana University
  • University of Kansas
  • Middlebury College
  • University of Montana
  • University of New Mexico
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Washington
  • College of William and Mary
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Union College 

The department is also committed to providing the resources for graduate students to prepare for careers outside of academia, should they desire. We offer workshops on non-university careers and encourage students to earn certificates in translation, education, and other areas. Several graduates have chosen careers in editing, government, secondary school teaching, and translation work.

Our graduate course offerings appeal to a broad range of intellectual interests, with three major areas of concentration: Literature and Culture, Slavic Linguistics, and Second Language Acquisition (SLA). Department faculty have expertise in:  

  • classical, modernist, Soviet, émigré, and postmodern Russian, Central European, and South Eastern European literatures, film, and interdisciplinary cultural studies
  • transpositions of literature into other media
  • gender and feminist studies
  • digital humanities
  • print media
  • national identity
  • bilingualism
  • language and memory
  • pedagogy;
  • the structure and history of the Slavic languages
  • Balkan linguistics
  • medieval Slavic texts
  • morphology 

We also encourage graduate students to pursue interdisciplinary studies within and outside the department, including programs such as:

  • Comparative Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Political Science
  • Women’s
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Psychology
  • Teaching and Learning

Topics of current and recent dissertation projects include:

  • history in Russian opera
  • prison spaces in Russian literature
  • the criminal song
  • the detective novel
  • autobiographical memory, identity, and immigration
  • language development in heritage speakers
  • acquisition of pragmatic skills on study abroad

Ohio State also hosts the annual Midwest Slavic Conference, which enables graduate students to present their research to a national audience right on campus.

The department works closely with the Center for Slavic and East European Studies, which awards a limited number of Title VI Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships for language study. FLAS fellowships are available for advanced Russian study and for intermediate and advanced study of other Slavic languages. 

The University Libraries have one of the largest collections of Slavic and East European materials in the U.S. The Hilandar Research Library offers unique access to more than a million folia of medieval and early modern Slavic manuscripts, including resources from more than 100 archives.

The Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies promotes research in the field through stipends, workshops, and conferences. The Theatre Research Institute includes an important collection of materials on modern Czech theatre. Students have the opportunity to attend frequent guest lectures and to participate in regular graduate student/faculty fora on Slavic Linguistics and Slavic Literature and Cultural Studies, as well as the Midwest Slavic Conference sponsored by the Center for Slavic and East European Studies. Graduate students are encouraged to go to regional, national, and international conferences.