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Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures - Doctor of Philosophy 400 Hagerty Hall
1775 College Road
Columbus, OH 43210
phone: 614-292-6733

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 two fields:

  • Slavic Literature, Film, and Cultural Studies
  • Slavic Linguistics

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, and 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.

The department's graduate course offerings appeal to a range of intellectual interests. For the Slavic Linguistics specialization, we offer courses on the structure and history of Russian and of the South Slavic, West Slavic, and non-Slavic Balkan languages. We also offer seminars on different aspects of linguistic theory (e.g. morphology, pragmatics) and language acquisition. For the Slavic Literature, Film, and Cultural Studies specialization, we currently offer courses on classical, modernist, Soviet, émigré, and postmodern Russian and East Central European literatures; literary, film, and cultural theory; transpositions of literature into other media; gender and feminist studies; translation studies, and national identity. In addition to the Department’s internationally recognized faculty, our students have the opportunity to work with faculty members in numerous and diverse disciplines.

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.