Doctoral Program

Admission

Please see the requirements for admission to the Doctoral Program under the “Graduate Admissions” section of this site.

Coursework

At least 90 credits, including graduate course credits taken toward the M.A. Degree, and at least one full year of residence at the University of Washington. 

Required courses and number of credits:  10 credits 

  • RUSS 501 – Russian Language for Graduate Students (2 credits)
  • RUSS 502 – Russian Translation (3 credits)
  • SLAVIC 501 – Using Slavic Resources (or equivalent) (2 credits)
  • SLAVIC 519 – Slavic Language Pedagogy (or equivalent) (3 credits)

Second Slavic Language 15 credits for Literature track 30 credits for Linguistic

1 graduate linguistics course 5 credits

  • SLAVIC 425 – Ways of Meaning: Universal and Culture Specific Aspects of Language
  • SLAVIC 426 – Ways of Feeling: Expressions of Emotion Across Languages and Cultures
  • SLAVIC 470 – Special Topics in Slavic Linguistics
  • SLAVIC 550 Synchronic Slavic Linguistics
  • SLAVIC 551 Introduction to the History of Slavic Languages
  • SLAVIC 561 – History of the East Slavic Languages
  • SLAVIC 562 – History of the West Slavic Languages
  • SLAVIC 563 – History of the South Slavic Languages
  • SLAVIC 565 – Old Church Slavic SLAVIC
  • 566 – Readings in Old Church Slavic
  • SLAVIC 570 – Special Topics in Slavic Linguistics

1 graduate literature course  5 credits Lit track/0 credits Ling

  • BCS 420 – Literature, Film, and Culture of the Former Yugoslavia and the Yugoslav Successor States
  • CZECH 420 – Modern Czech Literature in Translation  
  • POLSH 420 – Modern Polish Literature in Translation
  • RUSS 420 – Topics in Russian Literary and Cultural Scene
  • RUSS 421 – Post-Soviet Literary and Cultural Scene
  • RUSS 422 – Russian Literature in Emigration and Exile
  • RUSS 423 – Russian Film
  • RUSS 424 – Topics in Ethnicity and Cultural Identity
  • RUSS 425 – Russian Drama
  • RUSS 426 – Russian Art and Architecture
  • RUSS 430 – Major Authors
  • RUSS 512 – Russian Literary Criticism
  • RUSS 520 – Topics in Russian Literature and Culture
  • RUSS 521 – Russian Literature to 1800
  • RUSS 522 – Russian Literature of the Nineteenth Century
  • RUSS 523 – Russian Literature of the Twentieth Century
  • RUSS 526 – Modern Russian Literary, Cultural, and Film Studies
  • RUSS 542 – Seminar in Russian Poetry
  • RUSS 543 – Seminar in Contemporary Russian Prose
  • RUSS 570 – Research Seminar in Russian Literature
  • RUSS 577 – Russian Folk Literature
  • SLAVIC 423 – East European Fillm
  • SLAVIC 490 – Studies in Slavic Literatures
  • SLAVIC 520 – New Trends in Literary Theory

2 electives  (10 credits)

  • BCS 420 – Literature, Film, and Culture of the Former Yugoslavia and the Yugoslav Successor States
  • CZECH 420 – Modern Czech Literature in Translation
  • POLSH 420 – Modern Polish Literature in Translation RUSS 420 – Topics in Russian Literary and Cultural Scene
  • RUSS 421 – Post-Soviet Literary and Cultural Scene
  • RUSS 422 – Russian Literature in Emigration and Exile
  • RUSS 423 – Russian Film
  • RUSS 424 – Topics in Ethnicity and Cultural Identity
  • RUSS 425 – Russian Drama RUSS 426 – Russian Art and Architecture
  • RUSS 430 – Major Authors
  • RUSS 512 – Russian Literary Criticism
  • RUSS 520 – Topics in Russian Literature and Culture
  • RUSS 521 – Russian Literature to 1800 
  • RUSS 522 – Russian Literature of the Nineteenth Century
  • RUSS 523 – Russian Literature of the Twentieth Century
  • RUSS 526 – Modern Russian Literary, Cultural, and Film Studies
  • RUSS 542 – Seminar in Russian Poetry
  • RUSS 543 – Seminar in Contemporary Russian Prose
  • RUSS 570 – Research Seminar in Russian Literature
  • RUSS 577 – Russian Folk Literature
  • SLAV 423 – East European Film SLAV 490 – Studies in Slavic Literatures
  • SLAV 520 – New Trends in Literary Theory
  • SLAVIC 425 – Ways of Meaning: Universal and Culture Specific Aspects of Language
  • SLAVIC 426 – Ways of Feeling: Expressions of Emotion Across Languages and Cultures

  • SLAVIC 470 – Special Topics in Slavic Linguistics

  • SLAVIC 550 Synchronic Slavic Linguistics
  • SLAVIC 551 Introduction to the History of Slavic Languages
  • SLAVIC 561 History of the East Slavic Languages
  • SLAVIC 562 History of the West Slavic Languages
  • SLAVIC 563 History of the South Slavic Languages
  • SLAVIC 565 Old Church Slavic
  • SLAVIC 566 Reading in Old Church Slavic
  • SLAVIC 570 Special Topics in Slavic Linguistics
  • UKR 420 Literature, Film, and Culture of the Ukraine

Electives from other departments  (0-10 credits)
(agreed upon with the adviser)

Certificate   6 credits

Dissertation research     29 credits
including a 5 credit dissertation prospectus workshop

Supervisory Committee

You are expected to ask a member of the Graduate Faculty to serve as Committee Chair of the Supervisory Committee. Together, you will then proceed to form a three- or four-member Committee, at least two of whom are from the Department. The Committee Chair will seek the approval of the other proposed members. In addition, you are responsible for finding a suitable Graduate Student Representative (GSR) for the Supervisory Committee. The entire slate for the student’s Supervisory Committee is then submitted to the Graduate Program Advisor for approval and forwarding to the Graduate School. From this point on the candidate and the Committee Chair are expected to keep all members of the Committee informed of the student’s progress toward the examinations.

Guidance on selecting a suitable GSR may be found at www.grad.washington.edu/policies/memoranda/memo13.shtml and at www.grad.washington.edu/gradfac, and in the detailed instructions for Comprehensive Exam arrangements below.

Readings

The size of our doctoral program dictates that some of the post-M.A. credits will be satisfied with individually arranged Reading Courses (independent study courses). The courses should be mutually agreed upon by the student and the Committee Chair, and they should be organized with an eye to the comprehensive examinations. Students whose emphasis is Slavic linguistics will be expected to include a third Slavic language as a field.

Language Requirements

 

 Second Slavic language

Students should take one year of a second (non-Russian) Slavic language (401-403 sequence) or test out of 403. Students who test out of 403 will take additional elective credits to fulfill minimum credit requirements for the degree. Students with a linguistic focus are strongly encouraged to take two years of one language (401-406 sequence), or take at least one year of two different second Slavic languages (for example, one year of BCMS (BCMS 401-403 and one of Polish P401-403). If they choose this option they are not required to take the literature course and the 2 electives from other departments

Comprehensive Examinations

Students are expected to schedule their written exams no later than the end of the eighth quarter of full residency, to take place in the spring of their third year. At that time students take two Written Examinations in areas closely related to their research interests. At the discretion of each examiner, the examinations may be either four-hour examinations in situ or three-day take-home essays. A student may be excused from one field examination if the Committee accepts a paper published in a reviewed journal in lieu of that examination. In the fall of their fourth year students compose a dissertation prospectus. In that same quarter students take their oral exam, which would cover their annotated bibliography and the prospectus.
    Graduate students in Linguistics will discuss each potential examination with the examiner for that field, presenting, where required, a personal reading list for the exam. Graduate Students in Russian Literature should refer to the Ph.D. Exam Reading List. They should discuss and, if needed, modify this list in consultation with their adviser and Committee members at least two months prior to the first written exam.
     Upon completion of the Written Examinations, the exams and the comments prepared by each examiner will be made available to all members of the Committee as well as to the student. The examinations will be kept in the student’s permanent file in the departmental office. The students may discuss the comments they received on the written exams with their Committee members before the oral exam.
     With the approval of the Dissertation Reading Committee (three people, usually a subset of the Supervisory Committee), the candidate will defend the dissertation during the spring quarter of their fifth year in a Final Examination open to the graduate faculty of the university and invited guests.

Progress Review

The progress of doctoral students towards their degree is reviewed by the same process as is described above for M.A. students.  The department follows Graduate School guidelines concerning doctoral degree requirements and satisfactory performance and progress toward completion (guidelines), but can make exceptions in extenuating circumstances.

Dissertation Writing

After the successful completion of the General Examination, the candidate submits a detailed dissertation prospectus to be approved by the Supervisory Committee.

A good example of the composition of a prospectus is outlined in this page from the OSU Department of Comparative Studies.

The candidate must register for a minimum of three quarters of Slavic 800 at a maximum of ten credits per quarter before submitting a dissertation for defense.  Students are required to provide a copy of the final version of their dissertation to the Slavic Department to be retained in the departmental library.

Dissertation Defense

With the approval of the Dissertation Reading Committee (three people, usually a subset of the Supervisory Committee), the candidate will defend the dissertation in a Final Examination open to the graduate faculty of the university and invited guests. To schedule a dissertation defense, a number of departmental and Graduate School procedures must be followed. It is the graduate student’s responsibility to find a day and time for the Dissertation Defense. Here are instructions and some useful suggestions for scheduling the defense and preparing for it.

Students entering Ph.D. program with an M.A. from UW Slavic

The above applies to students coming into the program with a BA or with an MA from another institution. Students who enter the program upon following the MA degree from UW will already have 45 of the above credits. These students should be able to move through the program in 4 rather than 5 years. They will be strongly encouraged to complete a graduate certificate and required to take one additional Slavic department elective (in literature or linguistics, depending on their focus). They will not be required to take other department electives.
     Starting in their first year students prepare a PhD reading list of 30-40 primary sources and 20-25 secondary sources. Throughout their second year students produce an annotated bibliography of these materials. They take their two written exams in the fall of their second year.
     Upon completion of the Written Examinations, the exams and the comments prepared by each examiner will be made available to all members of the Committee as well as to the student. The examinations will be kept in the student’s permanent file in the departmental office. The students may discuss the comments they received on the written exams with their Committee members before the oral exam.
     In the fall of their third year students compose a dissertation prospectus. In that same quarter students take their oral exam, which would cover their annotated bibliography and the prospectus.
     With the approval of the Dissertation Reading Committee (three people, usually a subset of the Supervisory Committee), the candidate will defend the dissertation in a Final Examination open to the graduate faculty of the university and invited guests.