Indiana University Bloomington

Degrees Offered

Academic Bulletin

M.A. Degree | Master of Arts for Teachers Degree | PhD Degree

The M.A. Degree

  • 30 credit hours (20 in the Slavic Department)
  • Completion of one of the three tracks of study:
    • Track 1: Russian Literature
      • R500 Proseminar in Russian Literature or CMLT C501 Introduction to Contemporary Literary Studies or equivalent
      • L571 Old Church Slavonic or L576 History of the Russian Literary Language or L501 Structure of Russian I
      • R501-R502 Advanced Russian Syntax and Stylistics I and II
      • R563-564 Two-semester survey course of Russian literature or equivalent
      • Four literature, culture, or film courses (at least three from SLAV, unless additional substitutions are approved by the department)
      • Total: 30 credits
    • Track 2: Slavic Linguistics
      • L501 Structure of Russian I: Phonology and Morphology
      • L502 Structure of Russian II: Syntax and Semantics
      • L571 Old Church Slavonic or L576 History of Russian Literary Language or equivalent
      • One course in Slavic literature, culture or film
      • Two semesters of a West or South Slavic language
      • R501-R502 Fifth Year Russian or equivalent
      • Two linguistics courses (SLAV or elective from LING, SLS, or other unit, subject to departmental approval)
      • Total: 30 credits
    • Track 3: Language and Area Studies
      • Two courses in Slavic literature, culture, or film at the graduate level
      • A departmental language to a minimum level of 4th year proficiency if Russian or 3rd year if some other language
      • An additional 18 credit hours, selected with the approval of the graduate advisor; of which at least 9 must be in the department.
      • Students taking this option are encouraged to fulfill the additional requirements for a certificate in the Russian and East European Institute.
      • Total: 30 credits, including up to 12 credits from language

Master of Arts for Teachers Degree

Admission Requirements
This program trains graduate students to teach Russian at the secondary and postsecondary levels and prepares them to engage in second language acquisition research. Applicants should have a knowledge of the Russian language sufficient for graduate study (a minimum of three years is acceptable, but four is preferred). A broad, solid undergraduate program in the liberal arts is strongly recommended. New students must take a proficiency examination in Russian before registering, and those whose performance is below the expected level will be required to take appropriate courses in Russian until their proficiency reaches the level required of B.A. candidates in the department.

Major Field Requirements
A minimum of 30 credit hours, to include R501-R502, L501-L502, and R592. Education M445 Methods of Teaching Foreign Language may be substituted for R592 with approval of advisor. Students who have not had a two-semester nineteenth- and twentieth- century Russian literature course should take R563-R564 or substitute other Russian literature, culture, or film courses. Students interested in pursuing doctoral studies in Russian language pedagogy are encouraged to take electives with the Departments of Second Language Studies and Linguistics.

Language Requirement
Mastery of Russian at minimum fifth-year level, as established through coursework or proficiency testing.

Examination
No examination is required for a terminal M.A.T. degree.

PhD Degree

Plan A: Russian Literature

Admission Requirements
Doctoral admission exam: A doctoral admission examination based on the Indiana University M.A. degree in Slavic languages and literatures under Track 1 (Russian literature.) Students holding an M.A. in Slavic languages and literatures from another institution will be required, at the discretion of the department, to pass this examination no later than their second semester in attendance at Indiana University.

Course Requirements

  • 30 credits from M.A
  • One Slavic linguistics course.
  • Two semesters of a second Slavic language.
  • 12 credits from minor (if another Slavic language, cannot include first year).
  • At least six literature, culture, or film courses (at least four from SLAV, substitutions subject to departmental approval), including at least one seminar.

Total: 90 credits (at least 69 credits of course work and up to 21 credits of dissertation).

Language Requirement

  • Active knowledge of written and spoken Russian beyond that required for the M.A
  • Reading knowledge of German, French, and one other Slavic language.

Qualifying Examination

  • 3 written exams, as described in the Bulletin
  • 1 oral exam, as described in the Bulletin

Plan B: Slavic Linguistics

Admission Requirements
Doctoral admission exam: A doctoral admission examination based on the Indiana University M.A. degree in Slavic languages and literatures under Track 2 (Slavic linguistics). At the discretion of the department and based on the student's M.A. -level work, this exam may be waived.

Course Requirements

  • 30 credits from M.A.
  • One course in Slavic literature, culture or film.
  • Two semesters of a third Slavic language.
  • 12 credits from minor.
  • At least six linguistics courses, including at least one seminar.

Total: 90 credits (at least 69 credits of course work and up to 21 credits of dissertation).

Language Requirement

  • Active knowledge of a major Slavic language beyond the minimum required for the M.A.
  • Reading knowledge of one Slavic language from each of the other two branches.
  • Reading knowledge of German and French.

Qualifying Examination

  • 4 written exams, as described in the Bulletin
  • 1 oral exam, as described in the Bulletin

THE DISSERTATION

Each doctoral candidate must write and defend a dissertation which makes an original contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the field.

For information on beginning the dissertation writing process, candidates should speak with their graduate student advisor.

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