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Graduate Degree Programs

Russian and Comparative Literature

THOMAS O. BEEBEE, Department Head, Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures
442 Burrowes Building

ROBERT R. EDWARDS, Department Head, Comparative Literature
442 Burrowes Building

Degree Conferred:

M.A. in Russian and Comparative Literature


The Graduate Faculty


The Program

The Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Department of Comparative Literature offer a joint master's degree in Russian and Comparative Literature. The program enables students to concentrate in Russian literature at the graduate level while having the advantages of a comparative context. Students completing this M.A. will acquire an in-depth understanding of Russian literature and culture and will be proficient in Russian and one other foreign language. This program prepares students for further graduate study in Russian, Slavic, or comparative literature, for service with the U.S. or other government, or for employment with an international corporation.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements listed here are in addition to requirements stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin. Applicants apply for admission to the program via the Graduate School application for admission.

Students with appropriate course backgrounds and a 3.00 junior/senior average (on a 4.00 scale) will be considered for admission. Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required. It is expected that students entering this degree program will have proficiency in the Russian language and will have completed a B.A. in Russian or Comparative Literature. Students in other humanistic fields such as philosophy or history who have studied some literature and are proficient in Russian are welcome to apply.

Master's Degree Requirements

Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements stated in the DEGREE REQUIREMENTS section of the Graduate Bulletin.

Candidates for the M.A. degree must earn a minimum of 33 credits at the 400, 500, or 800 level of which at least 18 must be at the 500 level. There are 30 credits required in the following: CMLIT 501 (3 credits), RUS 405 (3 credits), an additional 12 credits in Comparative Literature courses, and an additional 12 credits in Russian at the 400 or 500 level. Also required are: an additional 3 credits in Russian, Comparative Literature, or another approved area; passing a proficiency examination in Russian; demonstration of at least reading knowledge of one other foreign language; and the completion of an acceptable M.A. scholarly paper.

Student Aid

A number of teaching assistantships are available in the Departments of Comparative Literature and Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures for students taking advanced degrees in these disciplines. There is also a graduate assistant position for an editorial assistant. See also the fellowships, graduate assistantships, and other forms of financial aid described in the STUDENT AID section of the Graduate Bulletin. Students on graduate assistantships must adhere to the course load limits set forth in the Graduate Bulletin.


Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.


Last Revised by the Department: Spring 2018

Blue Sheet Item #: 46-05-000

Review Date: 2/20/2018

Faculty linked: 7/11/14

Department heads updated: 4/13/16


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