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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. Graduates should be prepared for service with the U.S. government or an international corporation, or to continue graduate study either in Russian or comparative literature.

Admission Requirements

Requirements listed here are in addition to the general Graduate School requirements stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin. 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 Russian language and will have completed the 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

Candidates for the M.A. degree must earn a minimum of 33 credits of which at least 18 must be at the 500 level. Required courses in Russian include RUS 530 (Seminar in Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature), RUS 525 (Pushkin), and RUS 560 (History of the Russian Language) or RUS 542 (Seminar in Russian Literature in the Twentieth Century) plus an additional 6 credits. Required courses in comparative literature include CMLIT 501 plus an additional 12 credits in comparative literature. Also required are an additional 3 credits in Russian, comparative literature, or another approved area; passing of a proficiency examination in Russian; demonstration of reading knowledge of one other foreign language; and the completion of an acceptable M.A. 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.




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