Slavic Cultures

M.A. in Slavic Cultures

This program is designed for graduate students with a cultural interest in Russia and Eastern Europe and leads only to the free-standing M.A. degree. It does not lead toward a doctorate.

The program is normally completed in two or three semesters.  Part-time students must complete the program within four years.

Educational goals:
Students will:

  • expand their general knowledge of Slavic cultures;
  • encounter cross-disciplinary strategies and tools for studying the cultural and intellectual heritage of the Slavic peoples;
  • learn the skills associated with independent research and academic writing.


1) Coursework:
at least 30 points (eight courses) at the graduate level (numbered 4000 and above), selected in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies. These may be relevant courses in departments other than Slavic, such as Art History and Archeology, History, Political Science, Human Rights, Economics, and Sociology. Up to eight points (two courses) may be taken for R credit. Students writing an M.A. essay take a Directed Research course (for graded credit) with their essay adviser.

2) M.A. essay or comprehensive exam: Students must either write an M.A. essay (30 - 60 pages) or take a comprehensive examination on their course work.