The Ph.D. in Czech, Polish, South Slavic, or Ukrainian Literature (Slavic Languages) with a Certificate in Comparative Literature

The Ph.D. program in Czech, Polish, South Slavic, or Ukrainian Literature (with a Certificate in Comparative Literature) is structured as a three-degree sequence: M.A./M.Phil./Ph.D.  Students with an equivalent M.A. from elsewhere are granted up to two Residence Units of transfer credit for their previous graduate work and enter the program at the M.Phil. (or advanced M.A.) level. 

THE M.A. IN CZECH, POLISH, SOUTH SLAVIC, OR UKRAINIAN LITERATURE

The M.A. degree in the corresponding literature is a prerequisite for the M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees.

Students normally complete this portion of the program in two or three semesters. Note that two Residence Units (RU) are required for the M.A. degree.

Educational goals:

Students will

  • expand their general knowledge of the Slavic literary tradition of their choice;
  • become conversant in twentieth and twenty-first-century critical and cultural theory and learn to negotiate the fundamental idioms and axioms of our academic practices;
  • achieve a high level of proficiency in the Slavic language of their choice;
  • learn the skills associated with independent research and academic writing.
     

Requirements:

1) Coursework: 30 points at the graduate level (numbered 4000 and above), including:

  • at least three courses in the primary literature (Czech, Polish, South Slavic, or Ukrainian);
  • the Proseminar in Literary Studies (SLLT GR8001) - an introduction to critical theory and methods, to be taken during the first semester of graduate study;
  • four points of Directed Research for the completion of the Master's Essay; to be taken with the M.A. essay adviser during the second and third semesters (2 points per semester);
  • three additional elective courses, which may include courses in other Slavic literatures or in other disciplines.  Note that ICLS encourages students to take Introduction to Comparative Literature and Society (CPLS GR6100) for a letter grade during the first year of study; this course may be counted as one of the electives for the Slavic M.A.

All courses required for the M.A. are to be selected in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS). One of the literature and one of the elective courses may be taken for R (registration) credit; all other courses should be taken for a letter grade.  Courses taken P/F (pass/fail) normally do not count toward the degree.

Note that Directed Research courses (CZCH GR8001- GR8002; POLI GR8001- GR8002; SOSL GR8001- GR8002; UKRN GR8001- GR8002) may be repeated for credit, since the content varies.

Students in South Slavic Literatures should include one or both of the following courses in their program: Literatures of the South Slavs from the Beginning to Realism (CLSS GU4027) and Literatures of the South Slavs from Realism to Today (CLSS GU4028).

2) Languages: Demonstration (by examination) of an advanced level of proficiency in the primary language of study (Czech, Polish, Bosnian-Serbian-Croatian, or Ukrainian); an additional Slavic language, particularly Russian, is encouraged but not required.

3) M.A. Essay: An independent research project (30 - 60 pages) completed under the guidance of an adviser and submitted before the end of the third semester. For further information, see M.A. Essay guidelines.

 

WORKSHEET FOR TRACKING PROGRESS TOWARD THE DEGREE 

 

Advising:  Students in the M.A./M.Phil./Ph.D. program work closely with advisers at every stage.  The Director of Graduate Studies meets with all students pursuing the M.A. and M.Phil. in advance of each semester to discuss course selection and degree requirements, as well as throughout the academic year as the need arises.  At the end of their first semester, M.A. students consult with the Proseminar instructor and the DGS to choose a specific adviser (and second reader) for the Masters Essay.  After the Masters Essay has been completed, the student selects a mentor, the faculty member who serves as a dedicated adviser until the student identifies a Dissertation Sponsor (and two additional committee members) at the completion of the M.Phil.  By the time students finish the Ph.D., most will have had the opportunity to work with all regular faculty members in the Department. 

Because the programs in Czech, Polish, South Slavic, and Ukrainian involve the Certificate in Comparative Literature and Society, students in these programs must consult regularly with the Director of Graduate Studies in ICLS as well.  Detailed information about ICLS Certificate requirements and the ICLS worksheet for tracking progress to the certificate are available at: http://icls.columbia.edu/programs/language-and-literature-track/

Good Standing:  To be in good academic standing in the sequential Ph.D. program, students must make demonstrable progress toward the degree, hold no more than one mark of Incomplete at any given time, and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above.  One or more course grade of B- or below will be cause for serious concern and may lead to academic probation.  Departmental standards supersede any school-wide expectations posted on the GSAS website.
 

THE M.PHIL. IN CZECH, POLISH, SOUTH SLAVIC, OR UKRAINIAN LITERATURE WITH A CERTIFICATE IN COMPARATIVE LITERATURE AND SOCIETY

Prerequisites for this degree are the M.A. in the relevant literature (or two Residence Units in transfer credit) and formal approval by the Slavic Department and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society.

Students are expected to complete the M.Phil. program before the end of their eighth semester of graduate study.  Those who enter the program with two RUs in transfer credit and proceed directly to the M.Phil. must complete all M.Phil. requirements before the end of their sixth  semester in the program. 

For the duration of the program, each student works closely with a faculty mentor who, as a rule, is distinct from the student's M.A. adviser. Students work in their major field as well as toward a Certificate in Comparative Literature and Society.

Note that four Residence Units beyond the M.A. (for a total of six) are required for the M.Phil. degree.

Educational goal:

 Students will

  • demonstrate advanced-level knowledge of the Slavic literary tradition of their choice and the Slavic academic field;
  • pursue the Certificate in Comparative Literature and Society, developing two fields of study in addition to their primary field in Slavic Literature.  For a full description of the certificate program and expectations regarding minor fields, please see the web pages of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society.
  • acquire pedagogical skills in a variety of classroom experiences by teaching both the Slavic languages of their major field and courses in literature under guided supervision;
  • achieve proficiency in two additional languages that are central to their individual research program;
  • continue to hone their skills in academic discourse, research, and writing through coursework, academic publications and conference participation, and involvement in the academic life of the Department, the Harriman Institute, and ICLS.


Requirements:

1) Coursework:
 at least 30 points beyond the M.A. degree. Specific requirements are as follows:

  • four courses for a letter grade in the primary field (Czech, Polish, South Slavic, or Ukrainian), including one advanced language course;
  • all courses (minimum of six) required for the Certificate in Comparative Literature and Society for a total of 20-24 points  (12 of which must be taken for a letter grade) at the graduate level (4000 and higher), including:
     
  1. Introduction to Comparative Literature and Society (CPLS GR6100) for a letter grade, preferably taken during the first year of graduate study;
  2. two doctoral seminars in comparative topics with CPLS designation (one for a letter grade);
  3. two courses (one for a letter grade) in a language other than the primary Slavic language, reading texts in their original language (even  when class is conducted in English)
  4. ​​one seminar on literature and/or literary theory with a CPLS designation
     
  • Two additional elective courses.

Students should work closely with the DGS of both Slavic and Comparative Literature and Society in choosing their courses and in determining which courses taken to fulfill the requirements for the primary field may also count toward the requirements for the certificate, as well as which of the certificate courses may be used to satisfy requirements for the Slavic M.Phil.

2) Languages: Proficiency in two additional languages of demonstrable importance to the student's research. These research languages should be chosen in consultation with the Directors of Graduate Studies in both programs.

3) Teaching requirement: Three years of participation in the Slavic Department's instructional activities. As a rule, students gain exposure to teaching by participating in the Department's language and literature programs during the second, third, and fourth years of study. 

4) M.Phil. Examination: Students are expected to take the qualifying examination for the M.Phil. degree during their fourth year of graduate study, preferably at the beginning of the seventh semester; students with transfer credit who enter the program at M.Phil. level are expected to take the comprehensive exam during their third year in the program, preferably at the beginning of the fifth semester.  The examination is conducted by a board of three examiners, chosen in consultation with the DGS of both Slavic and ICLS to correspond to the student’s three fields (the major and the two minors).  At least one member of the committee must be ICLS affiliated faculty.  The student works with the relevant committee member to develop the topic and reading list for each field.  The written examination entails timed responses to four questions, two on the topic of the major field and one question on each of the minor field topics.  Approximately one week after the written examination, the student meets with the committee for the oral portion of the examination, which lasts up to two hours. The written portion of the examination serves as the point of departure for a discussion that ranges across the three areas of study.


THE PH.D. IN CZECH, POLISH, SOUTH SLAVIC, OR UKRAINIAN LITERATURE WITH A CERTIFICATE IN COMPARATIVE LITERATURE AND SOCIETY

Prerequisites for this degree are an M.Phil. degree in the corresponding Slavic Literature and formal approval by the Department.

Students are expected to complete the Ph.D. program before the end of their seventh year of graduate study; the maximum time allowed for the satisfaction of all requirements is nine years of continuous registration.  Students granted two RUs of advanced standing are expected to finish by the end of year six; for these students the maximum allowable time to completion is eight years of continuous registration.

For the duration of the program, each student works closely with a faculty sponsor and two other faculty members who serve as second and third readers on the student's dissertation committee.  Either the sponsor or second reader must be ICLS affiliated faculty. 

Educational goals: 

Students will

  • develop an independent research project for a doctoral dissertation; 
  • produce an original work that substantially contributes to the Scholarship in Slavic studies and their other fields of inqiry.

Requirements:

1) Doctoral Research Seminar: A required two-semester seminar meant to facilitate the preparation and defense of the idssertation brief and the transition to dissertation research and writing. All students should enroll in it for R credit, preferably in the fourth year (year three for students who enter with advanced standing).

2) Dissertation brief:  

Students are advised to review the ICLS guidelines for developing a dissertation project that is in some sense comparative: http://icls.columbia.edu/programs/dissertation-prospectus-review-and-defense-concentration-certificate/

The dissertation brief should

  • articulate the core idea of the dissertation (the questions and insights that drive it, the argument that is emerging)
  • identify the material you will draw upon in your analysis
  • characterize any methodological or theoretical perspectives you will bring to bear on your material
  • establish the scholarly significance of your study, situating it in the field(s) to which it aspires to belong. 
  • outline the dissertation’s projected structure

Approximate length: 15 pages, exclusive of bibliography. For further specifications see Dissertation Brief guidelines.

The candidate defends the brief before a committee consisting of the sponsor and two other faculty members whose expertise is relevant to the dissertation topic The defended brief must then be submitted to ICLS for the dissertation prospectus review.  Note that ICLS has specific formatting requirements for the submission of the prospectus.  Please review the detailed instructions on the ICLS website: http://icls.columbia.edu/programs/dissertation-prospectus-review-and-defense-concentration-certificate/

 Students must defend the brief before the end of the fourth year of graduate studies; those who enter with advanced standing must do so before the end of the third year in the program.

3) Dissertation: Students should complete, defend, and deposit their dissertation in accordance with the regulations of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, normally by the end of the seventh year of graduate study; those who enter with advanced standing normally complete, defend, and deposit their dissertations by the end of their sixth year in the program.