Slavic Languages and Literatures
Master of Arts
The General Libraries of the University, anchored by the Perry-Castaneda Library, contain extensive holdings in the primary and secondary works, reference materials, and periodicals needed for advanced research in the languages and cultures of the Slavic lands. The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center is an archival resource that houses much original material of particular use in primary research, including the Alexander Kerensky archive and an extensive collection of diaries, correspondence, and other material dealing with the cultural and political life of Russia and the Soviet Union; there are also considerable holdings in Czech and Polish. The College of Liberal Arts Center for Instructional Technology has extensive audio, video, and computer-based resources, including recordings of folklore and dialect speech.
The Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies offers resources related to the Slavic languages and cultures in print, video, and audio form; it also organizes an extensive program of visitors, conferences, and other events. The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures has its own reference room and multimedia resources, including an extensive film collection. As the faculty places increasing emphasis on electronic resources in teaching and research, facilities for Internet access and use are being expanded.
The department offers coursework in Slavic linguistics, Slavic literatures and cultures, and applied linguistics/pedagogy. Each degree plan includes coursework in a supporting field.
The following faculty members served on the Graduate Studies Committee in the spring semester 1998-1999.
Thomas J. Garza
Students entering the master's degree program should have a bachelor's degree with a major in Russian or another field of Slavic studies, or they must demonstrate equivalent knowledge. A student admitted to the program without this background must acquire it by special coursework for which no graduate credit is given. To be admitted to the doctoral degree program, the student must have a master's degree in Russian or Slavic languages.
Master of Arts
The degree plan consists of Russian 390 (Topic: Old Church Slavic); eighteen additional semester hours of coursework in Slavic languages and literatures; six hours of supporting work; a three-hour graduate course in a primary Slavic language; a one-hour proseminar in Slavic studies, Slavic 180K; and six hours in the thesis course. Supporting work typically is taken outside the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures; it may be taken within the department, with the consent of the graduate adviser, if there is a substantial comparative component. A master's report (three hours) and three additional hours of Slavic languages and literatures may be substituted for the thesis. Students must pass a reading skills examination in Russian as early as possible and must demonstrate a sound knowledge of a second Slavic language by examination or by coursework taken without graduate credit. Finally, each student must present an acceptable master's thesis or report.
Further information about the master's degree program is available from the graduate adviser.
Doctor of Philosophy
Students must choose one of three major fields of concentration: literature and culture, linguistics, or applied linguistics/pedagogy. Students may minor in another of these three areas or, with approval of the graduate adviser, in a related discipline outside the department.
The degree program consists of fifteen semester hours of coursework in the major, nine hours in the minor, and a three-hour graduate course in a primary Slavic language, all beyond the coursework counted toward the master's degree; and six hours in the dissertation course. Each student must demonstrate reading knowledge of a non-Slavic research language. Linguistics majors must demonstrate a sound knowledge of a third Slavic language. Both of these requirements may be met by examination or by coursework taken without graduate credit. To be admitted to candidacy, all students must pass advanced examinations of oral and writing skills in a primary Slavic language and a set of comprehensive examinations based on coursework and a departmental reading list for the major field of concentration. The dissertation must be in the major field.
Further information about the doctoral degree program is available from the graduate adviser.
Campus address: Calhoun Hall (CAL) 415, phone (512) 471-3607, fax (512) 471-6710
Mailing address: Graduate Program, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, The University of Texas at Austin, P O Box 7217, Austin, Texas 78713-7217
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