The Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures at The Ohio State University has one of the premier comprehensive graduate programs in the country. It offers M.A. and Ph.D. programs in two fields: Slavic Literature, Film, and Cultural Studies and Slavic Linguistics. The faculty place strong emphasis on mentoring graduate students in their research, teaching, and professionalization. In addition to completing a set of basic requirements, students are also given the flexibility to develop their own specialized scholarly interests. They are provided with generous financial support, extensive teacher training, and resources for professional development. The Department has an excellent record of postgraduate job placement. In recent years, it has placed some of its Ph.D. graduates in tenure-track or lecturer positions at such institutions as Brigham Young University, Dickinson College, Grinnell College, Indiana University, Middlebury College, University of Montana, University of New Mexico, University of Pittsburgh, University of Toronto, University of Washington, University of Wisconsin, and Union College. Branching out into ever more diverse fields, other graduates have chosen careers in editing, government, and translation.
The Department's graduate course offerings appeal to a range of intellectual interests. For the Slavic Linguistics specialization, we offer courses on the structure and history of Russian and of the South Slavic, West Slavic, and non-Slavic Balkan languages. We also offer seminars on different aspects of linguistic theory (e.g. morphology, pragmatics) and language acquisition. For the Slavic Literature, Film, and Cultural Studies specialization, we currently offer courses on classical, modernist, Soviet, émigré, and postmodern Russian and East Central European literatures; literary, film, and cultural theory; transpositions of literature into other media; gender and feminist studies; and national identity.
In addition to the Department’s internationally recognized faculty, our students have the opportunity to work with faculty members in such disciplines as Anthropology, Comparative Literature, Education, History, Medieval Studies, Music, Art History, Linguistics, Language Acquisition, Methodology of Language Teaching, and Religious Studies. Departments affiliated with the Ohio State University’s Center for Slavic and East European Studies, one of a few Title VI-funded centers in the U.S., teach nearly 300 related courses and the Center awards Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowships every year. Besides language courses offered by the Department (Albanian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Czech, Old Church Slavonic, Polish, Romanian, and Russian), graduate students can select other languages relevant for their individual research interests, including French, German, Greek, Italian, Latin, Sanskrit, Spanish, Turkish, Yiddish.
The University Libraries have one of the largest collections of Slavic and East European materials in the U.S. The Hilandar Research Library offers unique access to more than a million folia of medieval and early modern Slavic manuscripts, including resources from more than 100 archives. The Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies promotes research in the field through stipends, workshops, and conferences. The Theatre Research Institute includes an important collection of materials on modern Czech theatre. Students in the Department have the opportunity to attend frequent guest lectures and to participate in regular graduate student/faculty fora on Slavic Linguistics and Slavic Literature and Cultural Studies, as well as the Midwest Slavic Conference sponsored by the Center for Slavic and East European Studies. Graduate students are encouraged to go to regional, national, and international conferences, for which they can receive financial support from the Department and from other units at the University.
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