Deadline for Applications: December 31, 2018
The Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures at The Ohio State University welcomes applicants to their Integrated M.A./Ph.D. program for Autumn 2019. The Department offers graduate students a stimulating intellectual environment and generous financial support. Columbus is a vibrant, contemporary, and liveable city, and the historic Ohio State campus features outstanding library and research collections, up-to-date new and renovated classroom, meeting and athletic facilities, beautiful old trees and sustainable landscaping, and convenient transportation connections within the city and the region.
The graduate course offerings appeal to a broad range of intellectual interests, with three major areas of concentration: Literature and Culture, Slavic Linguistics, and Second Language Acquisition (SLA). Department faculty have expertise in classical, modernist, Soviet, émigré, and postmodern Russian, Central European, and South Eastern European literatures, film, and interdisciplinary cultural studies; transpositions of literature into other media; gender and feminist studies; digital humanities; print media; national identity; bilingualism; language and memory; pedagogy; the structure and history of the Slavic languages; Balkan linguistics; medieval Slavic texts; and morphology. The department also encourages graduate students to pursue interdisciplinary studies within and outside the department and to work with faculty in the departments of Comparative Studies, Linguistics, Political Science, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Psychology, and Teaching & Learning. Topics of current and recent dissertation projects include: history in Russian opera; prison spaces in Russian literature; the criminal song; the detective novel; autobiographical memory, identity, and immigration; language development in heritage speakers; and acquisition of pragmatic skills during study abroad. Ohio State also hosts the annual Midwest Slavic Conference, which enables graduate students to present their research to a national audience right on campus.
The Ohio State program offers graduate students a wide range of teaching opportunities. Students receive extensive teacher training in all levels of language, literature, film, culture, and themed courses, and have access to many resources for professional development, including research awards and support for travel to conferences. Our M.A./Ph.D. program prepares students for both academic and non-academic professions. Ph.D. graduates of the program in recent years have obtained academic positions at such institutions as Arizona State University, Brigham Young University, East Carolina University, the University of Hawaii, the University of Pennsylvania, William and Mary, and the College of Wooster. Others have found positions both domestically and abroad in the fields of government, administration, business, international education, and medical insurance. The department offers workshops on non-university careers and facilitate networking with program graduates who have chosen careers in editing, government, secondary school teaching, and translation work.
Prospective applicants should have a background in Slavic Studies or a related field. Candidates for admission should give evidence of academic excellence and intellectual promise, as measured by criteria such as undergraduate grades, scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), evaluations in letters of recommendation, and the quality of the writing sample. The department particularly pays attention to the candidate’s undergraduate performance in Russian and/or other Slavic languages and in related subjects. All incoming graduate students are expected to teach Russian language as their first TA appointment and will be interviewed in Russian prior to their admission to the program.
The primary degree granted by the Department is the Ph.D. Those interested in an interdisciplinary M.A. in Slavic Studies should consider applying to the master’s program at Ohio State’s Center for Slavic and East European Studies, which draws on faculty from across the university to prepare students for East European-related careers in government, the military, and the private sector. See http://slaviccenter.osu.edu/index.html.
To learn more about the Department and how to apply see https://slavic.osu.edu/graduate- studies/prospective-students. Other inquiries should be addressed to Angela Brintlinger, Graduate Studies Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications must be received by December 31 to be considered for funding.