2013–2014

SLAVIC LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES

The First Two Years

Course requirements for the two general programs of study in either Plan A Slavic Literatures or Plan B Slavic Linguistics are normally fulfilled during the first two years of study. All students are required to take the Proseminar and Old Church Slavonic, the former in the first term of the first year.

Plan A

Slavic languages and literatures with concentration on the study of literature. The candidate will choose one major Slavic language and literature and a minor field, which can be another Slavic language and literature, another European language and literature, Slavic linguistics and language pedagogy, Russian and East European history, or comparative literature (six courses in the major field and four in the minor field).

Plan B

Slavic languages and literatures with concentration on the study of Slavic linguistics. The candidate will choose one Slavic language as the major, a second one as one minor, and two courses in a related elective field as the second minor (four courses in the major field and four in the minor fields). Additionally, Introduction to Comparative Slavic Linguistics (Linguistics 252) and Introduction to Linguistics (Linguistics 110) are required.

For more detailed information, students are referred to the Graduate Program Requirements document, available in the department office and on the Slavic department website.

Good Standing

The minimum standard set by the department for satisfactory work by graduate students is an A-/B+ average (as many A’s as B’s) in the courses that count toward degree requirements. Students who fall below this level must, in the following term, demonstrate their ability to meet this minimum. Students are allowed only one Incomplete at a time. Only students who remain in good standing are eligible to take the PhD general examinations.

Language Requirements

Before the candidate is eligible for the general examination, a reading knowledge of both French and German or French or German, plus one other language of demonstrable importance to the student’s research interests must be demonstrated and departmental requirements in the major Slavic language and in the minor Slavic language or languages (one for candidates who have chosen a second Slavic field under Plan A, two for Plan B) must be satisfied. (See the Graduate Program Requirements document, available in the department office and on the Slavic department website, for more specific details.)

Policy on Incompletes

Students may have one Incomplete in a term and must ask permission of the director of graduate studies. They must make clear that this will be the only Incomplete requested that term. The Incomplete must be made up by the end of the next term. Students may not request another Incomplete until the one outstanding has been made up. In addition, students may not begin their minor or major general examinations if they have an Incomplete in the field to be examined. To be eligible to teach, students must not have any Incompletes in their required courses.

Other Requirements

Out of the sixteen half-courses required, at least two must be seminars or conference courses, which involve the writing of a substantial research paper. 100-level courses in literature may be counted for graduate credit with permission of the chair and the professor involved, and on condition that a graduate-level paper is submitted as part of the coursework. All sixteen half-course requirements must be completed with a grade before proceeding to the general examinations.

Master of Arts (AM)

The department does not admit candidates for a terminal AM degree. PhD candidates may, however, apply for an AM degree after having completed, with satisfactory grades, eight half-courses that satisfy department requirements. The degree may also be offered to students unable to complete the PhD.

Teaching

As part of their preparation, candidates are expected to teach within their areas of specialization. Teaching is supervised by members of the department and includes a program of teacher training.

Advising

Through the pre-generals period and until the time a prospectus is approved, the director of graduate studies advises all graduate students. When a student submits his or her prospectus to the department, however, she or he also names an advisor to direct the dissertation as first reader, and recommends the second and third readers as well. Once the department approves the prospectus, the student will work with these three faculty members (at least one of whom must be a department member) as needed throughout the dissertation process. At the beginning of each term, the director of graduate studies is responsible for meeting with all the graduate students and signing their study cards.

General Examinations

Before proceeding to write a dissertation, the candidate must pass the following general examinations, which will be offered only during the fall and spring terms. The minor examination may be taken after the candidate has satisfied all course requirements, usually at the beginning of the third year. A student who intends to stand for the major examinations must submit a formal application to the director of graduate studies no later than the term preceding the one in which the examinations are to be given. A student should aim to begin the general examinations by the beginning of the fourth year. See www.slavic.fas.harvard.edu for more extensive details.

Plan A: Literature

Part 1. A minor field portfolio and collective presentation.

Part 2a. A four-hour written examination that will consist of eight textual excerpts from a range of periods and genres. The author, title, and year the work was written will be identified. The student will write on six of these excerpts, contextualizing each within literary history and the author’s creative biography, and also analyzing the work’s formal features.

Part 2b. A single take-home essay in which the student will be given 48 hours to complete the essay and an expected word count for the result. The written part of the exam is to be taken no more than one month before Part 3.

Part 3. A one-hour prospectus conference.

Plan B: Linguistics

Part 1. A two-hour written examination testing the candidate’s knowledge of Slavic linguistics from a comparative-historical or contrastive perspective. Or a minor field portfolio and a ten-minute oral presentation.

Part 2. A three-hour written examination on the linguistics of the candidate’s major language in the context of the Slavic family. This is taken no more than one month before Part 3.

Part 3. A two-hour comprehensive oral examination centering on (although not limited to) five “fields”; the fields are to be chosen by the candidate in consultation with the professors in the department.

Dissertation and Submission

A dissertation prospectus must be submitted for review and approval by all members of the department. Graduate students should plan to submit a prospectus by the end of the fourth year, if not sooner. The dissertation must give evidence of original research or of original treatment of the subject and must be in good literary form. The dissertation should be completed within three years after the general examinations. The PhD candidate is then asked to give a defense before the members of the department.

The dissertation must give evidence of original research or of original treatment of the subject and must be in good literary form. It should be completed within three years after the general examinations. The PhD candidate is then asked to give a defense before the members of the Department.

Dissertations are now submitted electronically through ProQuest to the registrar of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences by the deadline established for each degree conferral date. The final manuscript should conform to the requirements described in the Form of the Doctoral Dissertation. The Department requires that a bound hard copy also be submitted to the Slavic Department, to be maintained in the Graduate Student Reading Room.

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