University of Michigan

College of Literature, Sciences and the Arts (LS&A)

Slavic Languages and Literatures


University of Michigan

426 Thompson St.

Ann Arbor, MI 48109

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Slavic Languages and Literatures, Slavic Languages and Literatures

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Our graduate program currently provides Russian Literature as its main track culminating in the PhD (The MA Degree is earned in progress to the PhD). Russian Literature has traditionally been one of our foci. The Department also boasts major strengths in Polish and Czech studies, and Eastern European Film and Film Theory. Further expanding the area of studies, the Department has faculty whose research focuses on Jewish-Slavic cultural contacts, Balkan Literature, and South Slavic art and architecture. In addition to our existing PhD curriculum, which stresses work in a single national language and literature, we have recently launched a new track that allow students to pursue work in two East European literatures and cultures, enriched by an interdisciplinary perspectives. The primary Slavic language may be Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Czech, Polish, or Russian. The second literature may be one of the above or another East European literature taught in the University (e.g. Yiddish). Finally, the third component of a student's program on this track will comprise of relevant work in another discipline, e.g. History of Art or Architecture, Cinema, Comparative Literature, Philosophy, Anthropology, History, or a Social Science. During their first year of graduate study, students will develop an individualized plan of study, in consultation with faculty mentors, integrating the three components noted above into a coherent intellectual plan for studying the selected literatures in their cross-cultural contexts. The Department has long been known for a breadth of courses few universities can match, as well as for its strong ties with other units across the University. We have a close affiliation with the Center for Russian and East European Studies, as well as joint faculty appointments with the Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, the Department of Comparative Literatures, and the School of Art and Architecture.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Midsize City

Size & Settings: 40,000+

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