The Combined Ph.D. Program in Film Studies and Slavic Languages and Literatures

To be accepted into the combined degree program, students must be accepted by both departments. Each student’s program of study will be planned in consultation with the DGS in each area. Students divide their coursework between Film Studies and the Slavic Department and take a total of 16 courses. They are normally expected to take at least 6 courses from each department.

The courses in the Slavic Department should normally cover nineteenth and twentieth Russian century literature. The language requirements for admission to candidacy are the same as for Slavic graduate students. In order to advance to candidacy, students must take four comprehensive examinations in the Slavic Department during their third year of study.  These comprise two written exams, one on nineteenth century literature and one on twentieth century literature, an oral exam on Russian film, and an oral “pre-prospectus” exam on the topic of their dissertation prospectus.  (See above for details and scheduling of the literature and “pre-prospectus” examinations; the scheduling of the oral examination on Russian film will be determined by the two collaborating programs.) For the literature topics, students may choose either the poetry or the prose components of the Slavic department comprehensive exams. The reading list in Russian literature is available here (Reading List). For the required texts and film for Film and Media Studies, please see their lists here (Required Texts and Films).

Students also have an open oral prospectus defense/colloquium in April of their third year (for details see above). Students normally serve as teaching assistants in both the Film Studies and Slavic programs. For more information, see the description of the Combined Ph.D. Program on the Film and Media Studies page: