Ph.D. Degree

Doctoral program

Our department supports Ph.D. level work in most areas of Slavic literature and culture, as well as in Slavic linguistics and language pedagogy. Our core faculty offers mentorship in diverse areas including the theory and practice of translation, memory studies, economic criticism, cultural studies, and critical theory; research strengths in linguistics include pragmatics, phonology, second language acquisition, and pedagogy.  

Our extensive and engaged network of adjunct faculty adds expertise in fields such as documentary film, computational linguistics, musicology, and religious thought. Linked programs offer a huge variety of area languages including Estonian, Yiddish, Hungarian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Mongolian, and Uzbek, making Indiana an ideal place for regionally comparative work.

Competitive multi-year support packages might include fellowships, teaching language and culture courses, assistantships, and apprenticeships at our in-house publishing company, Slavica. In the last ten years, our Ph.D.s have gone on to careers as professors, teachers, translators, and administrators in government and academe.

We encourage our students to take advantage of IU’s rich intellectual environment and forge interdisciplinary connections and collaborations. We offer a flexible framework that allows graduate students to design their own unique coursework and even earn additional degrees in other departments. For instance, students interested in pursuing a specialization in second language acquisition have multiple opportunities for combining degrees in Slavic with applied linguistics, cognate language and literature departments, and second language studies, while students interested in area-focused research can explore opportunities in history, international studies, and the Russian and East European Institute. Such cross-disciplinary and comparative approaches are abundant.

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