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2017-2018 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jun 12, 2024
2017-2018 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

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The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures offers the degrees a Master of Arts (as a degree leading to the Doctor of Philosophy) and a Doctor of Philosophy, with an area of concentration in Russian literature and culture, including cinema. Students may combine work for the MA and PhD degrees with a program of regional specialization leading to a certificate in Russian and East European Studies; Cultural Studies; Film Studies; Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies; Jewish Studies; and others.

Eligible Slavic PhD students may apply, before taking the Slavic PhD comprehensive examinations, to transfer to Pitt’s Interdisciplinary Film Studies PhD (with a concentration in Slavic), thereby working towards a single PhD in two disciplines. For information on the Interdisciplinary Film Studies PhD, see

Contact Information

Department Chair: David J. Birnbaum
Main Office: 1417 Cathedral of Learning
Fax: 412-624-9714

Additional information concerning the department’s graduate program may be obtained from the University of Pittsburgh, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Graduate Administrator, 1417 Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. Phone: 412-624-5227. Fax: 412-624-9714.


Applicants for admission must submit transcripts of all college-level work, three letters of recommendation, a career statement, an academic writing sample, and scores on the verbal, quantitative, and writing assessment-analytical sections of the Graduate Record Examination. International applicants whose first language is not English are required to submit either the TOEFL administered by the Educational Testing or the IELTS administered by the University of Cambridge, Local Examinations Syndicate. Applications will be accepted for fall term admission until April 15. For awards consideration, applications must be completed by January 15. The department admits students only for the fall term. The department normally admits students only for the fall term.

Financial Assistance

Graduate students who have been admitted with a teaching or non-teaching fellowship for their first year of study will have their support renewed for at least an additional four years as long as 1) their teaching performance is satisfactory and 2) they are making regular progress in their graduate studies.





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