Slavic Studies


The Department of Slavic Studies offers a comprehensive doctoral program in Slavic studies specializing in Russian literature and culture, in modern Czech culture, and in Polish literature and culture.

The program has a strong interdisciplinary focus and students are expected to work with departmental faculty as well as with faculty in related fields, such as comparative literature, theater, history, art history, modern culture and media, and political science. The program will train flexible and innovative scholars able to address varying teaching and research needs in the future job market. We particularly target advanced students who would come to Brown with a strong background in at least one of the program's key disciplines (literature, language, culture, theater, social sciences). Students receive close guidance and are mentored in the pedagogy of language and literature/culture teaching.

Completion Requirements

  • A.M.: Eight courses, approved by the department
  • Ph.D.: Sixteen courses, including five graduate seminars, and two to four courses in a secondary field of study; theory and methods of foreign language teaching, reading knowledge of the second language related to the student's specialization; teaching; qualifying examinations; dissertation and defense.

Admission Information

Admission Requirements: Advanced competence in Russian. Writing sample in English (12-15 pages). Knowledge/interest in another Slavic language (preferably Czech or Polish) is encouraged but not required.

  • GRE General: Not required
  • GRE Subject: Not required
  • Application Deadline: January 7
The doctoral program in Slavic Studies focuses largely on modern Russian, Czech and Polish cultures. The doctoral program in these regions thereby covers a critical area of European and Eurasian studies at Brown.
The Department offers all levels of instruction in Russian language, literature, and culture.