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SLAVIC LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES Minimum Degree Requirements and Satisfactory Progress

To make progress toward a graduate degree, students must meet the Graduate School Minimum Degree Requirements and Satisfactory Progress in addition to the requirements of the program.

Master’s Degrees:

M.A.

Doctoral Degrees:

Ph.D.

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

30 credits

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

51 credit (including Master’s credits, but excluding dissertator credits)

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

30 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

51 credit (including master’s credits, but excluding dissertator credits)

For students who completed their M.A. degree at another institution and who confirmed their M.A. degree in the department by passing a qualifying examination during their first semester of study: 36 credits (excluding dissertator credits).

Minimum Graduate Coursework (66%) Requirement

66% of degree coursework (20 credits out of 30 total credits) must be completed in courses numbered 700 or above.

Minimum Graduate Coursework (66%) Requirement

66% of degree coursework (34 credits out of 51 total credits) must be completed in courses numbered 700 or above.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

Students are not allowed to count graduate coursework from other institution to fulfill degree requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

With program approval, up to 7 credits numbered 700 and above taken in the Slavic department while pursuing a UW–Madison undergraduate degree are allowed to count toward the degree. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison University Special

With program approval and payment of the difference in tuition (between Special and graduate tuition), students are allowed to count no more than 9 credits of coursework numbered 300 or above taken as a UW–Madison special student. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

Students are generally not allowed to count graduate coursework from other institution to fulfill degree requirements. Exceptions are students who are admitted to pursue a Ph.D. degree after completing their M.A. degree at another institution, and who confirmed their M.A. degree in the department by passing a qualifying examination. For such students, up to 15 credits of M.A. coursework counts toward Ph.D. degree requirements. Coursework earned ten or more years prior to admission to a doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

 

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

With program approval, up to 7 credits numbered 700 and above taken in the Slavic department while pursuing a UW–Madison undergraduate degree are allowed to count toward the degree. Coursework earned ten or more years prior to admission to a doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison University Special

With program approval and payment of the difference in tuition (between Special and graduate tuition), students are allowed to count no more than 9 credits of coursework numbered 300 or above taken as a UW–Madison special student. Coursework earned ten or more years prior to admission to a doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits

Program-Specific Courses Required

Proseminar (Slavic 800), at least two of the following three courses: Slavic 801 Slavic Critical Theory, 802 Structure of Russian, 804 Methods of Teaching Slavic Languages, two Slavic 900 3-credit courses (topics seminars)

Program-Specific Courses Required

In addition to courses taken toward the M.A.: Slavic 803 Old Church Slavonic, one of the remaining 800-level courses (Slavic 801, 802, or 804—see M.A. requirements), one Slavic 900 3-credit course (topics seminar).

Students admitted with M.A. degree from another institution take three Slavic 900 3-credit topics seminars; Slavic 800 and 804; and Slavic 801, 802, SL 803—unless they can test out by demonstrating competence in respective areas based on passed graduate coursework.

Doctoral Minor/Breadth Requirements

All doctoral students are required to complete a minor.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.6 GPA required.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.6 GPA required

Other Grade Requirements

Students must earn a B or above in all core curriculum coursework.

Other Grade Requirements

Students should maintain a 3.6 GPA in all core curriculum courses and may not have any more than two Incompletes on their record at any one time.

Probation Policy

A semester GPA below 3.25 will result in the student being placed on academic probation. If a semester GPA of 3.25 is not attained during the subsequent semester of full time enrollment (or 12 credits of enrollment if enrolled part-time) the student may be dismissed from the program or allowed to continue for 1 additional semester based on advisor appeal to the Graduate School.

Probation Policy

A semester GPA below 3.25 will result in the student being placed on academic probation. If a semester GPA of 3.25 is not attained during the subsequent semester of full time enrollment (or 12 credits of enrollment if enrolled part-time) the student may be dismissed from the program or allowed to continue for 1 additional semester based on advisor appeal to the Graduate School.

Advisor / Committee

All students meet with graduate advisor once a semester (in November and April) to discuss their progress and to plan their coursework for the subsequent semester.

Advisor / Committee

Prior to being admitted to candidacy, all students meet with graduate advisor once a semester (in November and April) to discuss their progress and to plan their coursework for the subsequent semester.

No later than by the end of their sixth semester students choose their dissertation advisor.

After being admitted to candidacy, all students are required to submit brief written yearly progress reports to their thesis committee by the end of January.

Assessments and Examinations

Passing grades (no lower than AB) on three of the program’s six written Foundation examinations in the history of Russian literature (linked to courses Slavic 701, 702, 703, 707,708, 709); exams may be taken irrespective of enrollment in the courses.

Passing at least three out of five Russian language proficiency examinations in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and grammar. Passing level for the first four exams: Advanced Low on ACTFL scale; passing score for grammar test: 80%.

A Gateway exercise: the full faculty review of student’s progress to date and assessment of potential to succeed in the Ph.D. track is conducted upon the award of the M.A. At least one senior faculty member must express willingness ultimately to serve as dissertation advisor. Students who do not pass Gateway exercise may not continue for Ph.D.

Assessments and Examinations

Passing grades (no lower than AB) on all six written Foundation examinations in the history of Russian literature by the end of the sixth semester of coursework, counting from the start of M.A. program (see M.A. requirements for details). For students admitted with M.A. degree same requirements need to be fulfilled by the end of their fourth semester.

Passing all five Russian language proficiency examinations (see M.A. requirements for details) prior to being admitted to Candidacy (end of the seventh semester of coursework; end of the fifth semester for students admitted with M.A. degree).

Review of a capstone dossier (all six Foundation examinations and two major seminar papers) by the graduate faculty in the beginning of the seventh semester in the program (fifth semester for students admitted with M.A. degree).

Passing oral examination (defense of a dissertation proposal) by the end of the seventh semester in the program (fifth semester for students admitted with M.A. degree).

Defense of Ph.D. dissertation.

Time Constraints

Master’s degree students who have been absent for five or more consecutive years lose all credits that they have earned before their absence. Individual programs may count the coursework students completed prior to their absence for meeting program requirements; that coursework may not count toward Graduate School credit requirements.

Time Constraints

Students must fulfill all coursework requirements and pass oral examination by the end of the seventh semester in the program (fifth semester for students admitted with M.A. degree).

A candidate for a doctoral degree who fails to take the final oral examination and deposit the dissertation within five years after passing the preliminary examination may by require to take another preliminary examination and to be admitted to candidacy a second time.

Doctoral degree students who have been absent for ten or more consecutive years lose all credits that they have earned before their absence. Individual programs may count the coursework students completed prior to their absence for meeting program requirements; that coursework may not count toward Graduate School credit requirements.

Language Requirements

For Russian language proficiency requirements see "Assessments and Examinations."

Language Requirements

For Russian language proficiency requirements see "Assessments and Examinations."

Reading knowledge of French or German must be demonstrated through examination.

Reading knowledge of a second Slavic language (Polish, Czech, or Serbo-Croatian) must be demonstrated through coursework (a minimum of two semesters of intensive instruction in Polish, Czech, or Serbo-Croatian) or examination.