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Graduate Student Examination and Portfolio Information

This page contains links to sites and PDF documents that are crucial for your success in graduate studies at the University of Kansas.  Check this page regularly for updates.

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures Graduate Handbook

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures Advisor Change Policy 

Required MA-PhD Reading List

MA-Ph.D. Reading List - Russian literature concentration (pdf)

Ph.D. Reading List - minor in Polish literature (pdf)


Exam Objectives (pdf)

Template: MA Terminal Exam (pdf)

Template: MA/PhD Qualifying Exam (pdf)

Ph.D. Portfolio Exam Procedure (pdf)

The Slavic Department has changed the written portion of the comprehensive Ph.D. examination to the portfolio format (pdf). Students who entered the program before 1 August 2012 or received the MA degree before that date may choose either to take the timed written exams (pdf) or to work with the portfolio model. 


Preparing for the Dissertation and the Dissertation Process (pdf)

Graduate Studies SLL Doctoral Learner Outcome Rubric for Dissertation (pdf)

KU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Info Page

In Memoriam

Reed Rankin ✝ 12/29/2019

The faculty and students in the Department Slavic Languages and Literatures are deeply saddened that one our undergraduate majors, Reed Rankin, passed away last week (12/29) in Fredonia, Kansas. Reed was a beloved student in the department and is fondly remembered by his peers and professors. He began studying Russian as a Freshman and stayed with a challenging but rewarding language for three and a half years, tackling introductory, intermediate, advanced levels, and even continuing his studies into his senior year with Russian for the Professions. We know that he was planning further study in Moscow in the next academic year, prior to matriculation at KU School of Law.

A thoughtful student, Reed often contributed insight and posed challenging questions in class. ​​ Reed’s dedication to the study of Russian language, culture, and history was tremendous and fueled by infectious curiosity. He showed great acumen in translating from Russian into English, always finding English-language equivalents for Russian cultural concepts through skillful use of one-liners from American films. We also treasured his ability to speak in fluid Russian about rural, farm life in Kansas, and the effects that natural phenomena, like floods, on a farming community. He was a pleasure to know and teach, and will be remembered for his kind and polite demeanor. Our thoughts are with Reed’s family at this time


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KU’s Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies program is one of only 12 federally-funded national resource centers in the US
Only doctoral program in Slavic Languages and Literatures between the Mississippi and the West Coast
100% of graduate students in the Slavic program had funding in academic year 2012-13
KU's Libraries house over 500,000 volumes of Slavic books and electronic editions
Two of the department’s last four doctoral candidates have won a Fulbright grants to conduct dissertation research abroad