M.A. in Slavic Studies

An integrative area-studies degree administered by the Department of Slavic and Eastern Languages with the cooperation of the Center for East Europe, Russia and Asia (CEERA).


Students must have a working familiarity with Russian, including practical abilities, before beginning degree candidacy. Language expectations: Students should be able to show, over the course of their studies, a reading knowledge of French, German, Old Church Slavonic or Old Russian, and a second Slavic language. Students concentrating in early Slavic should also be prepared to work with Latin and Classical Greek. The Department expects students to have sufficient background to work successfully in graduate-level courses from other departments associated with their degree program. The Department does not require but welcomes GRE scores.

Course Work (Residency)

Ten approved courses (30 credits) on an advanced level from Slavic and East European offerings, normally from three of the following areas:

  • Economics
  • History
  • Philosophy/Theology
  • Political Science
  • Slavic & Eastern Languages and Literatures
  • Sociology

At least four of the ten courses courses should come from the major 'emphasis' area and normally two from each minor area. A student may apply up to two courses (six credits) from advanced work at other universities or research institutes if this work has not been previously applied to another degree.


Covered by Sector III of the comprehensive examinations.

Comprehensive Examinations

Sector I (General Qualifying Examinations)

  1. Major emphasis area: a written qualifying examination.
  2. Minor emphasis area: a written qualifying examination.
  3. A written review, with critical bibliography, of a problem in the history of Slavic Studies.

A student should complete Sector I during the first year of degree study or the equivalent thereof.

Sector II (Special Field Examinations, Intergrative)

Students choose any two of the following:

  1. Oral colloquium on an assigned topic
  2. Written review / critique of a work in the special field
  3. A specific period, author, or movement in literature or philosophy
  4. The Russian language - advanced proficiency and specific problem areas.
  5. A special approved topic (e.g. Linguistic theory, Russian history, Soviet ideology, etc.)

Sector III

A research paper on an approved topic.

The department has established exception procedures to allow limited substitution of requirements.


For Further Information Contact

Professor Michael J. Connolly
Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Slavic & Eastern Languages and Literatures
Boston College
Lyons 210
Chestnut Hill, MA. 02467-3804

Telephone: 617-552-3912
Email: cnnmj@bc.edu