Graduate Program in Polish and Russian Literary and Cultural Studies

For more information about our program, please contact our Director of Graduate Studies, Julia Vaingurt (

The Department of Slavic and Baltic Languages and Literatures offers courses leading to an MA and PhD in Slavic Studies with concentrations in Polish Literature and Culture and Russian Literature and Culture (click here to view official degree requirements). The scholarly focus of our nationally and internationally recognized faculty is twentieth-century Slavic studies, making our Department an ideal place to pursue one’s interest in Polish and Russian modern, post-modern and contemporary literature and culture. 

Faculty research includes the following areas:

  • Literary Modernism and Its Cultural Contexts
  • Verbal and Visual Avant-gardes
  • Twentieth-century Philosophical Approaches to Literature
  • Contemporary Literature
  • Comparative Literature
  • Translation Studies
  • Gender Studies

Our graduate program aims at providing students with the best theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary for a creative interpretation of culture. It encourages comparative study between national traditions and interdisciplinary research across artistic media. Our international student body brings a diverse array of perspectives into the academic life of our Department and is able to benefit from the many resources of Chicago’s large Slavic community. We maintain close ties with other departments within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in order to offer students the opportunity to concentrate in Gender and Women’s Studies, Central and Eastern European Studies, and Violence Studies.

The financial resources of the Hejna Fund in Polish Language and Literature provide an exceptional opportunity to invigorate research in Polish culture and to maintain an ongoing intellectual exchange with Poland.