Skip to Content

Search: {{$root.lsaSearchQuery.q}}, Page {{$}}

Program Overview

About Our Graduate Program

In addition to our existing Ph.D. curriculum, which focuses on a single national language and literature, we have launched an additional track which allows for comparative study and research in two East European literatures as well as interdisciplinary work.

  • The primary Slavic literature may be Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Czech, Polish, Russian or Ukrainian.
  • The second literature may be one of the above or another East or Central European literature taught within the university (e.g., Yiddish or German).
  • The third component of a students' program will comprise relevant work in another discipline (e.g., History of Art or Architecture, Cinema, Comparative Literature, Philosophy, Anthropology, History, or Sociology).

During their first year of graduate study, students will develop an individual plan of study, in consultation with faculty mentors, integrating the three components noted above into a coherent intellectual plan for working with the selected literatures in their cross-cultural contexts.

Interdisciplinary Research and Teaching

While focusing on particular East European literatures, our faculty have strong intellectual interests in the fields of literary theory, history, philosophy, social sciences, linguistics, and language pedagogy.

Our faculty also have strong ties with their colleagues in other departments and centers working in various related disciplines including History, German, English, Film Studies, Political Science, Sociology, Women Studies, Anthropology, Economics, and Near East Studies. These scholars frequently combine their forces for research projects, symposia, brown bags, and interdisciplinary teaching.

Director of Graduate Studies

The Director of Graduate Studies is Professor Tatjana Aleksic. She may be reached via email at or by telephone at 734.764.5355. 

The Graduate Student Coordinator may be reached at or 734.764.5355.