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Level: PhD
Linguistic Field: General Linguistics
Specific Family: Slavic Subgroup
Application Deadline: 07-Jan-2013
Supporting Institution: The Ohio State University
Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures
LL Issue: 23.3988
Posted: 26-Sep-2012
Support Description: The Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures at The Ohio
State University welcomes applicants to our M.A./Ph.D. programs in Slavic
Linguistics and Slavic Literature, Film, and Cultural Studies, to begin in autumn
2013. The Department prefers to admit students who have had at least three, and
preferably more, years of Russian language, as well as related coursework.
(Applicants who have had fewer than three years of Russian but who have
intensive knowledge of other Slavic languages may also be considered; please
contact the Graduate Studies Chair for further information.)

Prospective students applying to study linguistics should have a background in
this area equivalent to an undergraduate major or minor in linguistics. Candidates
for admission should give evidence of academic excellence and intellectual
promise, as measured by criteria such as undergraduate grades, scores on the
verbal and writing portion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), evaluations
in letters of recommendation, and the quality of the writing sample. We are
particularly concerned with the candidate's undergraduate performance in Russian
and/or other Slavic languages and in related subjects.

At Ohio State the faculty place strong emphasis on mentoring graduate students in
their research, teaching, and professionalization. In addition to completing a set of
basic requirements, students are also given the flexibility to develop their own
specialized scholarly interests. They are provided with generous financial support,
extensive teacher training, and many resources for professional development.
Ph.D. graduates of the program are currently employed in tenure-track or lecturer
positions at institutions throughout the U.S. Branching out into ever more diverse
fields, other graduates have chosen careers in editing, government, and translating
for the European Union.

The Department's graduate course offerings appeal to a broad range of intellectual
interests. For the Slavic Linguistics specialization, students can focus on
Historical Linguistics, Synchronic Linguistics (with an emphasis on morphological
theory) or Second Language Acquisition. We offer courses on the history and
structure of the Russian language, West Slavic languages, South Slavic
languages, and non-Slavic languages of the Balkans. An extensive range of
courses on linguistic theory and research methods are available; these are taught
by our faculty or through other departments on campus.

The primary degree granted by the Department is the Ph.D. The Department does
not normally admit students who want to pursue a terminal M.A. (i.e. students
whose academic goals do not include a Ph.D.). Those interested in an
interdisciplinary terminal M.A. in Slavic Studies should consider applying to the
master's program at Ohio State's Center for Slavic and East European Studies,
which prepares students for East European-related careers in government, the
military, and the private sector. See http://slaviccenter.osu.edu

To learn more about the Department and how to apply see http://slavic.osu.edu/.
Other inquiries should be addressed to Angela Brintlinger, Graduate Studies Chair,
at brintlinger.3 Linguist List osu.edu. Applications received by January 7 will receive first
priority. Only applications received by that date will be considered for Graduate
School fellowships. For international students, the deadline for fellowship
consideration is November 30.
Application Mailing Address: Prof. Angela Brintlinger
400 Hagerty Hall
1775 College Road
Columbus OH 43210
USA
Application Web Address: http://slavic.osu.edu/graduate-studies/prospective-students
Contact Information: Angela Brintlinger
brintlinger.3@osu.edu