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Graduate Programs (MA and PhD)

Polish, Russian, and Central and Eastern European Studies

The Department of Polish, Russian, and Lithuanian Studies offers courses leading to an MA and PhD in Polish, Russian, and Central and Eastern European Studies with concentrations in Polish StudiesRussian Studies, and Central and Eastern European Studies.

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.

Application Deadlines Heading link

for... domestic applicants international applicants
Admission February 15 February 15
Consideration for nomination for a University Fellowship December 15 December 15

Admission and Degree Requirements Heading link

Please see the UIC Graduate catalog links below for application and degree requirements.


  • The GRE is not required for admission and is no longer required for the University Fellowship. No applicant need take the GRE for our programs.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with the Director of Graduate Studies or the Graduate Program Administrator regarding the stated requirement for writing samples. The requirements may be waived or modified depending on individual circumstances.

If you are having difficulties with the application, contact the Director of Graduate Studies.

Questions? Heading link

Any questions about the application process or requirement should be directed to:

Prof. Julia Vaingurt Heading link

Director of Graduate Studies for Polish, Russian, and Lithuanian Studies

601 S. Morgan St., 1618 UH, Chicago, Illinois 60607

Abby Stahl Heading link

Assistant Director, Academic Operations and Graduate Programs

601 S. Morgan St., 1731 UH,

Apply now!