The Doctor of Modern Languages (DML) degree program, established in 1927, is unique to Middlebury College and reflects its commitment to the promotion of excellence in second-language acquisition, literature, linguistics, and language pedagogy. Offered in French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish, the DML prepares teachers and scholars in two modern foreign languages, including the literature, linguistics and culture associated with each.
The School of Russian's DML program offers the research experience of a traditional Ph.D. within the context of a wide range of courses, entirely in Russian. These offerings, which change almost every year, come in areas such as Russian language, literature, cinema, culture and linguistics, but most courses straddle the boundaries of these subjects and challenge students to think in new ways about these important topics. The courses are taught by instructors from leading Russian and U.S. institutions who have vast experience working with advanced students. Instructors live in close proximity to students and interaction outside of class is considered an essential part of the Middlebury experience. Thanks to the Middlebury Language Pledge, students are constantly improving their Russian, regardless of the subject of conversation.
Through the School of Russian's vast cultural program, graduate students are also encouraged to attend clubs and special events designed to challenge them to use their Russian in real-life settings. Every year graduate students have the opportunity to interact closely with world-famous Russian writers, film directors and other cultural figures, who attend classes and offer lectures in their areas of expertise.
Because of its flexible structure, the Russian DML is an excellent choice for language teachers and administrators. For information on DML deadlines and requirements, please click here.