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Russian

The Russian major aims to combine, in the best traditions of a liberal arts degree, practical language learning with the study of culture through literature and culture. It provides extensive language training and demanding courses in literary history and analysis. Moreover, the Department firmly believes that serious language study offers broad intellectual benefits in and of itself.

Major Requirements

Prerequisites to Major

Russian 101, 102, 201, and 202, (or Russian 103 and 203 or Russian 123 and 223) or the equivalent. Interested students are encouraged to begin Russian during their first year. While no previous knowledge of Russian is required for tracks A and B, track C is designed for heritage speakers who, upon completion of Russian 125 and 225, will be judged proficient enough to elect Russian 301 or higher.

Major Programs

A. Russian Language and Literature

  1. Core Courses: Russian 301 (or RCLANG 323) and 302 or Russian 303;Russian 401 and 402; Russian 451 or 499; Russian 347 and either 348 or 375.
  2. Upper-level elective: at least one course in Russian literature and/or culture outside the nineteenth century e.g. Russian 322, 333, 352, 361, 365, 391, 450, 467, 469, 471, 472, 474, 475, Slavic 313, 470.
  3. Cognate for Russian Language and Literature: three or more credits in advanced courses (300-level or above) in:
    • cognate courses studying some other aspect of Russia (special attention is called to the courses listed under Russian and East European Studies), or;
    • another Slavic language (Czech, BCS, Ukrainian, or Polish), or;
    • another foreign language.

B. Culture track (sub-plan)

  1. Core Courses: Russian 231 or Slavic 270; Russian 301 (or RCLANG 323), and 302; Russian 401 and 402; Russian 499 or 451.
  2. Upper-level electives for Culture Subplan: At least two of Russian 322, 333, 347, 348, 352, 358, 361, 365, 375, 391, 450, 467, 469, 471, 472, 474, 475, 477, Slavic 313, 470.
  3. Cognate requirement for Russian Language and Literature.

C. Heritage Speakers track (sub-plan)

  1. Prerequisites for Heritage Speakers Subplan: Russian 125, 225 or 202, or equivalent, or placement in an upper level course; and Russian 231.
  2. Core Courses for Heritage Speakers Subplan: Russian 301 and 302, or equivalent; Russian 401, 402, 501, and 502; two of Russian 451, Russian 499, RCLANG 323.
  3. Upper-level electives for Heritage Speakers Subplan: At least two of Russian 322, 333, 347, 348, 352, 358, 375, 391, 450, 467, 469, 471, 472, 473, 474, 475, 477, Slavic 313, 470.
  4. Cognate requirement for Russian Language and Literature.

Minor Requirements

The academic minor in Russian is designed to give students a fundamental competence in Russian Language upon which they can build, as well as a knowledge of some of the major cultural achievements and individual masterpieces of Russian literature and cinema.

Prerequisites to the Academic Minor: 

Russian 201 or equivalent.

Academic Minor Program:

Core Course Options: Russian 202, 203, 223, 225, or RCLANG 293

Elective Options: 12 additional credits in courses selected from among the following, with at least 6 credits elected at the upper level.

  • RUSSIAN 220, 231, 301, 302, 303, 322, 333, 346, 347, 348, 352, 356, 357, 358, 361, 362, 364, 365, 375, 391, 450, 451, 461, 464, 466, 467, 469, 471, 472, 474, 475, 477, 499
  • SLAVIC 240, 313, 315, 316, 470, Slavic 290: Russian Topics

Typical Courses Offered

Russian
Course No. Typically Offered Course Title
101.001 Fall First Year Russian
101.002 Fall First Year Russian
102.001 Fall; Winter First Year Russian
102.002 Winter First Year Russian
103 F Int First Year Russian
201 F; W Second Year Russian
202 W Second Year Russian
203.001 W Intro: Second Year, Recitation
203.002 W Intro: Second Year, Lecture
225 F Russian Heritage
301 F Third Year Russian
302 W Third year Russian
316 F; W Russian Service Learning
322 F Russia Today
325 W Russian Heritage II
347 F Survey of Russian Literature
348.001 W Survey Russian Lit, Lecture
348.002   Survey Russian Lit, Discussion
348.003   Survey Russian Lit, Discussion
348.004   Survey Russian Lit, Discussion
357   Russian Drama in Context
358 F Central Asia/Russian Eyes
365 W Russian Fantasy and Science Fiction
401 F Fourth Year Russian
402 W Fourth Year Russian
410 F Teaching Russian
430 F; W Supervised Reading
435 W Cultural History Russian Jews
461 W Pushkin
463 W Chekhov
469 F 20th Century Russian Authors
471 F Modern Poetry
479 W Nabokov & Lit II
491 F Senior Honors
492 W Senior Honors
499 W Adv Seminar Russian
519 F Fifth-Year Russian
520 W Fifth Year Russian
552 F Literature-18th Century
558 F Russia/Central Asian Culture
576 W Structure Russian
616 F; W Russian Service Learning
651 F Supervised Reading & Literature
652 W Supervised Reading & Literature
852 F 19th C. Literature
854 W Early 19 C.  Literature
855 W Chekhov
862 F Seminar: 20th C. Literature
990 F Dissertation Pre-Candidate
995 F; W Dissertation Candidate