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Russian Studies (Rus)

200 |300 |400 |Graduate Courses |

See World Languages and Cultures

Majors in Russian Studies are required to complete 30 credits beyond the intermediate (201, 202) level.

Major Option I: Russian Studies

Required core (12 credits): Rus 301, 314, 401, 440.

Electives (18 credits): Hist 421, 422, 426, 530; Pol S 349, 355, 363; Rus 304, 320, 370, 378, 376, 395, 401, 490, 590. Of these courses at least three credits must be taken outside the Russian curriculum.

Major Option II: Languages and Cultures for Professions

Students may only enroll in the Languages and Cultures for Professions (LCP) Option as a second major. They may not graduate with the second major in LCP alone.

1) Languages and Cultures for Professions
(Business)
30 credits.

This secondary major option in Russian requires a total of at least 30 credits beyond the intermediate (201-202) level.

Required core: (15 credits): Rus 301, 304, 320, 370, 395 or 490.

Electives (15 credits): Hist 421, 422, 426, 530; Pol S 349, 355, 363; Rus 314, 370, 375, 378, 395, 401, 440, 490, 590.

2) Languages and Cultures for Professions
(Engineering)
30 credits.

This secondary major option in Russian requires a total of at least 30 credits beyond the intermediate (201-202) level.

Required core: (15 credits) Rus 301, 304, 370, 440, 499.

Electives (15 credits): Hist 421, 422, 426; Pol S 349, 355; Rus 314, 320, 375, 378, 395, 401.

Minors in Russian Studies are required to complete 201, 202, 301. The remaining 9 credits must be at the 300 level and above, including at least 3 additional credits in Russian (courses taught in English or Russian) and at least 3 credits outside the Russian curriculum.

Courses primarily for undergraduate students

Rus 101. Elementary Russian I. (4-0) Cr. 4. F. Introduction to the Russian language, grammar and syntax. Practice in the four basic skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) within the context of Russian culture. Credit by examination in the Department of World Languages and Cultures for courses numbered 101, 102, 201, and 202 is available only to students who are not currently enrolled in the course. Credit by examination for other courses in the Department is normally not available.

Rus 102. Elementary Russian II. (4-0) Cr. 4. S. Prereq: 101. Introduction to the Russian language, grammar and syntax. Practice in the four basic skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) within the context of Russian culture. Credit by examination in the Department of World Languages and Cultures for courses numbered 101, 102, 201, and 202 is available only to students who are not currently enrolled in the course. Credit by examination for other courses in the Department is normally not available.

Rus 201. Intermediate Russian I. (4-0) Cr. 4. F. Prereq: 102. Thorough review of grammar and growth of vocabulary. Selected readings. Continued use of the four basic skills. Credit by examination in the Department of World Languages and Cultures for courses numbered 101, 102, 201, and 202 is available only to students who are not currently enrolled in the course. Credit by examination for other courses in the Department is normally not available.

Rus 202. Intermediate Russian II. (4-0) Cr. 4. S. Prereq: 201. Thorough review of grammar and growth of vocabulary. Selected readings. Continued use of the four basic skills. Credit by examination in the Department of World Languages and Cultures for courses numbered 101, 102, 201, and 202 is available only to students who are not currently enrolled in the course. Credit by examination for other courses in the Department is normally not available.

Rus 301. Composition and Conversation I. (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: 202. Thorough study of the Russian language, with emphasis on strengthening proficiency in writing, speaking, reading, and listening. Increased focus on syntax and word formation.

Rus 304. Russian for Business and Professions. (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: 202. Communication in business and professional contexts in Russian-speaking countries. Development of effective communication strategies and project management in the workplace. Cultural contexts of business and professional practice. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Rus 314. Reading Russian Literary and Cultural Texts. (3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: 301. Selected readings in Russian literature and culture. Emphasis on techniques of reading and analysis of literary and cultural texts.

Rus 320. Russia Today. (3-0) Cr. 3. A survey of social, political, economic, and cultural topics relevant to contemporary Russia. Taught in Russian.

Rus 370. Russian Studies in English Translation. (3-0) Cr. 3. Repeatable. Topics vary according to faculty interest. Author, genre or period study, women writers, cinema, or contemporary theory. Readings, discussions, and papers in English.
R. Russian topics on women or feminism (cross listed to W S 370R)

Rus 375. Topics in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. (3-0) Cr. 3. Repeatable. F. Selected topics dealing with a particular area, period, or cultural pattern. Readings, discussions, and papers in English. May be offered by the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Distance Learning Consortium. Rus 375 does not fulfill the English proficiency requirement for WLC majors.

Rus 378. Russian Film Studies in English. (3-0) Cr. 3. Analysis and interpretation of cinema in Russia and the Soviet Union. Topics vary according to faculty interest. Film directors, genres, movements, historical survey, aesthetics, and cinematography. Readings, discussions and papers in English.

Rus 395. Study Abroad. Cr. arr. 1 to 6. Supervised instruction in language and culture of Russia; formal class instruction at level appropriate to student's training, augmented by practical living experience.

Rus 401. Advanced Composition and Conversation. (3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: 314. Intensive practice in composition and conversation with emphasis on mastery of speaking and writing skills; development of idiomatic usage and effective expression of ideas. Increased emphasis on vocabulary building, grammatical correctness, and compatibility of style and content. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Rus 440. Seminar in Russian Studies. (3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: 314. Study of a selected topic in history, politics, Russian Orthodox religion, literature, art, theater, and/or cinema. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Rus 490. Independent Study. Cr. 1-6. Repeatable. Prereq: 6 credits in Russian and permission of department chair. Designed to meet the needs of students who seek work in areas other than those in which courses are offered, or who desire to integrate a study of literature or language with special problems in major fields. No more than 9 credits of Rus 490 may be counted toward graduation.

Rus 499. Internship in Russian. Cr. 1-3. Repeatable. F.S.SS. Prereq: 9 credits of Russian at the 300 level; permission of advisor and WLC Internship Coordinator. Work experience using Russian language skills in the public or private sector combined with academic work under faculty supervision. Available only to majors and minors. No more than 3 credits may be applied to the major.

Courses primarily for graduate students, open to qualified undergraduate students

Rus 590. Special Topics in Russian. Cr. 2-4. Repeatable. Prereq: Permission of instructor; 6 credits of 400 level Russian.
A. Literature or Literary Criticism
B. Linguistics
C. Language Pedagogy
D. Civilization