The Russian major is organized along two tracks: the Literature and Linguistics Track and the Culture and Civilization Track. The requirement for each track of the Russian major is 32 credits.
A student majoring in one of the modern languages is expected to read, write, and speak the language accurately and-fluently. Students specializing in Russian are expected to read, write, and speak the language at least at the high intermediate level. Students specializing in literature are expected to know the main facts of its development, including historical and social background, and to demonstrate ability for critical appreciation. Students specializing in culture and civilization are expected to be familiar with the general political, economic, and intellectual trends of the society studied and to be able to contextualize these historically. Russian Majors are required to complete 28 credits from courses at the 200 and 300 levels.
Requirements for the Russian major (32 credits) include:
Independent Study (1-3 Credits) - maximum of two independent studies count toward graduation. May be 200-300 level.
Honors in the Russian Major
To achieve honors in Russian a student must have consistently earned a minimum GPA of 3.5 in Russian courses. The student must also write a thesis. The topic must be selected during the student’s junior year. Part of the research or writing must be in Russian.
Writing Proficiency in the Major
Majors in French or Russian who successfully complete any 300-level course in their major will have fulfilled the writing proficiency in the major requirement.
Concentration in Secondary Education with Certification in French or Russian
Students seeking certification as teachers of one or more languages at the secondary level should make their intention clear to the director of the program as early as possible and no later than the time they declare their major. Certification requirements are listed under the Education program.
Rotating Topics Schedule
Seminar I Pre-1917 Rotating Topics (4-year cycle) F JHU
18th-19th Century Satire
The Works of Alexander Pushkin
The Works of Lev Tolstoy
Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina
Nineteenth Century Short Prose
To the Manor Born
The Golden Age of Russian Literature
The Superfluous Man
Tales of St. Petersburg
Folklore in Russian Literature
Tolstoy and Dostoevsky
Saints and Sinners
Seminar II Post-1917 Rotating Topics (4-year cycle) S JHU
Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
Twentieth Century Satire
Poets of the Silver Age
Great Works of the Silver Age
Twentieth Century Poetry
Masterpieces of Twentieth Century Literature
Revolution and Purge
Nobel Laureates in Russian Literature
Culture and Civilization Rotating Topics (Alternating years cycle)