The Russian major is organized along two tracks: the Literature and Linguistics Track and the Area Studies Track. The requirement for each track of the Russian major is 32 credits.
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.
Courses may be able to be taken independently, please contact the program director for details.
Requirements for the Russian major (32 credits) include completion of one of the following tracks:
One course from the Area Studies Rotating Topics List (see under “Rotating Topics” below)
One course from the Literary Survey Rotating Topics List (see under “Rotating Topics” below)
One course from the Seminar I Rotating Topics List (see under “Rotating Topics” below)
One course from the Seminar II Rotating Topics List (see under “Rotating Topics” below)
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 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 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 Secondary Education Certification, Grades 7-12.
Rotating Topics Schedule (all courses offered as RUS or WL course codes)