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Russian Language and Literature

Professors J. M. Kopper, L. V. Loseff, B. P. Scherr; Associate Professor D. A. Garretson; Assistant Professor M. Gronas, V. Somoff; Senior Lecturer A. Rakova.

MAJORS

Two types of major are available to students. Both require Russian 15 and Russian 31, which can be omitted only by vote of the entire Department.

1. The Major in Russian

Prerequisite: Russian 27.

Requirements: Russian 15; Russian 28 and 29; Russian 31 and 32; and a course which constitutes the culminating experience. (Russian 71, 86, or 87, the Honors Thesis, all may serve as the culminating experience in the Russian major.) In addition to these six core courses, students are required to take four more courses in Russian. Eligible courses may include Russian 23 and up to two courses numbered in the teens; the remaining courses must be numbered 35 or higher.

Note: Students may receive a certificate in Russian Area Studies by (1) completing all the requirements for the major in Russian and (2) taking four courses from among those offerings in other departments that may normally be used to satisfy the requirements for the Russian Area Studies Major (see the following paragraph). Such students will have both the major in Russian and the certificate in Russian Area Studies listed on their transcripts.

2. The Major in Russian Area Studies

Prerequisite: Russian 3

Requirements: Russian 31, five area studies courses, and an additional three courses numbered Russian 23 or higher. Regular courses which meet the area course requirement include Economics 29 and 49; Government 42 and 52; and History 54, 55, and 56. Up to three Russian courses in the teens (Russian 11-19) may be counted as area courses for the Russian Area Studies major. In addition, offerings of such courses as Government 84, History 96, and Music 8, when dealing with relevant topics, may be counted. Other courses used to satisfy this requirement must be approved in advance by the Chair of the Department. For the culminating experience, students must write a thesis, take Russian 86, or take a Russian-related course that satisfies the requirement of a culminating experience in another department.

MINORS

1. The Minor in Russian

Prerequisite: Russian 3, or permission of the chair.

Minor courses: a total of six courses including

(a) Russian 31.

(b) one or two of the following courses: Russian 11-19.

(c) up to four other Russian courses numbered 23 or higher, for a total of six courses beyond the prerequisite.

(d) Students may count only one of the LSA+ courses toward the minor.

2. The Minor in Russian Area studies

Prerequisite: One of the following courses: Russian 13, 15, 19, or 21.

Requirements: a total of six courses including Russian 31; and five courses chosen from the following: Russian 11, 13, 14, 15, 19, 21, 22, 23, 32, 35, 36, 38, 62, or 71 of which three should be numbered 32 and higher and exclusive of the course selected as a prerequisite. Not more than two LSA+ courses could be counted for fulfillment of the prerequisite and requirements. Up to two Russian area studies courses, including Economics 29 and 49, Government 52, and History 54, 55, and 56 or offerings of such courses as Government 84, History 96, and Music 8, when dealing with relevant topics, may be counted towards completion of this minor. Other courses used to satisfy this requirement must be approved in advance by the Chair of the Department.

HONORS PROGRAM

Seniors who give evidence of outstanding ability and who wish to pursue serious research on an independent project are invited to apply for honors work. Students must satisfy the minimum College requirement and must also meet two departmental requirements. First, they must have a grade average of 3.3 for all courses taken within the major. Second, they must have received at least an A- in an advanced course that emphasizes research and analysis, such as Russian 62 or 71.

Area studies majors may satisfy this second requirement with one of these courses, or, if the topic of the thesis is outside the area of language and literature, with a course from the academic area in which they intend to do research. Application is normally made by the third week of the fall term, with Russian 85 taken in the fall and Russian 87 in the winter. The thesis must be submitted no later than the third week of spring term. More information is contained in an announcement sent to current majors each year. It is available from the administrative assistant of the Department.

TERM ABROAD

Dartmouth Advanced Language Study Program (LSA+) in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Prerequisite: Russian 1, 2, 3, or the equivalent, with a grade of no lower than B- in Russian 3.

It is recommended that students take one or more of the following courses: Russian 11, 13, 15, 19, 31 or History 54.

The Dartmouth Russian LSA+ Program is conducted during the summer at St. Petersburg University in Russia. The program includes regular classes at the university as well as organized trips to areas of cultural and historical interest. Applications for the program are due in January for that summer. Those accepted for the program will sign up for Russian 21, 22, and 23. Successful completion of the St. Petersburg Program will serve in satisfaction of the Summer Residence Requirement (even when taken in the summer following the first year or third year).