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Professor John
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Thérèse Perin-Deville,
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The Major

See the Registrar's Web site for the official graduation requirements in the Russian Major.

  • The Standard Russian Major for those whose interest is primarily in literature and culture, or who simply wish to attain a mastery of the language.
  • The Area Studies Major is intended for those who want to learn Russian and to do work in International Studies.
  • The Minor in Russian is for those who wish to obtain a minor in Russian language and literature.
  • The Minor in Russian Area Studies is for those who want to learn about Russian literature and civilization without advanced language study.
  • A qualified student in any of these majors also has the option of participation in the Honors Program.

The major in Russian is designed to provide students with a solid working capability in the language as well as a familiarity with the literature and, more broadly, the culture of Russia. In addition, every major, in consultation with an advisor, will choose a set of electives that will result in a concentration on one of these three areas: language, culture, or literature. Alternatively, those wishing to take courses related to Russian in such disciplines as History, Government, or Economics should consider the Russian Area Studies Major. Both majors require Russian 31, which can be omitted only by a vote of the entire Department.

The Major in Russian

  • Prerequisite: Russian 28
  • Requirements: Russian 29; one course in the sequence 41-42; Russian 71; two courses in the 30s which must include Russian 31; and one culture course (numbered 10-19). In addition, majors must take four additional courses, for a total of 10. Those concentrating on language would select at least some of these four courses from the forties; those focusing in culture would select additional courses in the teens; and those interested primarily in literature would design a major with an emphasis on courses in the thirties. Two courses from the LSA+ may be counted toward the major, one of which may be counted as a culture course. The culminating experience requirement must be satisfied by completing Russian 71 or Russian 86. In addition, those writing an honors thesis will enroll in Russian 87, and may also take Russian 85 as part of their preparation for the thesis.

  • Russian Major worksheet (pdf)

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.

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The Major in Russian Area Studies

  • Prerequisite: Russian 3
  • Requirements: A total of ten courses, which must include Russian 27, 28, and 31. Of the remaining seven courses, at least two must be in Russian and one course must fulfill the culminating experience. The Area Studies Major will include courses both from within the Russian Department and from such departments as History, Government, Economics, and Music, that, together, provide a cogent study of one or more topics with a focus on the region. Two courses from the LSA+ may be counted toward the major. The major should be planned in consultation with an advisor and the courses outside the department need to be approved by the chair. For the culminating experience, students must write a thesis (Russian 87), take Russian 86, or, with the approval of the Department faculty, designate a course in the Russian Department or another department that will serve to satisfy the requirement.

  • Russian Major Area Studies worksheet (pdf)

For students contemplating careers in business, international relations and diplomacy, the major in Russian Area Studies offers courses in Russian geography, Russian history, the Russian political system and Russian culture. Russia is the largest country in the world — a land of huge untapped resources endowed with a rich cultural heritage. Through these courses, students gain an understanding of its vast ethnic and religious diversity.

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The Minor in Russian

  • Prerequisite: Russian 3, or permission of the chair. Requirements: a total of six courses including:
    • Russian 31
    • One or two of the following courses: Russian 10-19
    • Up to four other Russian courses numbered 22 or higher, for a total of six courses beyond the prerequisite, and
    • Students may count two of the LSA+ courses toward the minor.

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The Minor in Russian Area Studies

  • Prerequisite: One of the following courses: Russian 10, 13, 19, or 21.
  • Requirements: A total of six courses including: Russian 31; and five courses chosen from the following: Russian 10, 11, 13, 14, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 32, 35, 36, 48, 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.
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The Honors Program

Seniors who give evidence of outstanding ability and who wish to do serious research on an independent project are invited to apply for honors work. Students must satisfy the minimum College requirements 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 48 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 administrator of the Department.

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Last Updated: 11/20/14