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Russian Studies

For much of the twentieth century, Soviet Russia represented the single greatest historical and cultural adversary of the West. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the nations for the former Soviet sphere of influence have become important participants in the emergence of a multinational culture extending from Central Europe to Central Asia, from Orthodox Christianity and Islam to a vibrant postmodernity. Russia itself, no longer isolated from the West, has become a central player in contemporary geopolitics and economics. The Russian, Central, and East European Studies program is an interdisciplinary concentration combining courses in the Russian language, literature, and culture with related courses in Central and Eastern European history, culture, literature, film, and theater offered by allied departments. The minor in Russian Studies contributes to the preparation for a career in a wide variety of professions. The goal of the program is to produce graduates who have the linguistic competence, the cultural comprehension, and the historical understaning to navigate the many facets of Russian, Central, and East European connections with the U. S. and Europe.


Requirements for a minor

Russian Studies

Total courses required five
Core courses RUS 221 and four approved courses from

Courses that can count toward the major are: RUS 222, 224, RUS 263, RUS 321, RUS 324, ECON 342, HIST 241, HIST 242, HIST 300 (appropriate topic), HIST 342, ML 225, ML 227, ML 301, ML 326, ML 395 (appropriate topic), POLS 351, POLS 374, POLS 450 (appropriate topic), REL 250, RS 400, RS 401. Courses should be drawn from at least two of the following disciplines: literature and culture (with readings in the original Russian required); history; political science; religious studies; or other disciplines outside of literature and culture.

Other required courses
Number 300 and 400 level courses one

Courses in History

HIST 113

Introduction to Central Europe

In this course we examine the historical and cultural developments of Central Europe with special attention to the dramatic events of the 20th century. The course will include an analysis of the Reformation, Religious Warfare including the Thiry Years war, the legacy of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the divisions of Poland etc. In the 20th century, we examine the legacy of World War II, German Occupation and the Holocaust, the emergence and experience of Communism and the influence of the Soviet Union, as well as the revolutions of 1989 and post-communist Eastern Europe. Moreover, we will pursue transnational issues such as the role of women and religious and ethnic minorities (Gypsies and Jews) in the region. Counts toward European Studies minor.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Arts and Humanities 1 course

HIST 241

Russian History to the 19th Century

Development of Russian state, society and culture from the ninth to the 19th centuries, with particular attention to the Kievan, Mongol, Muscovite and Imperial periods. Counts toward European Studies minor.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Arts and Humanities 1 course

HIST 242

Modern Russia

Culture and society in the last years of the Empire; the growth of the revolutionary movement in the late 19th and early 20th centuries; the establishment of the Soviet Union, its development, decline and collapse; and the beginnings of post-Soviet Russia. Counts toward European Studies minor.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Arts and Humanities 1 course

Courses in Modern Languages in English

M L 225

Russian Culture: From Icons to Faberge

Cultural expression in Russia from its beginnings through the 19th century, with focus on music, art, architecture, high culture and folk crafts, folk and popular culture, and religious and pagan elements. No prerequisites. May count towards European Studies, Russian and Russian Studies minors.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Arts and Humanities None 1 course

M L 227

Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature

The classics of Russian literature, including Alexander Pushkin, Nikolai Gogol, Fedor Dostoevsky, Leo Tolstoy and Anton Chekhov. Relationship of the writer with society, the state and ethical questions. Familiarization with literary terms and movements of the period. No prerequisites. May count towards European Studies an Russian Studies minors.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Arts and Humanities None 1 course

M L 326

Twentieth-Century Russian Literature

This course examines some of the major works of 20th-century Russian literature, as well as the literary and social trends connected with them. Russian perceptions of the world and individual artistic choices in terms of message, style and ethical values for each era are discussed. Writers as diverse as the symbolist poets Blok, Sologub and Gippius; socialist realist writers Gorky and Sholokhov; futurists Mayakovsky and Khlebnikov; and dissidents Tertz and Solzhenitsyn are considered in this framework. No prerequisites. May count towards European Studies and Russian Studies minors.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Arts and Humanities None 1 course

Courses in Russian

RUS 221

Intermediate Russian I

Continued development of proficiency in Russian with focus on key points in style, word formation, grammar and speaking. Includes work with CD's and video supplements. Prerequisite for RUS 221: RUS 122 or qualifying score on the placement test. May count towards Russian Studies minor.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Language RUS 122 or qualifying score on the placement test 1 course

RUS 222

Intermediate Russian II

A continuation of RUS 221. May counts towards Russian Studies minor.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Language 1 course

RUS 224

Reading Russian

This course develops a number of reading techniques and provides intensive work in word-formation and syntax. A wide variety of non-fiction texts--including journal and newspaper articles, scientific and popular works--are examined. Prerequisite or co-requisite: RUS 221. May count towards Russian Studies minor.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Language or co-requisite: RUS 221 1 course

RUS 263

Spoken Russian

Designed to improve communication skills in the Russian language, the flexible curriculum includes the following: conversation (use of everyday idiom), comprehension (understanding at a native Russian pace), applied phonetics (specialized instruction in pronunciation and intonation). May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor. Prerequisite or co-requisite: RUS 221. May count towards Russian Studies minor.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Language or co-requisite: RUS 221 1/2-1 course

RUS 321

Advanced Russian

Offers advanced work in grammar, stylistics, reading, conversation and composition. Prerequisite: RUS 222 or permission of instructor. May count towards Russian Studies minor.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Language RUS 222 or permission of instructor 1 course

Courses in Political Science

POLS 351

Government and Politics of Russia and the CIS

Examines the origins and nature of Bolshevik movement and the 1917 revolution; the ideological and institutional sources of the Soviet state and party structures; Stalinism as totalitarian experiment; the erosion of the Soviet system; its economic decline and crisis; the reasons for the failure of the Gorbachev reform effort; the Moscow coup and implosion of the system; subsequent Russian political and economic reforms; selected events in some CIS republics. May count towards European Studies minor.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1 course

POLS 370

American Foreign Policy

The process of formulating and implementing American foreign policy. The development of American traditions regarding foreign policy, the main factors influencing American foreign policy since World War II and specific policies toward regions and countries of the world.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1 course

Courses in Russian Studies

R S 400

Independent Readings

Independent readings to be arranged with a member of the Russian Studies faculty. The readings will have a broad multi-disciplinary nature but will be more heavily oriented toward one of the disciplinary areas (language, literature and culture; Russian and East European politics; Russian history), depending upon the back-ground of the instructor.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1/2- 1 course

R S 401

Senior Research

This course is designed to provide research time and supervision for the senior comprehensive requirement in Russian Studies for the major. It carries one credit if , in the judgment of the instructor, the student's research requirements will necessitate that amount of time to complete the comprehensive. Alternatively, one-half credit is granted, if significant preliminary work has emerged from other related courses.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1/2 - 1 course

Courses in Religious Studies

REL 250

Christianity

A survey of major beliefs, practices and forms of the Christian religion. Special attention will be given to the Biblical foundations, theological formation and pivotal historical developments.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Arts and Humanities 1 course