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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.

Course Catalog

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 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