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Russian Undergraduate Courses

RUSS 101: First-Year Russian I

Credit:  4 hours.

Oral-aural practice and elements of grammar, reading, and writing. For students who have no credit in Russian.

RUSS 102: First-Year Russian II

Credit:  4 hours.

Continuation of RUSS 101. Oral-aural practice and elements of grammar, reading, and writing. Prerequisite: RUSS 101.

RUSS 191: Freshman Honors Tutorial

Credit:  1 to 3 hours.

Study of selected topics on an individually arranged basis. Open only to honors majors or to Cohn Scholars. May be repeated one time. Prerequisite: Consent of departmental honors advisor.

RUSS 199: Undergraduate Open Seminar

Credit:  1 to 5 hours.

May be repeated.

RUSS 201: Second-Year Russian I

Credit:  4 hours.

Oral-aural practice, systematic functional grammar, reading, and writing. Prerequisite: RUSS 102 or equivalent.

RUSS 202: Second-Year Russian II

Credit:  4 hours.

Systematic review of the structure of Russian covered in RUSS 101, RUSS 102, and RUSS 201 through class lectures, drills, and homework exercises. Prerequisite: RUSS 201.

RUSS 219: Russian Cinema Survey

Credit:  3 hours.

Survey of major films, film makers, and trends from Tolstoi adaptations through the revolutionary Eisenstein to current satire. Weekly film screenings. No knowledge of Russian required.

RUSS 220: Golden Age of Russian Lit

Credit:  3 hours.

This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for a Literature and the Arts course.
Survey of Russian literature in the long 19th century; romanticism, realism, nationalism, orientalism, empire; writers may include Pushkin, Gogol, Lermontov, Pavlova, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, and others; reading and discussion in English. Same as CWL 227.

RUSS 225: Russian Lit and Revolution

Credit:  3 hours.

This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for a Literature and the Arts course.

Major works from 1900 to the present; futurism, modernism, Stalinism, post-modernism, and after; writers may include Mayakovsky, Babel, Olesha, Akhmatova, Bulgakov, Nabokov, Solzhenitsyn, Tolstaya, and others; readings and discussion in English. Same as CWL 249.

RUSS 260: Medicine & Russian Literature

Credit: 3 hours

Examines cultural significance of medicine and the figure of the physician, and understandings of illness and health, primarily in literature of Russia and the USSR from the 1860s to present. Asks what larger issues are at stake in the literary representation of medical practice by physicians and non-physicians alike in the Russian and Soviet contexts; investigates what medicine and literature offer each other, and the bearing on this of the latter's formal, aesthetic qualities. Considers how medical practice is conditioned by the broader culture, how medical discourse, knowingly or unknowingly, 'borrows' from, is conditioned by, or otherwise reciprocally involved with other greater or peripheral discursive spheres. Reads fiction by leading literary figures who were physicians (Chekhov, Bulgakov, Veresaev, and Aksyonov); fiction by "lay" authors about doctors and medical practice (such as Solzhenitsyn); memoirs by physicians (tales of training and practice, apologies, denunciations); memoirs by patients; 'real' and fictional case histories; theoretical and methodological readings.

RUSS 261: Intro Russian-Jewish Culture

Credit:  3 hours.

This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for a Western Compartv Cult course.

Introduction to the interaction of the intellectual, artistic, political, social, and religious life of the Jewish community in Russia through film, literature, art and historical record. Same as HIST 261.

RUSS 290: Readings in Russian

Credit:  1 to 4 hours.

Individual topics or projects chosen in consultation with a Slavic Department representative. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Prerequisite: RUSS 202 or equivalent proficiency.

RUSS 301: Third Year Russian I

Credit:  3 hours.

Grammar review; training in writing Russian; translation from English and free composition. Prerequisite: RUSS 202 or consent of instructor.

RUSS 302: Third Year Russian II

Credit:  3 hours.

Practice in intermediate-level speaking, listening, reading, and writing, based upon advanced grammar and conversation topics and upon readings from current fiction and non-fiction. Students are expected to write essays and give oral reports based on in-class assignments and outside Interests. Prerequisite: RUSS 301 or consent of department.

RUSS 305: Business Russian

Credit:  3 hours.

Basic tools and skills for conducting business in Russian, including introduction to Russian economy, banking, insurance, media, internet technology, advertising, law and culture, practicum in writing the c.v and business correspondence in Russian. Prerequisite: Successful completion of RUSS 301 or consent of instructor.

RUSS 320: Russian Writers

Credit:  3 hours.

Focused study of the work of a single Russian writer in translation. No Russian required. Same as CWL 321. Prerequisite: At least one other college literature course or consent of instructor. This course may be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours.

RUSS 322: Dostoevsky

Credit:  3 hours.

Introduction to the major work of Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky. No Russian required. Same as CWL 324. Prerequisite: At least one other college literature course or consent of instructor. This course may be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours.

RUSS 323: Tolstoy

Credit:  3 hours.

Introduction to the major works of Lev Tolstoy. No Russian required. May be repeated as topics vary. Same as CWL 323. Prerequisite: One other college literature course or consent of instructor. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours.

RUSS 325: Chekhov

Credit:  3 hours.

Introduction to the major works of playwright and author Anton Chekhov. Same as CWL 325 and THEA 362. Prerequisite: At least one other literature course or consent of instructor.

RUSS 333: Russian for Heritage Learners

Credit:  4 hours.

Selected topics in Russian Literature; reading pieces of Russian prose and poetry, current newspapers and Internet materials; stylistic and grammar analysis. Lecture-discussion of specific genre and cultural traditions. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

RUSS 335: Nabokov

Credit:  3 hours.

Nabokov' s Russian and American novels read in a comparative context. All works in English, no knowledge of Russian is required. Same as CWL 335. Prerequisite: At least one other college-level literature course or consent of instructor.

RUSS 401: Fourth Year Russian I

Credit:  3 hours.

Practice in advanced speaking, listening, reading, and writing, based upon reading selected from current fiction and non- fiction, and covering a wide variety of styles: literary, conversational, scientific, etc. Course taught in Russian. Students are expected to write essays and give oral reports based on what they read in class and on their outside interests. Prerequisite: Three years of college Russian or consent of instructor.

RUSS 402: Fourth Year Russian II

Credit:  3 hours.

Practice in advanced speaking, listening, reading, and writing, based upon reading selected from current fiction and non- fiction, and covering a wide variety of styles: literary, conversational, scientific, etc. Course taught in Russian. Students are expected to write essays and give oral reports based on what they read in class and on their outside interests. Prerequisite: RUSS 401 or consent of instructor.

RUSS 407: Structure of Russian

Credit:  3 hours.

The syntax and morphology of modern Russian. Prerequisite: Three years of Russian or consent of instructor.

RUSS 408: Russ Phonetics & Pronunciation

Credit:  3 hours.

Study of the Russian sound system; training in the improvement of pronunciation and intonation. Prerequisite: Three years of Russian or consent of instructor.

RUSS 418: 18th Century Literature

Credit:  3 or 4 hours.

Reading of texts; historical and literary background of the period. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours.

RUSS 424: Russian Modernism

Credit:  3 or 4 hours.

Representative works of the period 1880 to 1917, with emphasis on Chekhov, Gorky, and Blok; readings for non-majors and class discussions in English. Same as CWL 457. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor.

RUSS 438: Modern Russian Poetry

Credit:  3 or 4 hours.

Study of major Russian poets and their works from romanticism to the present. Historical background, textual analysis and connections with Western European poetry. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

RUSS 444: Problems in Romanticism

Credit:  3 or 4 hours.

Study of major authors of the romantic period, with the inclusion of several lesser authors, such as Mikhail Lermontov. Historical background, textual analysis, and connections with Western European romanticism. Same as CWL 444. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. Offered in alternate years. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

RUSS 445: Problems in Realism

Credit:  3 or 4 hours.

Study of the major texts of nineteenth century Russian realism, including works by Turgenev, Goncharov, Nekrasov, Dostoevsky, and Tolstoy. Historical background, relevant intellectual currents, textual analysis, and connections with Western European realist authors. Same as CWL 445. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. Offered in alternate years. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

RUSS 460: Russian Culture Studies

Credit:  3 or 4 hours.

Role of Russian literature in the social, political, and intellectual life of Russia from the 1840s to the present. Same as CWL 440. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

RUSS 461: Russia and the Other

Credit:  3 hours.

Interdisciplinary and comparative topics including, but not limited to: Russia and the West, Russia and the East, the Cold War, and post-Soviet cultural studies. This course may be repeated up to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: Russian course at the 200 or 300 level or consent of instructor.

RUSS 465: Russian-Jewish Culture

Credit:  3 or 4 hours.

Study of Russian-Jewish cultural, social, and political life through literature and film. No Russian required. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: One literature course in the Slavic department at the 200 or 300 level, or consent of instructor.

RUSS 466: Russian Women's Writing

Credit:  3 or 4 hours.

Study of fiction and non-fiction writing by Russian women, including discussion of historical context and feminist theory. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: One literature course in the Slavic department at the 200 or 300 level, or consent of instructor.

RUSS 470: Russian Advanced Studies

Credit:  3 hours.

Advanced study of a specific theme or problem in Russian literary and cultural studies, with some reading in Russian, and some discussion of critical theory. 3 undergraduate hours. Prerequisite: At least one course in Slavic Department at the 400 level or consent of instructor.

RUSS 471: Intro Second Lang Learn Tchg

Credit:  4 hours.

Same as CHIN 471, FR 471, GER 469, HUM 471, JAPN 471, LAT 471, and SPAN 471.

RUSS 474: Russian Literary Translation

Credit:  3 or 4 hours.

Theory and practice of literary translation in Russia from the eighteenth century to the present; "literal" versus "creative" translation; and practical work in translation into English of various Russian literary texts. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: RUSS 302 or equivalent.

RUSS 475: Intro to Comm Lang Tchg

Credit:  4 hours.

Same as CHIN 475, FR 475, GER 475, JAPN 475, LAT 475, and SPAN 475.

RUSS 478: Topics Secondary Lang Tchg

Credit:  4 hours.

Same as CHIN 478, FR 478, GER 478, JAPN 478, LAT 478, and SPAN 478.

RUSS 493: Honors Senior Thesis

Credit:  2 hours.

Intended primarily for candidates for honors in Russian but open to other seniors. 2 undergraduate hours. No graduate credit. May be repeated. Prerequisite: Senior standing.