The Russian major consists of ten courses (eleven for honors). These include Russian 101, 102 and 203, 204; four courses in Russian above Russian 204; and two approved courses in either Russian literature in translation or Slavic civilization, or approved related courses in government, history, or economics (e.g., Government 230, Post-Communist Russian Politics and History 218, History of Russia: 1825 to 1953).
Students are encouraged to spend at least one semester in Russia. There are several approved summer and one-semester Russian language programs in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and cities in Siberia that are open to all students who have taken the equivalent of two or three years of Russian. Other programs should be discussed with the Russian Department. Students returning from study abroad will be expected to take two courses in the department unless exceptions are granted by the chair. Two of the four semester credits from a one-semester study abroad program may be counted toward the major; four credits may be counted from a year-long program.
This is an option intended for students who wish to work on honors projects or who have taken advantage of all the regular course offerings and wish to work more closely on a particular topic already studied. Independent study is not an alternative to regular course work. Application should be made to a member of the department prior to the semester in which the project is to be undertaken and must involve a specific proposal in an area in which the student can already demonstrate basic knowledge. Two semesters of advanced independent studies are required for honors in Russian. Petition for an honors project must be made in the spring of the junior year.
The minor consists of seven courses (including the first two years of Russian).