Department Requirements

Requirements for the Major in Russian Language and Literature

The Russian major consists of ten courses (eleven for honors). These include Russian 1101, 1102, 2203, and 2204; four courses in Russian higher than Russian 2204; and two approved courses in either Russian literature in translation or Eurasian/East European culture; or approved related courses in government, history, or economics (e.g., History 2108, The History of Ruschagall paintingsia, 1825-1936). All students are encouraged to spend at least one semester studying in Russia or in a Russian-language immersion program in another location. Two courses from a one-semester study abroad program may be counted toward the major; four courses may be counted toward the major from a year-long program.

Requirements for the Interdisciplinary Major in Eurasian and East European Studies

The interdisciplinary major in Eurasian and East European studies (EEES) combines the study of the Russian language with related courses in disciplines such as economics, government, history, and gender, sexuality, and women's studies. The EEES major combines multiple fields into a study of one common theme, in order to provide a multidisciplinary introduction to the larger region, while allowing for an in-depth study of the geographical region. The EEES major consists of ten courses (eleven for honors). These include Russian 1101, 1102, 2203, 2204 plus six additional courses on Eurasian or East European topics. Of these, two should be taken at the advanced level (numbered 3000-3999). With the approval of an EEES faculty member, an independent study may be counted toward these requirements. Two courses from a one-semester study abroad program may be counted toward the major; three courses may be counted toward the major from a year-long program.

Ministry of Foreign AffairsRequirements for the Minor in Russian

The minor consists of seven courses (including the first two years of Russian, RUS 1101, 1102, 2203, 2204) plus three additional Russian courses.

Additional Information

Students must achieve a grade of C- or higher in all courses for the major or minor, including prerequisites. Courses that count toward the major or minor must be taken for regular letter grades (not Credit/D/Fail). Up to two independent studies may be counted toward the major and one toward the minor. One semester of honors work counts toward the Russian or EEES major. A limit of one introductory course or first-year seminars can count toward the major or minor.

Gzhel matryoshkasAdvanced Independent Study

This is an option intended for students 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.

Honors in Russian

Petition for an honors project must be made in the spring of the junior year, with a substantial research proposal submitted to a faculty member in the Russian department, or to an affiliated faculty member in the case of the EEES major. Two semesters of advanced independent honors work are required for honors in the Russian or EEES major. Of these, one semester may be counted toward requirements for the major.