Russian language courses are offered in a sequence starting from a course for true beginners and continuing all the way to the advanced level. Students may also choose to spend a summer or semester studying in St. Petersburg, Russia.
The course in Russian Literature explores, in English translation, important writings by major 19th and 20th century Russian authors. Lectures supply a detailed look at social and political events which helped shape the literature.
Russian language and literature courses can be supplemented by other courses toward a minor in Russian Area Studies.
For a description of the interdisciplinary minor in Russian Area Studies see the section on interdisciplinary minors.
RU 100 Russian Semester I
A course for beginners, it is a study of the fundamental structure of the language with vocabulary development, practice in reading, writing, and conversation. The course involves three class meetings and one session of conversation with the Native Speaker each week.
RU 150 Russian Semester II
A continuation of Semester I, it builds on information learned about the structure of the language. Reading, writing and conversation skills are further developed, cultural information is gradually introduced. The course involves three class meetings and one session of conversation with the Native Speaker each week.
Prerequisite: RU 100 or placement
RU 200 Russian Semester III
A continuation of Semester II, it is an intensive review of basic grammar with spoken and written exercises including a study of idioms and training in modes of expression. Cultural information is expanded. The course requires three class meetings and one session of conversation with the Native Speaker each week.
Prerequisite: RU 150 or placement
RU129 Russian Literature in Translation
A study, in English translation, of important writings by major 19th and 20th century Russian authors from Pushkin to the present. The readings focus on short story, novel and drama rather than poetry. Lectures supply a detailed look at social and political events which helped shape the literature. Knowledge of Russian is not required.
RU 300-301 Special Topics in Russian
Topics to be arranged
Prerequisite: RU 200 or placement
RU 350 Independent Study