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Course ID:RUSS 1001. 4 hours.
Course Title:Elementary Russian I
Course
Description:
Fundamentals of Russian grammar, conversation, pronunciation, and reading, with an emphasis on oral proficiency and comprehension.
Athena Title:Elementary Russian I
Duplicate Credit:Not open to students with credit in RUSS 1002, RUSS 1012
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:RUSS 1002. 4 hours.
Course Title:Elementary Russian II
Course
Description:
A continuation of Elementary Russian I.
Athena Title:Elementary Russian II
Duplicate Credit:Not open to students with credit in RUSS 1012
Prerequisite:RUSS 1001
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered spring semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:RUSS 1011. 5 hours.
Course Title:Intensive Elementary Russian I
Course
Description:
Accelerated course covering the fundamentals of Russian grammar, conversation, pronunciation, and reading, with an emphasis on oral proficiency and comprehension.
Athena Title:Intensive Elementary Russian I
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:RUSS 1012. 5 hours.
Course Title:Intensive Elementary Russian II
Course
Description:
Part two of a two-part intensive introductory course in modern Russian and culture. This course continues to further develop students’ competence in speaking, listening, reading, and writing, with a persistent focus on proficiency-oriented instruction and assessment.
Athena Title:Intensive Elementary Russ II
Duplicate Credit:Not open to students with credit in RUSS 1001, RUSS 1002
Prerequisite:RUSS 1011
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered spring semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:RUSS 2001. 3 hours.
Course Title:Intermediate Russian I
Course
Description:
Review of basic grammar and study of more advanced grammatical topics. Oral proficiency, comprehension, and vocabulary building are emphasized. Includes reading and discussion of various Russian texts.
Athena Title:INTERMED RUSSIAN I
Prerequisite:RUSS 1002
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:RUSS 2001L. 1 hour.
Course Title:Intermediate Russian Conversation I
Course
Description:
Designed to improve students’ proficiency in spoken Russian. This course will reinforce topics, grammatical structures, and vocabulary covered in Intermediate Russian I.
Athena Title:INT RUSS CONV I
Prerequisite:RUSS 1002
Corequisite:RUSS 2001
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:RUSS 2002L. 1 hour.
Course Title:Intermediate Russian Conversation II
Course
Description:
Designed to improve students' proficiency in spoken Russian. This course will reinforce topics, grammatical structures, and vocabulary covered in Intermediate Russian II.
Athena Title:INT RUSS CONV II
Prerequisite:RUSS 2001
Corequisite:RUSS 2002
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered spring semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:RUSS 2002. 3 hours.
Course Title:Intermediate Russian II
Course
Description:
A continuation of Intermediate Russian I.
Athena Title:INTERMED RUSSIAN II
Prerequisite:RUSS 2001
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered spring semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:RUSS 2010. 3 hours.
Course Title:Russian for Heritage Speakers
Course
Description:
Instruction in grammar, development of reading comprehension, and practice in composition for speakers of Russian who have had little or no formal instruction in reading or writing the language.
Athena Title:RUSS HERITAGE SPEAK
Duplicate Credit:Not open to students with credit in RUSS 1001, RUSS 1002 or RUSS 2001 or RUSS 2002 or RUSS 3001
Prerequisite:Permission of department
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:RUSS 2011. 4 hours.
Course Title:Intensive Intermediate Russian I
Course
Description:
Part one of a two-part intensive intermediate course in modern Russian, Russian culture, and introduction to the subfields of professional Russian. This course continues to further develop students’ competence in speaking, listening, reading, and writing Russian, with a persistent focus on proficiency-oriented instruction and assessment.
Athena Title:Intensive Intermediate Russ I
Prerequisite:RUSS 1011 or RUSS 1012
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered summer semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:RUSS 2012. 4 hours.
Course Title:Intensive Intermediate Russian II
Course
Description:
Part two of a two-part intensive intermediate course in modern Russian and Russian culture, with an introduction to the subfields of professional Russian. This course continues to further develop students’ competence in speaking, listening, reading, and writing Russian, with a persistent focus on proficiency-oriented instruction and assessment.
Athena Title:Intensive Intermediate Russ II
Prerequisite:RUSS 2011
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered summer semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:RUSS 2050. 3 hours.
Course Title:20th-Century Russian Culture: The Soviet Experiment and its Aftermath
Course
Description:
Russian culture in the twentieth century. Examines both high culture (literature, art, architecture, classical music) and low or popular culture (film, popular music, various aspects of daily life) within the framework of the historical and political development of the period. No knowledge of Russian required.
Athena Title:20th-Century Russian Culture
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:RUSS 2150. 3 hours.
Course Title:Madness, Desire, and Death in 19th-Century Russian Culture and Literature
Course
Description:
Explores themes of madness, desire, and death in Russian literature and the arts, focusing on the 19th century. Study of masterpieces by Russian writers (Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Turgenev, Tolstoy, Chekhov), as well as non-fictional documents, such as Russian medical, judicial, and philosophical treatises and essays. All readings in English.
Athena Title:Madness and Desire
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:RUSS 3001. 3 hours.
Course Title:Russian Conversation and Composition I
Course
Description:
Development of students' abilities to express themselves accurately in spoken and written Russian and to comprehend normal Russian speech.
Athena Title:RUS CONV COMP I
Prerequisite:RUSS 2002
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:RUSS 3002. 3 hours.
Course Title:Russian Conversation and Composition II
Course
Description:
A continuation of Russian Conversation and Composition I.
Athena Title:RUSS CONV COMP II
Prerequisite:RUSS 3001
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered spring semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:RUSS 3011. 3 hours.
Course Title:Intensive Russian Conversation and Composition I
Course
Description:
Part one of an intensive course further developing students’ competence in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Focus on proficiency-oriented instruction and assessment. Engagement with texts from a variety of genres designed to enhance command of vocabulary, grammar, and syntax, including contemporary news and topics in professional Russian.
Athena Title:Intensive Russ Conv and Comp I
Prerequisite:RUSS 2011
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:RUSS 3012. 3 hours.
Course Title:Intensive Russian Conversation and Composition II
Course
Description:
Part two of an intensive course further developing students’ competence in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Focus on proficiency-oriented instruction and assessment. Engagement with texts from a variety of genres designed to enhance command of vocabulary, grammar, and syntax, including contemporary news and topics in professional Russian.
Athena Title:Intensive Russ Conv and Comp
Prerequisite:RUSS 3011
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered spring semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:RUSS 3100. 3 hours.
Course Title:Approaches to Russian/English Translation: Cultural, Sociolinguistic, and Grammatical Issues
Course
Description:
Analysis of different genres of Russian texts and cultural, sociolinguistic, grammatical, and stylistic issues involved in translation. Practice in translation as a means of acquiring a deeper understanding of contrasts between Russian and English, combined with study of difficult aspects of Russian grammar and syntax.
Athena Title:RUSS ENGL TRANS
Pre or Corequisite:RUSS 3001
Semester Course
Offered:
Not offered on a regular basis.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:RUSS 3150. 3 hours.
Course Title:The Russian Fairy Tales
Course
Description:
Interpretations of Russian fairy tales within the frameworks of four different approaches: structuralism, psychoanalysis, socio- politics, and feminism. Analyses of Russian fairy tales’ structure and images. Their significance for Russian literature, art, music, and cinema.
Athena Title:The Russian Fairy Tales
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:RUSS 3200. 3 hours.
Course Title:Russian Culture to the Time of the 1917 Revolution
Course
Description:
Russian culture from the period of Kievan Rus' to the 1917 Revolution. Designed to increase the student's proficiency in all language skills and to build vocabulary. Conducted in Russian.
Athena Title:PRE 1917 RUSS CULT
Prerequisite:RUSS 2002
Semester Course
Offered:
Not offered on a regular basis.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:RUSS 3300. 3 hours.
Course Title:Introduction to Russian Cinema
Course
Description:
A survey of the major periods, genres, and directors of the extensive Russian and Soviet cinematographic heritage, with particular attention to the immediate influence of historical, political, and cultural developments. The class is conducted in English and all films will be shown with English subtitles.
Athena Title:INTRO RUSS CINEMA
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:RUSS 3400. 3 hours.
Course Title:The Stuff of the Soul: Dostoevsky’s Prose and its Aesthetic and Ethical Influence
Course
Description:
Dostoevsky’s main novels, their aesthetics, and ethics. The philosophy of Dostoevsky’s works. Dostoevsky’s philosophical and aesthetic influence. All readings and discussions in English.
Athena Title:DOSTOEVSKY
Semester Course
Offered:
Not offered on a regular basis.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:RUSS 3500. 3 hours.
Course Title:The Russian Novel: Masterpieces of Russian Literature in the Age of Realism
Course
Description:
Explores development of Russian history and culture focusing on 19th-century Russian novel. Study of masterpieces by Pushkin, Gogol, Lermontov, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, Leskov, Tolstoy, as well as their cultural, historical, and philosophic context. Exploration of Russian literature as central cultural and social institution.
Athena Title:The Russian Novel
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall semester every even-numbered year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:RUSS 3550. 3 hours.
Course Title:Contemporary Issues in Russian Society and Culture
Course
Description:
An introduction to important aspects of modern Russian society and culture, including popular culture and everyday life. Students will read a variety of texts, including scholarly works, newspaper articles, fiction, and historical accounts. The class is conducted in English and requires no prior knowledge of Russian language or culture.
Athena Title:Russian Society and Culture
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered summer semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:RUSS 3990. 1-3 hours. Repeatable for maximum 6 hours credit.
Course Title:Directed Study in Russian
Course
Description:
Independent study, research, and substantial final project under the direction of individual faculty members.
Athena Title:Directed Study in Russian
Nontraditional Format:Directed study.
Prerequisite:Permission of department
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:RUSS 4000L. 1 hour. Repeatable for maximum 3 hours credit.
Course Title:Advanced Russian Conversation Practicum
Course
Description:
Designed to improve students' proficiency in spoken Russian. This course is intended to be taken concurrently with another upper-division Russian course, allowing students the opportunity to read and discuss texts in the original language (for courses taught in English) or to provide additional conversational practice (for courses taught in Russian).
Athena Title:ADV RUSS PRAC
Prerequisite:RUSS 3001 and permission of department
Semester Course
Offered:
Not offered on a regular basis.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:RUSS 4001. 3 hours.
Course Title:Advanced Russian Conversation and Composition
Course
Description:
Advanced language study, combining instruction in grammar, composition, and stylistics with practice in spoken Russian.
Athena Title:ADV RUS CONV COMP
Prerequisite:RUSS 3002
Semester Course
Offered:
Not offered on a regular basis.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:RUSS 4040. 3 hours.
Course Title:Tolstoy on Page and Screen
Course
Description:
Close reading of Leo Tolstoy's greatest novels, "War and Peace" and "Anna Karenina." Screening and discussion of film adaptations. All readings and discussions in English. All films in English or with English subtitles.
Athena Title:Tolstoy on Page and Screen
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall semester every odd-numbered year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:RUSS 4080. 3 hours.
Course Title:Nabokov
Course
Description:
A discussion-oriented survey of Vladimir Nabokov's life and works, with particular attention to questions of cross-cultural literary identity. In-depth consideration of the author's creative responses to the nineteenth-century Russian literary tradition. All readings and discussion in English.
Athena Title:NABOKOV
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:RUSS 4090. 3 hours.
Course Title:Russia through the Eyes of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky
Course
Description:
The cultural context, lives, and works of nineteenth-century Russia's greatest novelists. Close reading of two panoramic masterpieces, "War and Peace" and "The Idiot," interspersed with selected autobiographical writings and short stories. All readings and discussion in English. Film adaptations with English subtitles.
Athena Title:TOLSTOY AND DOSTOEV
Duplicate Credit:Not open to students with credit in RUSS 4090
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:RUSS 4250. 3 hours.
Course Title:Pushkin
Course
Description:
Alexander Pushkin's major works in poetry and prose, and his role in the development of the Russian literary language. Conducted in Russian.
Athena Title:PUSHKIN
Prerequisite:RUSS 3001 or RUSS 3200
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:RUSS 4260. 3 hours.
Course Title:Masterpieces of Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature
Course
Description:
Representative works in the original language. Conducted in Russian.
Athena Title:19TH C RUSS LIT
Prerequisite:RUSS 3001 or RUSS 3200
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:RUSS 4270. 3 hours.
Course Title:Masterpieces of Twentieth-Century Russian Literature
Course
Description:
Representative works in the original language. Conducted in Russian.
Athena Title:20TH C RUSS LIT
Prerequisite:RUSS 3001 or RUSS 3200
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:RUSS 4280. 3 hours.
Course Title:Chekhov
Course
Description:
Representative works from all periods of Chekhov's career. Chekhov's influence on modern literature and drama. Taught in Russian.
Athena Title:CHEKHOV
Prerequisite:RUSS 3001 or RUSS 3200
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:RUSS 4290. 3 hours.
Course Title:Politically Incorrect: Contemporary Russian Literature, Art, and Cinema
Course
Description:
Survey of representative works in contemporary Russian literature, art, and cinema. Discussion of key literary and artistic movements. The political significance of contemporary Russian literature, art, and cinema and the relationship between art and political institutions. Taught in Russian.
Athena Title:POLIT INCORRECT
Prerequisite:RUSS 3001 or RUSS 2010
Semester Course
Offered:
Not offered on a regular basis.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:RUSS 4510. 3 hours. Repeatable for maximum 9 hours credit.
Course Title:Special Topics
Course
Description:
Seminar focusing on specific topics in Russian literature and culture or Russian and Slavic linguistics.
Athena Title:SPECIAL TOPICS
Prerequisite:RUSS 3001 or RUSS 3200 or permission of department
Semester Course
Offered:
Not offered on a regular basis.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:RUSS 4520. 3 hours.
Course Title:Contemporary Russian Culture
Course
Description:
Survey of major trends in modern Russian society and culture. Discussion of key notions and beliefs that shape these trends. Comparison and analysis of Russians’ worldviews and self- perceptions. The course provides an overview of the political and social dynamics of modern Russia, combined with advanced language study. Taught in Russian.
Athena Title:CONTEMP RUSS CULT
Prerequisite:RUSS 3002
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:RUSS 4960R. 1-6 hours. Repeatable for maximum 16 hours credit.
Course Title:Faculty-Mentored Undergraduate Research I
Course
Description:
Faculty-supervised independent or collaborative inquiry into fundamental and applied problems within a discipline that requires students to gather, analyze, and synthesize and interpret data and to present results in writing and other relevant communication formats.
Athena Title:Undergraduate Research I
Nontraditional Format:This course belongs to a progressive research course sequence to promote a student's increasing skill development and depth of inquiry, as well as growing independent research capability. This course requires the close supervision of a faculty member as the student undertakes a systematic and in-depth inquiry into unknown, fundamental, and applied problems. In some cases, the student will work collaboratively as part of a research team. The student will have to apply understanding of the discipline to identify or shape research questions and apply skills and techniques learned to the research project. Students will gather data, synthesize relevant literature, analyze, and interpret data. The student will present results in writing or through participation in research-group or program meetings and meetings with their faculty mentor. The student will receive feedback from the faculty mentor on their research progress and written or oral presentation of results. A minimum of 45 hours of work per credit hour per semester is required.
Prerequisite:Permission of department
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall, spring and summer semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:RUSS 4970R. 1-6 hours. Repeatable for maximum 8 hours credit.
Course Title:Faculty-Mentored Undergraduate Research II
Course
Description:
Faculty-supervised independent or collaborative inquiry into fundamental and applied problems within a discipline that requires students to gather, analyze, and synthesize and interpret data and to present results in writing and other relevant communication formats.
Athena Title:Undergraduate Research II
Nontraditional Format:These courses belong to a progressive research course sequence to promote a student's increasing skill development and depth of inquiry, as well as growing independent research capability. The courses require the close supervision of a faculty member as the student undertakes a systematic and in-depth inquiry into unknown, fundamental, and applied problems. In some cases, the student will work collaboratively as part of a research team. The student will have to apply understanding of the discipline to identify or shape research questions and apply skills and techniques learned to the research project. Students will gather data, synthesize relevant literature, analyze, and interpret data. The student will present results in writing or through participation in research-group or program meetings and meetings with their faculty mentor. The student will receive feedback from the faculty mentor on their research progress and written or oral presentation of results. A minimum of 45 hours of work per credit hour per semester is required.
Prerequisite:Permission of department
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall, spring and summer semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:RUSS 4990R. 1-6 hours. Repeatable for maximum 8 hours credit.
Course Title:Undergraduate Research Thesis (or Final Project)
Course
Description:
Faculty-supervised independent or collaborative inquiry into fundamental and applied problems within a discipline that requires students to gather, analyze, and synthesize and interpret data. Students will write or produce a thesis or other professional capstone product, such as a report or portfolio that describes their systematic and in-depth inquiry.
Athena Title:Undergraduate Thesis
Nontraditional Format:This is a capstone course under the direct supervision of a faculty member. This course may be the culmination of the 4960R- 4980R sequence. Students will write a thesis or other professional capstone product, such as a report or portfolio, that describes their systematic and in-depth inquiry into an unknown, fundamental, or applied problem. The thesis or capstone product is written in close collaboration with the faculty member and must be approved by that faculty member and/or the department. The student will apply understanding of the discipline to identify or shape the research question and apply skills and techniques learned to complete the research project. The student will have gathered data, synthesized relevant literature and materials, analyzed, and interpreted data. The student will demonstrate in writing the contribution of their work to the discovery and interpretation of knowledge significant to their field of study. The student will have presented results in the form of a properly formatted, professionally rigorous thesis document or other appropriate professional capstone product and through the formal presentation of the thesis or product to faculty and peers during an approved event. The student will receive feedback from the faculty member on the overall execution of their thesis project, the written thesis, and their presentation.
Prerequisite:Permission of department
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall, spring and summer semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:RUSS 6980. 1-3 hours. Repeatable for maximum 9 hours credit.
Course Title:Directed Study in Russian Literature
Course
Description:
Individual study, reading, or projects in Russian literature under the supervision of a project director.
Athena Title:DIRECTED STUDY LIT
Nontraditional Format:Directed study.
Prerequisite:Permission of department
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:RUSS 6990. 1-3 hours. Repeatable for maximum 9 hours credit.
Course Title:Directed Study in Russian and Slavic Linguistics
Course
Description:
Individual study, reading, or projects in Russian and Slavic linguistics under the supervision of a project director.
Athena Title:DIRECTED STUDY LING
Nontraditional Format:Directed study.
Prerequisite:Permission of department
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
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