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Russian Studies (RSS)

Advisor: Robert Givens or Lynne Ikach

This interdisciplinary major has been designed to prepare the student for graduate school,
government employment, or research in the field of Russian Studies. The curriculum
encompasses a program of courses in Russian language, history, literature, and related fields.
Students are encouraged to participate in at least one of the various programs that offer
language study in Russia.

Major: A minimum of seven course credits, at or above the 300 level, which include RUS 301
(Composition and Conversation), 302 (Contemporary Currents) or 303 (Language in Context),
RSS 485 (Senior Capstone), and five courses (at least two of which must be courses in Russian
history) selected from HIS 321 (Muscovite and Imperial Russia), 322 (Revolutionary and Soviet
Russia), 323 (Russia from 1941); PHI 307 (Marx and Marxism); POL 327 (Revolutionary
Political Thought); and courses in the Russian Program at or above the 300 level.

The following courses are also recommended: ECB 223 (International Economics); HIS
315 (Diplomacy of War and Revolution); and POL 142 (International Politics). Note: A major in
Russian is also offered; however, students may not major in both Russian and Russian Studies.

Slavic Studies: For study in Russia, see RSS 384 and 955.

280/380. Internship: See Additional Academic Programs, All-College Independent Study
Courses 280/380.

281. “The Other” in Russian Literature and Film (W)
Examination of works of literature and film that reveal historical and contemporary trends in
Russian culture, with an emphasis on Russia's relationship to its past and to other cultures.
Conducted in English. Alternate years. Same course as RUS 281. (Writing Requirement)

290/390. Individual Project: See Additional Academic Programs, All-College Independent
Study Courses 290/390.

384. Russia Today
The current scene in Russia. Registration, when the course is taught in Russia, entails additional
costs. Offered subject to availability of faculty. Same course as RUS 384. (CR)

485. Senior Capstone
Reading, research, and writing in Russian and in English on a topic developed in consultation
with the program advisor. Prerequisites: senior standing and permission of instructor. Same
as RUS 485.

501. Theatre in Russian (1/4)
Group reading, discussion, and preparation of one or more Russian plays. Rehearsals and
performances in Russian. Prerequisites: knowledge of Russian and permission of instructor.
Same course as RUS 501. (CR)

511. Russian Reading and Conversation Group (1/4)
Maintenance of Russian language skills through reading and conversation. Same course as RUS
511. (CR)

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