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Russian Courses

Russian language is taught in a non-intensive format, to benefit students who do not have enough room in their schedule for 2-unit per semester language study. To fulfill your COM2 requirement with no prior experience in Russian, we strongly advise you to start in the fall of freshmen year with Russian 101-102. In your sophomore year, you will complete Russian 201-202.  For more information on the synergies between Russian language study and majors in business, pre-med, science, art, international studies, political science, and pre-law, contact Yvonne Howell. Or just sign up and enjoy the ride!

Courses
RUSN 101 Elementary Russian I
Units: 1
Description
Introduction to Russian language and culture.

RUSN 102 Elementary Russian II
Units: 1
Description
Introduction to Russian language and culture.
Prerequisites
RUSN 101.

RUSN 201 Intermediate Russian I
Units: 1
Description
Active practice and reinforcement of language skills and study of culture.
Prerequisites
RUSN 102.

RUSN 202 Intermediate Russian II
Units: 1
Description
Active practice and reinforcement of language skills and study of culture.
Prerequisites
RUSN 201.

RUSN 305 The Russian Case
Units: 1
Description
Provides a critical introduction to key themes in Russian culture and civilization using authentic Russian language materials from popular culture, literature, media and film. Topics vary by semester, but the course material is designed to move students from low to high intermediate proficiency (ACTFL). Primary focus on rapid expansion of functional vocabulary and thorough review of case system.
Prerequisites
RUSN 202.

RUSN 312 Accelerated Russian Language Abroad
Units: 1
Description
Onsite language course offered during summer study abroad in St. Petersburg. Designed to accelerate conversational and comprehension skills.
Prerequisites
RUSN 202.

RUSN 313 Russian Cultural Life
Units: 1
Description
Onsite cultural studies course offered during summer study abroad in St. Petersburg. Designed as introduction to both "high" culture (museums, opera, concerts) and "everyday" culture in contemporary Russia, the course immerses students in the aesthetic and practical aspects of life in St. Petersburg, and provides a framework for reflecting upon the diversity of cultural practices.
Prerequisites
RUSN 202.

RUSN 315 Verbs for Life
Units: 1
Description
Provides a critical look at the importance of literature for Russian national mythologies using authentic Russian language materials from classic and contemporary Russian literature. Authors and readings vary by semester, but the course material is designed to move students from low to high intermediate proficiency (ACTFL). Primary focus on understanding the system of prefixed verbs in Russian, as well as rapid expansion of functional vocabulary.
Prerequisites
RUSN 305.

RUSN 388 Individual Internship
Units: .5-1
Description
Internship experiences outside of the department in fields related to Russian studies. No more than 1.5 units of internship in any one department and 3.5 units of internship overall may be counted toward required degree units.
Prerequisites
Permission of department.

RUSN 389 Practice Assistantship
Units: .25
Description
Students lead practice sessions associated with the elementary and intermediate language sequence in Russian. The practice assistantship does not count as credit toward the major or minor. Up to one unit can be applied toward graduation credit.
Prerequisites
Departmental approval

RUSN 401 Topics in Advanced Russian I
Units: 1
Description
Discussion in Russian at advanced level of selected topics and readings in Russian literature.
Prerequisites
Permission of instructor.

RUSN 402 Topics in Advanced Russian II
Units: 1
Description
Discussion in Russian at advanced level of selected topics and readings in Russian literature.
Prerequisites
Permission of instructor.

RUSN 406 Summer Undergraduate Research
Units: 0
Description
Documentation of the work of students who receive summer fellowships to conduct research [or produce a creative arts project] in the summer. The work must take place over a minimum of 8 weeks, the student must engage in the project full-time (at least 40 hours per week) during this period, and the student must be the recipient of a fellowship through the university. Graded S/U.
Prerequisites
Approval for summer Arts and Sciences fellowship by faculty mentor

RUSN 420 Readings in Russian Literature
Units: 1
Description
Analysis and discussion of primary Russian texts. Topics vary by semester. May be repeated up to three times with different course material.
Prerequisites
Permission of instructor.

RUSN 495 Independent Study
Units: .5-1
Description
Special projects individually pursued under supervision of faculty member.
Prerequisites
Permission of department.

RUSN 497 Selected Topics
Units: 1
Description
Special interest topics offered at department's discretion.
Prerequisites
Permission of department.

RUSN 498 Senior Research Project I
Units: 0
Description
Consultation with faculty mentor and selection of Russian studies topic for senior research project.
Prerequisites
Senior standing.

RUSN 499 Senior Research Project II
Units: .5
Description
Completion and presentation of an independently researched paper on Russian studies topic.
Prerequisites
Senior standing.