Academic Calendar

Russian (Slavic Studies) (RUSN)

RUSN 1300  Introductory Russian  6 cr  

(Lab required) Three hours of lectures plus one hour of lab per week. Basic grammar, conversation and reading with emphasis on communication skills. Cultural content is introduced through a range of audio-visual materials. Not open to native speakers and students with high school Russian 41G credit. Students may not hold credit for both RUSN 1300 and RUSN 1330.

Mutually Exclusive: RUSN 1330

Attributes: Humanities, Recommended Intro Courses

RUSN 1330  Introductory Russian 2  3 cr  

(Lab required) Three hours of lectures plus one hour of lab per week. Intended for students who have already a knowledge of the alphabet and the sound system, as well as elementary comprehension, communication and writing skills equivalent to those that would be achieved in the first term of RUSN 1300. Students may not hold credit for both RUSN 1330 and RUSN 1300.

PR/CR: A minimum grade of C is required unless otherwise indicated.
Prerequisite: successful completion of a placement test administered by the department.

Mutually Exclusive: RUSN 1300

Attributes: Humanities, Recommended Intro Courses

RUSN 1400  Masterpieces of Russian Literature in Translation  3 cr  

An introduction to representative works by major Russian writers, with emphasis on key paradigms in literary and socio-political thinking in Russia. Early 19th century to the present. The course is designed for students who have little or no prior knowledge of Russian literature. Lectures and readings in English. Students may not hold credit for both RUSN 1400 and the former RUSN 2770.

Equiv To: RUSN 2770

Attributes: Humanities, Recommended Intro Courses, Written English Requirement

RUSN 1410  Love in Russian Culture in English Translation  3 cr  

An introduction to the discourse of love in Russian culture from the Middle Ages to the present. The course explores different meanings of love (spiritual, erotic, romantic, same-sex, familial) in Russian culture by means of examining a variety of portrayals of the interactions of love, sex, religion, and politics in literature and other cultural forms. The course is designed for students who have little or no prior knowledge of Russian culture. Language of instruction: English.

Attributes: Humanities, Recommended Intro Courses, Written English Requirement

RUSN 2280  Russian Culture until 1900  3 cr  

A survey of the Russian cultural heritage from the pre-Christian era to the end of the nineteenth century. Mythology, the arts and literature. Lectures in English. Readings are available in both English translation and in the original.

Attributes: Humanities, Recommended Intro Courses, Written English Requirement

RUSN 2290  Russian Culture from 1900 to the Present  3 cr  

Russian culture from the end of the 19th century to the present day. Major developments in Russian art, film and literature. Readings are available in both English translation and in the original.

Attributes: Humanities, Recommended Intro Courses, Written English Requirement

RUSN 2310  Exploring Russia through Film  3 cr  

A survey of Russian cinema from its origins to the present. The course focuses on the role of film in Russian culture, ideological uses of film, and cinema as a medium of cultural dissent and witness to social change. Lectures in English; all films are in Russian with English subtitles; no prior knowledge of Russian language or culture is required.

Attributes: Humanities, Written English Requirement

RUSN 2410  Russian Literature after Stalin  3 cr  

A survey of Russian literature from the period of High Stalinism to the present. The course examines effects of ideological and political change on literary production. Lectures in English. Readings in English or in the original.

Attributes: Humanities, Written English Requirement

RUSN 2600  Special Topics in Russian Culture in English Translation  3 cr  

Language of Instruction: English. Topics dealing with Russian culture. The course content may vary. Students may earn multiple credits for this course only when the course subtitle is different.

Attributes: Humanities, Written English Requirement

RUSN 2630  Russian Language Seminar Abroad  3 cr  

The study of Russian language, literature and culture at an intensive language school in Eastern Europe. Designed for students aiming at near-native fluency.

PR/CR: A minimum grade of C is required unless otherwise indicated.
Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in RUSN 1300 or RUSN 1330] and written consent of department head.

Attributes: Humanities

RUSN 2740  Literature and Revolution  3 cr  

Responses to the 1917 Revolution, focusing on writers of the twenties. Mayakovsky, Kollontai, Babel, Olesha, Zamyatin, Pilnyak, Bulgakov. References to art, cinema and cultural politics of the period. Lectures in English.

Attributes: Humanities, Written English Requirement

RUSN 2810  Intermediate Russian  6 cr  

Grammar review, conversation, translation and reading of selected texts. Development of communication skills through practical exercises. Cultural content is introduced through use of audio-visual and internet materials. Students may not hold credit for both RUSN 2810 and RUSN 2820.

PR/CR: A minimum grade of C is required unless otherwise indicated.
Prerequisite: [a grade "C" or better in RUSN 1300 or RUSN 1330] or [Russian 41G] or written consent of department head.

Mutually Exclusive: RUSN 2820

Attributes: Humanities, Recommended Intro Courses

RUSN 2820  Intermediate Russian 2  3 cr  

Intended for students who already have basic comprehension, communication and writing skills equivalent to those that would be achieved in the first term of RUSN 2810. Students may not hold credit for both RUSN 2820 and RUSN 2810.

PR/CR: A minimum grade of C is required unless otherwise indicated.
Prerequisite: successful completion of a placement test administered by the department.

Mutually Exclusive: RUSN 2810

Attributes: Humanities, Recommended Intro Courses

RUSN 2830  Special Topics in Russian  3 cr  

A study of the Russian language through listening, reading, writing, and conversation, with a strong cultural component. The content of this course will vary from year to year, depending on the needs and interests of the students and staff. The course content may vary. Students can earn multiple credits for this course only when the topic subtitle is different.

PR/CR: A minimum grade of C is required unless otherwise indicated.
Prerequisite: [a grade "C" or better in one of: RUSN 1300 or RUSN 1330 or RUSN 2810 or RUSN 2820] or written consent of department head.

Attributes: Humanities

RUSN 3200  Advanced Russian 1  3 cr  

Advanced composition, translation, reading and study of selected literary and other texts. Development of overall communication skills. Students may not hold credit for both RUSN 3200 and the former RUSN 3930.

PR/CR: A minimum grade of C is required unless otherwise indicated.
Prerequisite: [a grade "C" or better in RUSN 2810 or RUSN 2820] or written consent of department head.

Mutually Exclusive: RUSN 3930

Attributes: Humanities

RUSN 3210  Advanced Russian 2  3 cr  

Continues RUSN 3200. Further work in advanced composition, translation, reading and study of selected literary and other texts. Development of overall communication skills. Students may not hold credit for RUSN 3210 and any of: the former RUSN 3930 or the former RUSN 3940.

PR/CR: A minimum grade of C is required unless otherwise indicated.
Prerequisite: [a grade "C" or better in RUSN 3200] or written consent of department head.

Mutually Exclusive: RUSN 3930, RUSN 3940

Attributes: Humanities

RUSN 3220  Selected Topics in Russian  3 cr  

Language of instruction: Russian. Advanced study of the Russian language through reading and analysis of literary or/and non-fictional texts including academic writing. The content of this course will vary from year to year, depending on the needs and interests of instructors and students. The course content may vary. Students can earn multiple credits for this course only when the topic subtitle is different.

PR/CR: A minimum grade of C is required unless otherwise indicated.
Prerequisite: [a grade "C" or better in one of: RUSN 2810, RUSN 2820, RUSN 3200, RUSN 3210, the former RUSN 3930, the former RUSN 3940] or written consent of department head.

Attributes: Humanities

RUSN 3330  Chekhov  3 cr  

The study of selected short stories and plays. Lectures in English. Readings are available in both Russian and English translation.

Attributes: Humanities

RUSN 3580  Russian Poetry  3 cr  

A study of major Russian poetry of the 19th and 20th centuries, including works by Pushkin, Lermontov, Tiutchev, Fet, Blok, Mayakovsky, Akhmatova, Esenin, Evtushenko, Vinokurov, Kazakova. Lectures and readings in Russian.

PR/CR: A minimum grade of C is required unless otherwise indicated.
Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in one of: RUSN 3200 or RUSN 3210 or the former RUSN 3930 or the former RUSN 3940] or written consent of department head.

Attributes: Humanities

RUSN 3770  Tolstoy  3 cr  

A study of the novelist that focuses on the development of the aesthetic views and intellectual biography. Representative works from his early, middle and late period will be selected for analysis. Lectures in English. Readings in the original or in English.

Attributes: Humanities, Written English Requirement

RUSN 3780  Dostoevsky  3 cr  

A study that focuses on the writer's art, in particular on his development of the polyphonic novel. Lectures in English. Readings in the original or in English.

Attributes: Humanities

RUSN 3790  Special Studies  3 cr  

The content of this course will vary from year to year, depending on the needs and interests of instructors and students. A description of the course is available in advance at the department office. The course content may vary. Students can earn multiple credits for this course only when the topic subtitle is different.

PR/CR: A minimum grade of C is required unless otherwise indicated.
Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in a minimum of 21 credit hours of courses at the 1000-level or above] or written consent of department head.

Attributes: Humanities

RUSN 3900  Tolstoy's War and Peace  3 cr  

This writer's art, view of history and human nature. References to film versions. Lectures in English. Readings in the original or in English.

Attributes: Humanities

RUSN 4620  Selected Topics 1  3 cr  

A program of independent reading and/or research on selected topics to 1900, undertaken by a student in consultation with his or her prospective instructor. The course content may vary. Students can earn multiple credits for this course only when the topic subtitle is different.

PR/CR: A minimum grade of C is required unless otherwise indicated.
Prerequisite: written consent of department head.

Attributes: Humanities