Russian

Students considering language study outside the Western European offerings will find Russian a refreshing change. In our first-year sequence we cover the fundamentals with equal emphasis on speaking, listening, writing, and reading. Traditional materials are supplemented by fairy tales, folk songs, rock music video, film clips and internet materials. By the end of Russian 204, students are able to read short prose by Chekhov, Dostoevsky, and Tolstoy, and to communicate functionally with native speakers. Language courses beyond 204 address contemporary Russian cultural and social issues while focusing on skill development at the intermediate (205), and advanced level. Students with pre-college Russian, either acquired or native, should consult the department for placement information.

Literature and Cultural Studies

We teach a variety of courses in English translation with no prerequisites (230-295). Courses at the 330-395 level that are conducted entirely in Russian aim to expand students' linguistic range as well as their understanding of analytical techniques and cultural contexts. See individual listings below for prerequisites.

Requirements for the Russian Major

  66 credits, including the following:

  • Russian 205 (6 credits);
  • 207 or 307 or the equivalent (4 credits);
  • 12 credits in English: (Russian courses numbered 150 or above or Cinema and Media Studies 237);
  • 18 credits numbered 330 or above, six of which will normally be Russian 395
  • LCST 245 The Critical Toolbox (6 credits)
    In consultation with their advisor, students may substitute a comparable methods course in a different field, including:

    • ENGL 295 Critical Methods
    • HIST 200 History Workshop
    • HIST 298 Junior Year History Colloquium
    • POSC 230 Methods of Political Research
    • SOAN 240 Methods of Social Research
    • WGST 200 Gender, Power and the Pursuit of Knowledge
    • WGST 234 Feminist Theory
  • Electives: 17 credits   
    Elective credits may be selected from Russian courses numbered 204 or above and History 240-242
  • the integrative exercise (3 credits)

Courses 101, 102 and 103 do not count toward the major.

Study Abroad: Participation in foreign study programs is highly recommended. Consult the "Off-Campus Studies" section of the catalog for a description of the Carleton Moscow Program. Departmental approval of credit for participation in non-Carleton overseas programs should be sought before leaving campus.

Language House: Students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the language by living in Parish House. A native Russian Resident Associate provides opportunities for conversation practice and assists students in organizing a variety of cultural activities.

Requirements for the Russian Minor

36 credits with a grade of C- or better, including:

  • Russian 205 and
  • twelve credits numbered 330 or above.
  • Elective credits may be chosen from among
    • other offerings in the Russian section,
    • Cinema and Media Studies 237 and
    • History 240-242.

Courses 101, 102 and 103 do not count toward the minor.

Russian Courses

RUSS 101 Elementary Russian For students with no previous training in or minimal knowledge of Russian. Simultaneous development of skills in speaking, reading, aural comprehension, writing. Students with prior instruction or who speak Russian at home should consult the department for placement information. Class meets five days a week. 6 credits; NE; Fall; Anna M Dotlibova, Diane M Nemec Ignashev
RUSS 102 Elementary Russian Continues Russian 101. Prerequisite: Russian 101 or equivalent. 6 credits; NE; Winter; Laura Goering, Anna M Dotlibova
RUSS 103 Elementary Russian Concludes introductory method of Russian 101-102. Prerequisite: Russian 102 or equivalent. 6 credits; NE; Spring; Laura Goering
RUSS 107 Moscow Program: Beginning Grammar This course will focus on continued study of the fundamentals of Russian grammar, vocabulary expansion, and activation. This course is conducted by members of Moscow State University Philological Faculty and supervised by the program director. Prerequisite: For students who have just recently begun their study of the Russian language, having completed or tested beyond elementary Russian 102. 4 credits; NE; Spring; Diane M Nemec Ignashev
RUSS 108 Moscow Program: Beginning Phonetics This course is taken in combination with Russian 107. Students focus on the essentials of Russian pronunciation with preliminary work in intonation. This course is conducted by members of Moscow State University Philological Faculty and supervised by the program director. 2 credits; NE; Spring; Diane M Nemec Ignashev
RUSS 109 Moscow Program: Beginning Conversation This course is taken in combination with Russian 107. Emphasis on socially relevant material. This course is conducted by members of Moscow State University Philological Faculty and supervised by the program director. 3 credits; NE; Spring; Diane M Nemec Ignashev
RUSS 204 Intermediate Russian Continued four-skill development using texts and resources from a variety of sources. Emphasis on communicative skills. Prerequisite: Russian 103 or equivalent. 6 credits; NE; Fall; Diane M Nemec Ignashev
RUSS 205 Russian in Cultural Contexts In this course students continue to develop skills of narration, listening comprehension, and writing, while exploring issues of contemporary Russian life and consciousness. The issues are examined from the position of two cultures: American and Russian. The course draws on a variety of sources for reading and viewing, including the periodic press, film, and music. Prerequisite: Russian 204 or equivalent. 6 credits; IS, NE; Winter; Anna M Dotlibova
RUSS 207 Moscow Program: Intermediate Grammar This course aims at vocabulary expansion and the assimilation and activation of formulaic conversational structures and speech etiquette at the same time it develops familiarity with more complex principles of Russian grammar. This course is conducted by members of Moscow State University Philological Faculty and supervised by the program director. Prerequisite: Russian 205 or equivalent. 4 credits; NE; Spring; Diane M Nemec Ignashev
RUSS 208 Moscow Program: Intermediate Phonetics This course is taken in combination with Russian 207. Students focus on the essentials of Russian pronunciation and correction. Preliminary work in intonation will be offered. This course is conducted by members of Moscow State University Philological Faculty and supervised by the program director. 2 credits; NE; Spring; Diane M Nemec Ignashev
RUSS 209 Moscow Program: Intermediate Conversation This course is taken in combination with Russian 207. Emphasis will be placed on socially relevant reading materials. This course is conducted by members of Moscow State University Philological Faculty and supervised by the program director. 3 credits; NE; Spring; Diane M Nemec Ignashev
RUSS 226 Moscow Program: Russia's Hallowed Places This course explores localities in Russia that have acquired the significance of hallowed or sacred places, the reasons underlying their designation, and the diversity of belief systems they embody. Localities considered include places in and around Moscow (some holy, others cursed), the routes of literary heroes (and their creators) in St. Petersburg, sites of legendary historical significance in Central Russia, and the "sacred sea" of Siberia, Lake Baikal, and its Buryat-Mongol shamanist-Buddhist environs. Course materials: readings, films, excursions, lectures, and travel. Student learning is assessed through occasional quizzes, weekly discussions, and integrative blog writing assignments. Prerequisite: Acceptance in Russian OCS Program. 6 credits; HI, IS; Spring; Diane M Nemec Ignashev
RUSS 237 Beyond Beef Stroganoff: Food in Russian Culture How did the Russian peasant stove shape culinary culture? Why did Catherine the Great force her subjects to cultivate potatoes? How did the October Revolution change the way Soviet citizens ate? In this course we will study key aspects of Russian history and culture through the lens of culinary history. Topics will include: food and fasting in Russian Orthodoxy; food, class and power under the tsars; high Russian (or is it French?) culture of the nineteenth century; Soviet policies for feeding the worker; non-Russian cuisines in the Soviet Union; drinking culture and anti-alcohol campaigns; food and nationalism in the twenty-first century. Includes hands-on sessions on Russian food preparation. In English. 6 credits; HI, IS; Winter; Laura Goering
RUSS 237F Russian Kitchen Culture A companion course to Russian 237, with emphasis on helping students develop linguistic and cultural competence in the realm of food. Includes hands-on sessions on Russian food preparation. Prerequisite: Russian 205 or concurrent registration in Russian 205 and concurrent registration in Russian 237. 2 credits; S/CR/NC; NE, IS; Winter; Anna M Dotlibova
RUSS 266 Dostoevsky An introduction to the works of Dostoevsky. Readings include Poor Folk, Notes from the Underground, and The Brothers Karamazov. Conducted entirely in English. Prerequisite: No prerequisites and no knowledge of Russian literature or history required. 3 credits; LA, IS; Not offered 2017-18
RUSS 266F Dostoevsky in Russian Readings and discussion of texts by Dostoevsky in the original Russian. Requires concurrent registration in Russian 266. S/CR/NC only Prerequisite: Russian 205 or the equivalent, requires concurrent registration in Russian 266. 1 credit; NE, IS; Not offered 2017-18
RUSS 267 War and Peace Close reading and discussion of Tolstoy's magnum opus. Conducted entirely in English. Prerequisite: No prerequisites and no knowledge of Russian literature or history required. 3 credits; LA, IS; Not offered 2017-18
RUSS 267F War and Peace in Russian Reading and discussion of Tolstoy's War and Peace in the original Russian. Requires concurrent registration in Russian 267. S/CR/NC only. Prerequisite: Russian 205 or the equivalent. Concurrent registration in Russian 267. 1 credit; NE, IS; Not offered 2017-18
RUSS 280 Russian History Through Song In this course we will analyze, sing, and stage some of the best-known Russian songs of the twentieth century, songs that have become the "prayers" of the new civic religion. Prerequisite: Russian 205 or instructor permission. 2 credits; NE, IS; Not offered 2017-18
RUSS 290 Moscow Program: Reading for Russia 3 credits; NE; Spring; Diane M Nemec Ignashev
RUSS 307 Moscow Program: Advanced Grammar This course combines advanced work in Russian grammar (largely corrective) and fundamentals in composition, with conversational Russian. Prerequisite: At least 6-12 credits beyond Russian 205/206. 4 credits; NE; Spring; Diane M Nemec Ignashev
RUSS 308 Moscow Program: Advanced Phonetics and Intonation This course is taken in combination with Russian 307. Students focus on corrective pronunciation and theory and practice of Russian intonation. This course is conducted by members of Moscow State University Philological Faculty and supervised by the program director. 2 credits; NE; Spring; Diane M Nemec Ignashev
RUSS 309 Moscow Program: Advanced Practicum This course aims at skill development in speaking and oral presentation as well as in limited forms of composition. It is taken in combination with Russian 307 and conducted by members of Moscow State University Philological Faculty and supervised by the program director. Prerequisite: Russian 205 and 6 credits in Russian at the 330 level. 3 credits; NE; Spring; Diane M Nemec Ignashev
RUSS 337 Russian Kitchen Culture A companion course to Russian 237, with emphasis on helping students develop linguistic and cultural competence in the realm of food. Students in this course will explore the political context of Russian “kitchen culture,” learn how table practices reflect the Russian mindset, study the role of food in classic Russian literary texts, and compare Russian and American cooking techniques. Includes hands-on sessions on Russian food preparation. Prerequisite: Russian 205 or permission. Requires concurrent registration in Russian 237. 3 credits; HI, IS; Winter; Anna M Dotlibova
RUSS 345 Russian Cultural Idioms of the Nineteenth Century An introduction to the names, quotations and events that every Russian knows--knowledge which is essential to understanding Russian literature, history and culture of the last two centuries. We will study the works of Russian writers (Griboedov and Pushkin, Leskov and Dostoevsky), composers (Glinka, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-­Korsakov and Tchaikovsky), artists (Briullov, Ivanov, the Itinerants) and actors (Mochalov, Shchepkin) in the context of social thought and the social movements of the nineteenth century. Conducted in Russian. Prerequisite: Russian 205 or permission of the instructor. 6 credits; NE, IS; Fall; Anna M Dotlibova
RUSS 351 Chekhov A study of Chekhov's short fiction, both as an object of literary analysis and in the interpretation of critics, stage directors and filmmakers of the twentieth century. We will also examine the continuation of the Chekhovian tradition in the works of writers such as Bunin, Petrushevskaia and Pietsukh. Conducted in Russian. Prerequisite: Russian 205 or permission of the instructor. 6 credits; LA, IS; Not offered 2017-18
RUSS 395 Senior Seminar: The Cult of Stalin Drawing on materials from film, literature, architecture, and mass culture, we will examine the cult of Iosif Stalin during "the Leader's" lifetime and continuing into subsequent eras through both repudiation and periodic revivals. We will address the pagan and Christian foundations of the Stalin cult, as well as its connections with the cult of Lenin. Conducted entirely in Russian. Prerequisite: At least 6 credits at the level of Russian 330 or higher or instructor permission. 6 credits; LA, IS; Not offered 2017-18
RUSS 400 Integrative Exercise 1-6 credit; S/NC; Fall, Winter; Diane M Nemec Ignashev, Laura Goering