Major Requirements

Requirements for the Russian Major

63 credits total, including the following:

  • Russian 205 and 207 or 307

12 credits of survey courses in English chosen from the following:

  • Russian 150: Contemporary Russian Culture and Society
  • Russian 268: Russian Fiction of the Soviet Era
  • Russian 244: The Novel to 1917
  • Russian 255: Russian Cinema

18 credits numbered 330 or above, six of which will normally be Russian 395: The Senior Seminar

Integrative exercise (aka "Comps")

Up to six credits in Russian 301

Remaining credits may be chosen in consultation with the advisor from departmental offerings, study abroad, appropriate methodology courses, related courses in other departments. Students planning to do comops focusing on a particular area of Russian studies (e.g., literature, economics, history) normally take a critical methods course in that discipline, in addition to other courses. Of particular interest:

  • CAMS 210-211-212: History of Film
  • English 244-245: Shakespeare
  • English 295: Critical Methods
  • English 395: Nabokov (this is a senior seminar)
  • History 202: Icons, Iconoclasm, and the Quest for the Holy in Byzantium and Its Neighbors
  • History 240: Russia to 1917
  • History 241: Russia since 1917
  • History 341: The Russian Revolution: A Centenary Perspective (offered Fall 2017)
  • Literary and Cultural Studies 245: Introduction to Critical Methods
  • Economics 231: Soviet and Post-Soviet Economics
  • Political Science 120: Democracy and Dictatorship
  • Political Science 170: International Relations and World Politics
  • Political Science 348: Strangers, Foreigners, and Exiles
  • SOAN 330: Sociological Thought and Theory

As you plan your schedule, keep in mind that many courses are offered only once every 2, 3 or even 4 years. Survey courses in the Russian Department are offered only one per year, so it is best to start early and plan ahead.

Tips for majors:

  • Think of each course you take as a building block in your major.
  • Take careful notes on the readings and in class. At the end of each term, review and organize your notes to ensure that they are in a form that will be of use to you later in your career.
  • Get in the habit of thinking through connections between the materials presented in various courses.
  • Learn key dates early on so that you can start building a framework for your understanding of Russian cultural history.
  • Talk to your advisor not only about courses and requirements, but about intellectual questions.

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