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Russian Area Studies Minor

World Languages & Cultures
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Required credits in this minor: 15 to 31
  • This program requires summer terms.
  • All courses in this program are offered through UMD. The program includes an optional UMD study abroad component offered in St. Petersburg, Russia. Courses may be taken at the College of St. Scholastica through inter-institutional cross-registration.
The Russian Area Studies Minor program prepares students for life-long engagement with the cultures of Russian-speaking countries by providing in-depth cultural training. This program complements Liberal Arts, Fine Arts, Business, Science, and Human Services degrees by offering students the linguistic skills and cultural awareness required for a wide variety of careers that deal with Russian society. Career paths that would benefit from this minor include law, public service, journalism, business, health and human services, diplomacy and academic careers in history, linguistics, cultural studies and comparative literature. This program also provides students with intercultural awareness and an in-depth understanding of the role played by Russian-speaking countries in international relations.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
1. To fulfill this minor students must complete coursework in beginning and intermediate level Russian language, as well as 15 elective credits from the list below. (Students with previous language study may be exempt from some core requirements and should consult the department about placement.) 2. Two elective courses must be taken at UMD.
Beginning Russian (0-8 cr)
The core program develops students' language skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing).
Take 0 - 8 credit(s) from the following:
· RUSS 1101 - Beginning Russian I [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
· RUSS 1102 - Beginning Russian II [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
or Abroad Experience
FORS 1110 {Inactive} [COMM & LAN] (8.0 cr)
Intermediate Russian (0-8 cr)
Students must complete one of the following options for 8 credits. The study abroad option is available during the summer for 8 credits.
Intermediate Russian Language at the College of St. Scholastica
(through inter-institutional cross-registration)
Intermediate Russian language sequence (8 cr)
or Abroad Experience
FORS 1210 {Inactive} [COMM & LAN] (8.0 cr)
Electives (15 cr)
Some elective courses may be transferred from another college or earned abroad with approval from the RAS director. At least two courses must be taken at UMD. Any RUSS 3xxx level course will apply here.
Take 15 or more credit(s) from the following:
· HIST 3265 - The Soviet Experiment: Russia, the USSR, and Contemporary Russia [LE CAT7, LEIP CAT07, GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 3264 - Russian Empire under the Tsars: Russia under the Romanovs from Peter the Great to Lenin (4.0 cr)
· RUSS 2316 - 19th Century Russian Literature in Translation: Dostoevsky, Gogol and Turgenev [LE CAT9, LEIP CAT09, HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· RUSS 3402 - 20th Cent Russian Literature in Translation: From Tumult & Utopian Vision to State and Dissident Art [HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
· RUSS 3405 - Film and New Media in Russian Society [FINE ARTS, GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
 
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RUSS 1101 - Beginning Russian I (LE CAT3, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Grammar, reading, and conversation for students with no previous knowledge of Russian. prereq: Little or no prior formal study of this language, or instructor consent
RUSS 1102 - Beginning Russian II (LE CAT3, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Grammar, reading, and conversation. prereq: 1101 or equiv or instructor consent
HIST 3265 - The Soviet Experiment: Russia, the USSR, and Contemporary Russia (LE CAT7, LEIP CAT07, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course will cover the economic, political, social and cultural changes within the Russian empire, the Soviet Union, and the Russian Federation over the course of the 20th century and into the 21st. Topics to be covered include the Russo-Japanese War, the revolutions of 1905 and 1917, Russian Civil War, Russia’s industrialization and collectivization of land, Stalinism, the Great Patriotic War, the cold War, late Soviet culture, the collapse of the Soviet Union and Russian under Yeltsin and Putin. Throughout the semester, students will be working with a variety of primary and secondary sources in different media (textual materials, visual sources, and film). Thorough written and oral assignment, student will develop their critical reading, writing and speaking skills. credit will not be granted if already received for HIS 2265 or 2365
HIST 3264 - Russian Empire under the Tsars: Russia under the Romanovs from Peter the Great to Lenin
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
The Romanov dynasty reigned in Russia for over 300 years and, despite the Romanovs' dramatic fall from power in the wake of the Revolution of 1917, was, by many criteria, one of the most successful dynasties in European history. This course will examine the economic, cultural, political and social transformations of the Russia Empire during the epoch of the Romanovs from the 17th to the early 20th centuries. We will study the accomplishments of the dominating political figures of the period, such as Peter the Great and Catherine the Great, as well as the experiences of the diverse populations who lived across the wide expanse of the empire. In doing so, we will gain insight into the causes of the downfall of the imperial regime in 1917.
RUSS 2316 - 19th Century Russian Literature in Translation: Dostoevsky, Gogol and Turgenev (LE CAT9, LEIP CAT09, HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
This course examines texts by celebrated Russian prose authors from the nineteenth century. The short stories and novels of authors such as Nikolai Gogol, Ivan Turgenev and Feodor Dostoevsky confront their readers with a set of concerns that still remain relevant today. Through close readings and literary analysis, the course will offer students an opportunity to develop their abilities as writers and critical thinkers. In writing assignments, students will develop their abilities to present extended analyses and coherent argumentative strategies, while exploring some of the most significant developments in Russian literary culture. Taught in English.
RUSS 3402 - 20th Cent Russian Literature in Translation: From Tumult & Utopian Vision to State and Dissident Art (HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
This course examines texts by celebrated Russian authors from the twentieth century, including the short stories, novels and poems of authors such as Anton Chekhov, Andrei Beli, Anna Akhmatova, Lev Gumilev, Vladimir Maiakovskii, Evengenii Zamyatin, Mikhail Bulgakov, Boris Pasternak, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, and Victor Pelevin. Through close readings and literary analysis, this course helps students develop their abilities as writers and critical thinkers, while exploring the tumultuous developments of twentieth century Russian society. Assignments give students the opportunity to engage with the historical specificity and the changing role of artistic expression in Russian culture, while also helping students develop their abilities to present extended analyses and deploy coherent argumentative strategies. Taught in English. prereq: Taught in English
RUSS 3405 - Film and New Media in Russian Society (FINE ARTS, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
This course introduces students to the transformative role that film and new media have played in Russian society, from the early beginning of film as a new art form to the dynamic role film and new media have come to play in the post-Soviet era. In this course students learn to reflect on film as an artistic medium, while also using their experiences with the films of the twentieth century to learn about the history of Russian society. Students also produce their own short films, practicing what they have learned from discussions and film analysis. Students compose screenplays and create their own films that reflect on the history of Russian film and the changing role of film as a medium in the twentieth century. Taught in English