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Russian B.A.

Slavic Languages & Literatures
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2017
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 32 to 52
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Russian is the native language of some 150 million citizens of the Russian Federal Republic. It is one of the five official languages of the UN, and ranks with English, Chinese, Hindi, Urdu, and Spanish as a major world language. Russian remains the unofficial lingua franca of the former Soviet republics, an indispensable communications tool across all of the Caucasus and Central Asia. Russian is a major language for scientific publication, and it is an increasingly important language for business and trade as Russian institutions, both public and private, integrate with their European and American counterparts. Besides a thorough grounding in the Russian language, students in the Russian major become conversant with the enormous wealth of Russian cultural heritage in literature, visual art, theater, and music. In particular, Russia has produced one of the world's most vibrant and exciting literary traditions--including the works of poets like Pushkin, Lermontov, Blok, and Akhmatova, and writers like Gogol, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and Chekhov. Despite the upheavals caused by the fall of communism, Russian literary culture remains vibrant today, and only a fraction of this fascinating contemporary work is available in translation. Further information on the value of a Russian major can be found at http://modules.russnet.org/why/.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Beginning and Intermediate Russian
These courses, or equivalent, must be taken in sequential order. In select cases, students with advanced proficiency may be exempt from taking some or all of these courses. See the departmental advisor for more information.
Take 0 - 4 course(s) totaling 0 - 20 credit(s) from the following:
· RUSS 1101 - Beginning Russian I (5.0 cr)
· RUSS 1102 - Beginning Russian II (5.0 cr)
· RUSS 3001 - Intermediate Russian I (5.0 cr)
· RUSS 3002 - Intermediate Russian II (5.0 cr)
General Requirements
All students in baccalaureate degree programs are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major, minor or certificate in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major, minor or certificate (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
Students are required to complete 4 semester(s) of Russian. with a grade of C-, or better, or S, or demonstrate proficiency in the language(s) as defined by the department or college.
CLA BA degrees require 4 semesters or the equivalent of a second language. CLA BA degrees require 18 upper-division (3xxx-level or higher) credits outside the major designator. These credits must be taken in designators different from the major designator and cannot include courses that are cross-listed with the major designator. The major designator for the Russian BA is RUSS. The Russian major consists of a minimum of 32 upper division (3xxx and 5xxx) credits, of which 17 credits must be taken at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus. At least one upper division course in the major (RUSS 3xxx-5xxx) must be writing intensive. All major coursework must be taken A-F. Students may earn a BA or a minor in Russian, but not both. The major program must be approved by the director of undergraduate studies. All incoming CLA freshmen must complete the First Year Experience course sequence.
Advanced Language Courses
Take the following 2 courses for a total of 8 credits.
RUSS 3101 - Advanced Russian I (4.0 cr)
RUSS 3102 - Advanced Russian II (4.0 cr)
Major Courses
Take the following 3 courses for a total of 9 credits.
RUSS 3421 - Literature: Middle Ages to Dostoevsky in Translation [LITR] (3.0 cr)
RUSS 3422 - Literature: Tolstoy to the Present in Translation [LITR] (3.0 cr)
RUSS 3512 - Russian Art and Culture [AH, GP] (3.0 cr)
Electives
Take 4 or more course(s) totaling 12 or more credit(s) from the following:
· RUSS 3900 - Topics in Russian Language, Literature, and Culture (1.0-4.0 cr)
· RUSS 3993 - Directed Studies (1.0-4.0 cr)
· RUSS 5900 - Topics in Russian Language, Literature, and Culture (1.0-4.0 cr)
· RUSS 5993 - Directed Studies (1.0-4.0 cr)
· RUSS 3404 - Tolstoy in Translation [LITR, GP] (3.0 cr)
or RUSS 5404 - Tolstoy in Translation [LITR, GP] (3.0 cr)
· RUSS 3407 - Stories and Plays of Anton Chekhov in Translation (3.0 cr)
or RUSS 5407 - Stories and Plays of Anton Chekhov in Translation (3.0 cr)
· RUSS 3411 - Dostoevsky in Translation [LITR, GP] (3.0 cr)
or RUSS 5411 - Dostoevsky in Translation (3.0 cr)
Major Project
Take 1 of the following courses for 3 credits.
RUSS 3311W - Russian Major Project [WI] (3.0 cr)
or RUSS 3311V - Honors Major Project in Russian [WI] (3.0-4.0 cr)
Upper Division Writing Intensive within the major
Students are required to take one upper division writing intensive course within the major. If that requirement has not been satisfied within the core major requirements, students must choose one course from the following list. Some of these courses may also fulfill other major requirements.
Take 0 - 1 course(s) from the following:
· RUSS 3311W - Russian Major Project [WI] (3.0 cr)
· RUSS 3311V - Honors Major Project in Russian [WI] (3.0-4.0 cr)
 
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RUSS 1101 - Beginning Russian I
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01547 - Russ 1101/Russ 4101
Typically offered: Every Fall
Listening, speaking, reading, writing.
RUSS 1102 - Beginning Russian II
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01548 - Russ 1102/Russ 4102
Typically offered: Every Spring
Listening, speaking, reading, writing. prereq: 1101 or equiv
RUSS 3001 - Intermediate Russian I
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01549 - Russ 3001/Russ 4103
Typically offered: Every Fall
Conversation, composition, grammar review, translation, readings in literature. prereq: 1102 or instr consent
RUSS 3002 - Intermediate Russian II
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01550 - Russ 3002/Russ 4104
Typically offered: Every Spring
Expansion of experience in speaking, reading, and understanding Russian. Reading contemporary texts. prereq: 3001 or instr consent
RUSS 3101 - Advanced Russian I
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02075
Typically offered: Every Fall
Advanced grammar, conversation, composition, reading. prereq: 3002 or 4104 or instr consent
RUSS 3102 - Advanced Russian II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02076
Typically offered: Every Spring
Advanced grammar, conversation, composition, reading. prereq: 3101 or 4111 or instr consent
RUSS 3421 - Literature: Middle Ages to Dostoevsky in Translation (LITR)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Russ 3421/5421
Typically offered: Every Fall
Russian literature from about 1000 A.D. to mid-19th century; emphasizing writers of the first half of the 19th century.
RUSS 3422 - Literature: Tolstoy to the Present in Translation (LITR)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Russ 3422/5422
Typically offered: Every Spring
Survey of Russian literature from mid-19th century to the present: realism, modernism, feminism and other trends.
RUSS 3512 - Russian Art and Culture (AH, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Major trends in Russian visual arts in context of social, political, and ideological questions.
RUSS 3900 - Topics in Russian Language, Literature, and Culture
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 16.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Variable topics in Russian language, literature, and culture. Consult department for details. prereq: 1102 for language topics
RUSS 3993 - Directed Studies
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 16.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Guided individual study. Prereq instr consent, dept consent, college consent.
RUSS 5900 - Topics in Russian Language, Literature, and Culture
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Variable topics in Russian language, literature, and culture. prereq: 1102 for language topics
RUSS 5993 - Directed Studies
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 16.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Guided individual study. Prereq instr consent, dept consent, college consent.
RUSS 3404 - Tolstoy in Translation (LITR, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Russ 3404/5404
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Novels, stories, and philosophical writings of Leo Tolstoy.
RUSS 5404 - Tolstoy in Translation (LITR, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Russ 3404/5404
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Novels, stories, and philosophical writings of Leo Tolstoy.
RUSS 3407 - Stories and Plays of Anton Chekhov in Translation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Russ 3407/5407
Typically offered: Every Spring
Study of literary devices and themes in selected stories and major plays using the intrinsic approach.
RUSS 5407 - Stories and Plays of Anton Chekhov in Translation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Russ 3407/5407
Typically offered: Every Spring
Study of literary devices and themes in selected stories and major plays using the intrinsic approach.
RUSS 3411 - Dostoevsky in Translation (LITR, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Russ 3411/5411
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Novels, stories, and miscellaneous writings of Fyodor Dostoevsky.
RUSS 5411 - Dostoevsky in Translation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Russ 3411/5411
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Novels, stories, and other writings of Fyodor Dostoevsky.
RUSS 3311W - Russian Major Project (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00267 - Russ 3311H/3311/3312
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Directed research and writing in student's chosen field. prereq: Advanced Russian major
RUSS 3311V - Honors Major Project in Russian (WI)
Credits: 3.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00267 - Russ 3311H/3311/3312
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Directed research/writing in student's chosen field. prereq: Advanced Russian major
RUSS 3311W - Russian Major Project (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00267 - Russ 3311H/3311/3312
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Directed research and writing in student's chosen field. prereq: Advanced Russian major
RUSS 3311V - Honors Major Project in Russian (WI)
Credits: 3.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00267 - Russ 3311H/3311/3312
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Directed research/writing in student's chosen field. prereq: Advanced Russian major