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Russian Minor

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College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2021
  • Required credits in this minor: 16 to 26
Russian is the native language of some 150 million citizens of the Russian Federal Republic and of a very large population of emigres in other countries around the world, including the United States. Russian minors study the spoken language as well as the literature and culture of Russia. The wealth of the Russian cultural heritage in literature, visual art, theater, opera, instrumental music, and ballet is enormous. Russian minors have the opportunity to use their language skills and cultural awareness in a broad variety of settings in both Russia and the United States. Students go on to work in business as financial and policy analysts for American and Russian companies. They work for non-governmental organizations, for publishing houses, for the print and broadcast media. They teach in Russian schools, and are employed in fields such as marketing, advertising, aerospace, and computer engineering.
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 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 - 2 course(s) totaling 0 - 10 credit(s) from the following:
· RUSS 1101 - Beginning Russian I (5.0 cr)
· RUSS 1102 - Beginning Russian II (5.0 cr)
Minor 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.
At least 3 upper-division credits in the minor must be taken at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. In the Russian minor, this does not include learning abroad courses taken for resident credit. Students may earn a BA or a minor in Russian, but not both.
Intermediate Russian
Take exactly 2 course(s) totaling exactly 10 credit(s) from the following:
· RUSS 3001 - Intermediate Russian I (5.0 cr)
· RUSS 3002 - Intermediate Russian II (5.0 cr)
Electives
Directed studies courses RUSS 3993 and RUSS 5993 may not count toward this requirement.
Take 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· RUSS 3101 - Advanced Russian I (4.0 cr)
· RUSS 3102 - Advanced Russian II (4.0 cr)
· RUSS 3105 - Russian Poetry and Prose (3.0 cr)
· RUSS 3512 - Russian Art and Culture [AH, GP] (3.0 cr)
· RUSS 3900 - Topics in Russian Language, Literature, and Culture (1.0-4.0 cr)
· RUSS 5900 - Topics in Russian Language, Literature, and Culture (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 3411 - Dostoevsky in Translation [LITR, GP] (3.0 cr)
or RUSS 5411 - Dostoevsky in Translation [LITR, GP] (3.0 cr)
· RUSS 3421 - Literature: Middle Ages to Dostoevsky in Translation [LITR] (3.0 cr)
or RUSS 5421 - Literature: Middle Ages to Dostoevsky in Translation [LITR] (3.0 cr)
· RUSS 3422 - Literature: Tolstoy to the Present in Translation [LITR] (3.0 cr)
or RUSS 5422 - Literature: Tolstoy to the Present in Translation [LITR] (3.0 cr)
· RUSS 3604 - Russia At The Movies: A Survey Of The History Of Russian Cinema [AH] (3.0 cr)
or RUSS 5604 - Russia At The Movies: A Survey Of The History Of Russian Cinema [AH] (3.0 cr)
 
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RUSS 1101 - Beginning Russian I
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 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: 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: 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: 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: Russ 3101/Russ 4111
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: Russ 3102/Russ 4112
Typically offered: Every Spring
Advanced grammar, conversation, composition, reading. prereq: 3101 or 4111 or instr consent
RUSS 3105 - Russian Poetry and Prose
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Appreciation of literary values through stylistic analysis and literary interpretation; analysis of humanistic elements. Readings in Russian. prereq: Russ 3102 or concurrent enrollment in Russ 3102 or permission
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 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 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 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 (LITR, GP)
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 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 5421 - 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 5422 - 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 3604 - Russia At The Movies: A Survey Of The History Of Russian Cinema (AH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Russ 3604/Russ 5604
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course is designed to provide a chronological overview of major developments, trends, experiments, searches, traditions, and conventions of Russian cinematic art examined in the context of the historical and cultural background of the 20th and early 21st centuries. The history of cinema is intrinsically connected to political, historical, cultural and social developments.For each epoch of development we will first outline the historical and cultural context before investigating the major films and themes of the period. We will elaborate on those films that have made an important contribution to cinematic or cultural history, both in Russia and the world. RUSS 3604/5604 meets the Liberal Education core requirement in Arts and Humanities. Through a close study of film we learn about how this art medium reflects and expresses human experience and engages us through the exploration of the formal and aesthetic dimensions of film, as well as the study of cultural, social, and historical background in which it is deeply steeped.
RUSS 5604 - Russia At The Movies: A Survey Of The History Of Russian Cinema (AH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Russ 3604/Russ 5604
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course is designed to provide a chronological overview of major developments, trends, experiments, searches, traditions, and conventions of Russian cinematic art examined in the context of the historical and cultural background of the 20th and early 21st centuries. The history of cinema is intrinsically connected to political, historical, cultural and social developments.For each epoch of development we will first outline the historical and cultural context before investigating the major films and themes of the period. We will elaborate on those films that have made an important contribution to cinematic or cultural history, both in Russia and the world. RUSS 3604/5604 meets the Liberal Education core requirement in Arts and Humanities. Through a close study of film we learn about how this art medium reflects and expresses human experience and engages us through the exploration of the formal and aesthetic dimensions of film, as well as the study of cultural, social, and historical background in which it is deeply steeped.