Russian courses

RUSS 1010 Elementary Russian I
Elementary Russian I
Introduction to Russian grammar. Development of basic language skills, with particular emphasis on the active use of present-day Russian. For students with little or no knowledge of Russian. Meets four times a week.
credit hours: 4

RUSS 1020 Elementary Russian II
Elementary Russian II
Continuation of the development of introductory language skills. Practice in reading, speaking, writing and understanding.
Pre-requistites: RUSS 1010 or equivalent.
credit hours: 4

RUSS 2030 Intermediate Russian
Intermediate Russian
Advancement of all language skills, including aural-oral, writing, and communicative fluency. Reading of literary texts.
Pre-requistites: RUSS 1020 or equivalent.
credit hours: 4

RUSS 2040 Advanced Conversation and Composition
Advanced Conversation and Composition
This course is a continuation of second-year Russian. Discussion of and essays on subjects related to Russian history, culture, and contemporary life. Advancement of all language skills.
Pre-requistites: RUSS 2030 or 12 credits of Russian or approval of instructor.
credit hours: 4

RUSS 3030 Masterpieces of Russian Literature I
Masterpieces of Russian Literature I
Selected readings from among the most outstanding works of Russian literature from its beginnings through the 19th century. Advancement of all language skills through study and analysis of literary texts.
Pre-requistites: RUSS 2040 or equivalent.
credit hours: 3

RUSS 3040 Masterpieces of Russian Literature II
Masterpieces of Russian Literature II
Selected readings from the most outstanding works of 20th-century Russian literature. Advancement of all language skills through study and analysis of literary texts.
Pre-requistites: RUSS 2040 or equivalent.
credit hours: 3

RUSS 3250 Advanced Russian Grammar
Advanced Russian Grammar
Phonemic, grammatical, and syntactical patterns of standard literary Russian. Practice in composition and vocabulary building.
Pre-requistites: Approval of instructor.
credit hours: 3

RUSS 3330 Oral Discussion in Russian
Oral Discussion in Russian
Discussion of topics from contemporary Russian politics and history. Students learn syntax and vocabulary aimed at building discourse competence. Hypothesization, narration, questioning, contradicting, speaking in paragraphs. Reading, listening, speaking.
Pre-requistites: RUSS 2040 or equivalent.
credit hours: 3

RUSS 3450 Tolstoy and Dostoevsky in English Translation
Tolstoy and Dostoevsky in English Translation
Readings and discussions of the major novels. Comparative study of literary method, theme and structure, modern critical approaches. No knowledge of Russian required. May be counted toward major.
credit hours: 3

RUSS 3480 Nabokov
Nabokov
credit hours: 3

RUSS 3530 Survey of Russian Art
Survey of Russian Art
An introduction to the art and architecture of Russia, from the 12th century to the present. The first part of the course deals with the medieval period (church architecture, icons, frescoes). The second part begins with the assimilation of western European styles during the 17th century, and concludes with a survey of current developments in Russia. No knowledge of Russian required.
credit hours: 3

RUSS 3700 Russian Poetry
Russian Poetry
Readings in Russian poetry, including Pushkin, Lermontov, Tyutchev, and the symbolists. Lectures, discussions, and compositions in Russian.
Pre-requistites: RUSS 2040.
credit hours: 3

RUSS 3750 Jewish Identity in Modern Literature
Jewish Identity in Modern Literature
In this course we will examine novels, short stories, essays, and other literary works by European Jewish authors and study their literary, cultural and political context. We trace the development of literary forms that provide the basis for a modern Jewish self-consciousness and a sense of cultural identity. We compare the concepts of community and individualism, religious reform, and cultural notions of identity in the writings of authors from Eastern European and Western Europe. We also examine the differences of Jews in Europe in the period before the Holocaust.
credit hours: 3

RUSS 4810 Special Topics
Special Topics
credit hours: 3

RUSS 4820 Special Topics
Special Topics
credit hours: 3

RUSS 6070 Slavic Contributions to Linguistics
Slavic Contributions to Linguistics
Lectures, readings and discussions, in English, of the Prague and Moscow schools of linguistics. Markedness theory, child language, discourse theory, formalist criticism, pragmatics and related topics. Open to juniors, seniors and graduate students in linguistics, literary theory, and allied disciplines.
Notes: May be counted toward the major with departmental approval. Includes a unit on the structure of German. May be counted toward a German Cultural Studies major.
credit hours: 3

RUSS H4910 Independent Studies
Independent Studies
An independent research project in any advanced area of Russian language, literature or culture. Open to superior students with the approval of the department.
credit hours: 3

RUSS H4920 Independent Studies
Independent Studies
An independent research project in any advanced area of Russian language, literature or culture. Open to superior students with the approval of the department.
credit hours: 3

RUSS H4990 Honors Thesis
Honors Thesis
Approval of department and Honors Committee required.
credit hours: 3

RUSS H5000 Honors Thesis
Honors Thesis
Approval of department and Honors Committee required.
credit hours: 3