Russian Language and Literature Curriculum

View the requirements for an AOC in Russian Language and Literature and see sample pathways to graduation.

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Area of Concentration Requirements

Demonstration of proficiency in the Russian language allowing the student to read and analyze texts of moderate difficulty and to discuss with relative ease topics of everyday life and experience as well as relevant areas of the student’s academic focus.

Students must also demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of at least three areas of Russian literature and literary history, normally two periods and one figure (for example, Russian Romanticism, Symbolist Poetry, and Tolstoy). Broader familiarity with other periods, including developments from the 11th to the 18th centuries, is also expected. Normally, attaining this level of expertise will require at least five semesters of language instruction and six or more courses and tutorials devoted to the study of literature and literary history.

Finally, students must complete a senior thesis, which may be:

  • A study of a broad historical problem in the development of Russian literature, or,
  • A general overview of the contribution of a single writer, or, most frequently,
  • An analysis of a particular literary text or group of related texts.

AOC REQUIREMENTS:

  1. at least five semesters of language instruction (though six or seven are recommended)
  2. six or more courses and tutorials devoted to the study of Russian literature and literary history (so, altogether, a minimum of eleven Russian language and literature courses, not counting thesis tutorials)
  3. completion of a senior thesis on the topic of Russian studies (usually Russian literature or culture)

It is also highly recommended that at least one ISP is devoted to the study of the Russian language, literature or culture.

Joint Disciplinary AOC Requirements

A minimum of seven courses in Russian language and literature, possible in the following combinations of courses:

  1. An introductory course in Cultural Anthropology and Archaeology
  2. History of Anthropological Theory
  3. Method and Theory in Archaeology
  4. Two additional courses or tutorials in anthropology, and other work relating to your goals, to be chosen in consultation with your advisor in anthropology

Sample 4 Year Pathway

 

 Fall TermJanuary ISPSpring Term
Year 1
  • Beginning Russian I
  • One Content Course in Russian Literature
  • One LAC course
  • elective course
  • ISP #1
  • Beginning Russian II
  • One Content Course in Russian Literature
  • One LAC course
  • elective course
Year 2
  • Intermediate Russian I (LAC)
  • One Content Course in Russian Literature
  • One LAC course
  • elective course
  • ISP #2 – ideally a project that helps exploring the student’s interest in Russian or Slavic culture
  • Intermediate Russian II
  • One Content Course in Russian Literature
  • One LAC course
  • elective course
Year 3
  • Third-Year Russian I
  • One Content Course in Russian Literature
  • One LAC course
  • elective course
  • ISP #3 – an ISP project exploring thesis topic
  • Third-Year Russian II
  • One Content Course in Russian Literature
  • One LAC course
  • elective course
Year 4
  • Advanced Russian Language Tutorial (optional)
  • One thesis tutorial
  • One Content Course in Russian Literature (optional)
 
  • One special topic tutorial (optional)
  • One thesis tutorial
  • elective course

 

Sample 2 Year Transfer Pathway

 Fall TermJanuary ISPSpring Term
Year 3
  • Third-Year Russian I
  • One Content Course in Russian Literature
  • One special topic tutorial in Russian Lit or Language
  • elective course
  • *this pathway is for a transfer student who comes in with 4 semesters of Russian Language (elementary and intermediate Russian) at the college level ad with two courses in Russian literature
  • an ISP exploring Russian / Slavic topics
  • Third-Year Russian II
  • One special topic tutorial in Russian Lit or Language
  • One Content Course in Russian Literature
  • elective course
Year 4
  • One Russian Language Tutorial
  • One Content Course in Russian Literature (optional)
  • One thesis tutorial
  • an ISP related to thesis project
  • One special topic tutorial in Russian Lit or Lg or One Content Course in Russian Literature (optional)
  • elective course
  • One thesis tutorial