Russian Language and Literature Curriculum

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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