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 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. Introductory course in Cultural Anthropology and Archaeology
  2. History of Antropological 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 PATHWAYS to complete AOC Requirements

New College students must satisfy both the requirements of the Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC), New College’s general education program, and the specific requirements for the Area of Concentration (AOC). With so many opportunities each term, the pathway below is provided as an example of how a student could complete the requirements for graduation. We’ve put some checkpoints in place so that you make the most of your time at New College. Each term you’ll meet with a faculty advisor to discuss courses, tutorials, internships, or other academic experiences. Schedule a meeting with your faculty advisor to discuss which courses satisfy the LAC and which satisfy the AOC. Each student completes a Provisional AOC Plan in the fifth contract to select an AOC, and each student submits a Thesis Prospectus/AOC Form in the sixth contract.

A Sample Four-Year Pathway for Russian Language and Literature

YearFall Term January / ISPSpring Term
Year 1Beginning Russian I ISP projectBeginning Russian II
One Content Course in Russian LiteratureOne Content Course in Russian Literature
One LAC courseOne LAC course
Elective courseElective course
Year 2Intermediate Russian I (LAC)ideally a project that helps exploring the student's interest in Russian or Slavic cultureIntermediate Russian II
One Content Course in Russian LiteratureOne Content Course in Russian Literature
One LAC courseOne LAC course
Elective courseElective course
Year 3Third-Year Russian Ian ISP project exploring thesis topicThird-Year Russian II
One Content Course in Russian LiteratureOne Content Course in Russian Literature
One LAC courseOne LAC course
Elective courseElective course
Year 4Advanced Russian Language Tutorial (optional)One special topic tutorial (optional)
One thesis tutorialOne thesis tutorial
One Content Course in Russian Literature (optional)Elective course

A Sample Two-Year Pathway for Russian Language and Literature

YearFall Term January / ISPSpring Term
Year 3Third-Year Russian IAn ISP exploring Russian / Slavic topicsThird-Year Russian II
One Content Course in Russian LiteratureOne special topic tutorial in Russian Lit or Language
One special topic tutorial in Russian Lit or LanguageOne Content Course in Russian Literature
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.Elective course
Year 4One Russian Language TutorialAn ISP related to thesis projectOne special topic tutorial in Russian Lit or Lg or One Content Course in Russian Literature (optional)
One Content Course in Russian Literature (optional)Thesis Tutorial
One thesis tutorialElective course