Russian Studies Program

  • Department Information

    Russian Studies Program

    Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

    Yvonne Howell, section coordinator
    Professor Howell
    Affiliated Faculty: David Brandenberger (History), Jeffrey Hass (Sociology)
    Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian Natalie McCauley

    This section contains information specific to courses taught in Russian. Other courses relevant to the Russian Studies major/minor are listed under Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (LLC).  For full information regarding departmental policies relevant to all LLC programs, study abroad, and course sequencing, see the main page of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

  • Major

    The Russian Studies Major

    Note: The grade point average of the coursework comprising the major must be no less than 2.00 with no course grade below C- (1.7).

    Nine courses, including:

    At least four language courses, chosen from the following:

    RUSN 201 Intermediate Russian I

    RUSN 202 Intermediate Russian II

    RUSN 305 The Russian Case

    RUSN 315 Verbs for Life

    RUSN 401 Topics in Advanced Russian I

    RUSN 402 Topics in Advanced Russian II

    RUSN 420 Readings in Russian Literature

    RUSN 495 Independent Study or 497 Selected Topics

    Approved advanced language courses taken on Study Abroad

    At least two (and up to three) courses chosen from the following, with a CLAC component:

    LLC 321 Russian Literature (19th Century)

    LLC 322 Russian Literature (20-21st Century)

    LLC 335 Bombs, Bolsheviks, Ballet

    LLC 397 ST: Russian Cultural Studies

    Approved cultural studies courses taken on Study Abroad

    At least two (up to three) courses taken from the following, with a CLAC component:

    HIST 199 Stalinism

    HIST 236 Russian in Revolution,

    HIST 244 Propaganda State

    HIST 246 Russia in Revolution, 1905-1934

    HIST 249 Cold War Europe

    LLC 260 Literature and Social Change in East European Literature

    PLSC 397 ST: Soviet Politics

    The Residency Requirement

    For all Russian majors, at least five of the nine courses required for the major must be taken on the University of Richmond campus. If the student participates in a study abroad program, at least one upper-level course in the major must be taken upon return from the program.

  • Minor

    The Russian Studies Minor

    Note: The grade point average of the coursework comprising the minor must be no less than 2.00 with no course grade below C- (1.70).

    Six courses, including:

    At least three language courses, chosen from the following:

    RUSN 201 ;Intermediate Russian I

    RUSN 202 Intermediate Russian II

    RUSN 305 The Russian Case

    RUSN 315 Verbs for Life

    RUSN 401 Topics in Advanced Russian I

    RUSN 402 Topics in Advanced Russian II

    RUSN 420 Readings in Russian Literature

    RUSN 495 Independent Study or 497 Selected Topics

    Approved advanced language courses taken on Study Abroad

    One course chosen from the following, with a CLAC component:

    LLC 321 Russian Literature (19th Century)

    LLC 322 Russian Literature (20-21st Century)

    LLC 335 Bombs, Bolsheviks, Ballet

    LLC 397 ST: Russian Cultural Studies

    Approved cultural studies courses taken on Study Abroad

    One course taken from the following, with a CLAC component:

    HIST 199 Stalinism

    HIST 236 Russian in Revolution,

    HIST 244 Propaganda State

    HIST 246 Russia in Revolution, 1905-1934

    HIST 249 Cold War Europe

    LLC 260 Literature and Social Change in East European Literature

    PLSC 397 ST: Soviet Politics

    One additional course in any of the categories above.

    The Residency Requirement

    For all Russian minors, at least three of the six courses required for the minor must be taken on the University of Richmond campus. If the student participates in a study abroad program, at least one upper-level course in the minor must be taken upon return from the program.

  • Study Abroad

    Study Abroad

    Study and travel abroad are strongly encouraged for all students.

    Russian Studies majors and minors are encouraged to study for a summer, a semester or a year on an approved UR program in St. Petersburg or in other parts of Russia, Poland, or the Czech Republic.

Courses

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  • RUSN 101 Elementary Russian I

    Units: 1

    Description

    Introduction to Russian language and culture.

  • RUSN 102 Elementary Russian II

    Units: 1

    Description

    Introduction to Russian language and culture.

    Prerequisites

    RUSN 101.

  • RUSN 179 Accelerated Russian Language Abroad I

    Units: 1

    Description

    Onsite language course offered during summer study abroad in St. Petersburg. Designed to accelerate conversational and comprehension skills. For students who have completed one year of college Russian.

    Prerequisites

    RUSN 102.

  • RUSN 201 Intermediate Russian I

    Units: 1

    Description

    Active practice and reinforcement of language skills and study of culture.

    Prerequisites

    RUSN 102.

  • RUSN 202 Intermediate Russian II

    Units: 1

    Description

    Active practice and reinforcement of language skills and study of culture.

    Prerequisites

    RUSN 201.

  • RUSN 305 The Russian Case

    Units: 1

    Description

    Provides a critical introduction to key themes in Russian culture and civilization using authentic Russian language materials from popular culture, literature, media and film. Topics vary by semester, but the course material is designed to move students from low to high intermediate proficiency (ACTFL). Primary focus on rapid expansion of functional vocabulary and thorough review of case system.

    Prerequisites

    RUSN 202.

  • RUSN 312 Accelerated Russian Language Abroad

    Units: 1

    Description

    Onsite language course offered during summer study abroad in St. Petersburg. Designed to accelerate conversational and comprehension skills.

    Prerequisites

    RUSN 202.

  • RUSN 313 Russian Cultural Life

    Units: 1

    Description

    Onsite cultural studies course offered during summer study abroad in St. Petersburg. Designed as introduction to both "high" culture (museums, opera, concerts) and "everyday" culture in contemporary Russia, the course immerses students in the aesthetic and practical aspects of life in St. Petersburg, and provides a framework for reflecting upon the diversity of cultural practices.

    Prerequisites

    RUSN 202.

  • RUSN 315 Verbs for Life

    Units: 1

    Description

    Provides a critical look at the importance of literature for Russian national mythologies using authentic Russian language materials from classic and contemporary Russian literature. Authors and readings vary by semester, but the course material is designed to move students from low to high intermediate proficiency (ACTFL). Primary focus on understanding the system of prefixed verbs in Russian, as well as rapid expansion of functional vocabulary.

    Prerequisites

    RUSN 305.

  • RUSN 388 Individual Internship

    Units: .5-1

    Description

    Internship experiences outside of the department in fields related to Russian studies. No more than 1.5 units of internship in any one department and 3.5 units of internship overall may be counted toward required degree units.

    Prerequisites

    Permission of department.

  • RUSN 389 Practice Assistantship

    Units: .25

    Description

    Students lead practice sessions associated with the elementary and intermediate language sequence in Russian. The practice assistantship does not count as credit toward the major or minor. Up to one unit can be applied toward graduation credit.

    Prerequisites

    Departmental approval

  • RUSN 401 Topics in Advanced Russian I

    Units: 1

    Description

    Discussion in Russian at advanced level of selected topics and readings in Russian literature.

    Prerequisites

    Permission of instructor.

  • RUSN 402 Topics in Advanced Russian II

    Units: 1

    Description

    Discussion in Russian at advanced level of selected topics and readings in Russian literature.

    Prerequisites

    Permission of instructor.

  • RUSN 406 Summer Undergraduate Research

    Units: 0

    Description

    Documentation of the work of students who receive summer fellowships to conduct research [or produce a creative arts project] in the summer. The work must take place over a minimum of 8 weeks, the student must engage in the project full-time (at least 40 hours per week) during this period, and the student must be the recipient of a fellowship through the university. Graded S/U.

    Prerequisites

    Approval for summer Arts and Sciences fellowship by faculty mentor

  • RUSN 420 Readings in Russian Literature

    Units: 1

    Description

    Analysis and discussion of primary Russian texts. Topics vary by semester. May be repeated up to three times with different course material.

    Prerequisites

    Permission of instructor.

  • RUSN 495 Independent Study

    Units: .5-1

    Description

    Special projects individually pursued under supervision of faculty member.

    Prerequisites

    Permission of department.

  • RUSN 497 Selected Topics

    Units: 1

    Description

    Special interest topics offered at department's discretion.

    Prerequisites

    Permission of department.

  • RUSN 498 Senior Research Project I

    Units: 0

    Description

    Consultation with faculty mentor and selection of Russian studies topic for senior research project.

    Prerequisites

    Senior standing.

  • RUSN 499 Senior Research Project II

    Units: .5

    Description

    Completion and presentation of an independently researched paper on Russian studies topic.

    Prerequisites

    Senior standing.