Russian Studies Program
Department Information

Russian Studies Program

Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Yvonne Howell, section coordinator
Professor Howell
Associate Professor Troncale
Affiliated Faculty: David Brandenberger (History), Jeffrey Hass (Sociology)

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).

9 courses including

Two 300- or 400-level courses in Russian
Seven courses chosen from the list below (Note: CLAC in Russian is required for four of the courses taken in English. No more than one unit of CLAC may be counted towards the 35 units required for the degree.)

HIST 236 Russian Empire, USSR and After
HIST 246 Russian Revolution
LLC 232 Russian Painting: 19th Century
LLC 233 Russian Painting: 20th Century
LLC 260 Literature and Social Change in Eastern Europe
LLC 321 Introduction to 19th-Century Russian Literature
LLC 322 Introduction to 20th-Century Russian Literature
LLC 335 Bombs, Bolsheviks, Ballet: Soviet Culture and Civilization
LLC 497 Selected Topics (with approval of Russian studies major advisors)
Elective in Russian at the 300 level or above
Up to three area-related courses selected from other departments (e.g., art history, political science, sociology, etc) can be substituted for courses in the above list with advance consultation and permission of Russian studies major advisor.
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).

5 courses including

At least two 300- or 400- level courses in Russian

Up to three courses chosen from the list below (Note: CLAC in Russian is required for four of the courses taken in English. No more than one unit of CLAC may be counted towards the 35 units required for the degree.)

HIST 236 Russian Empire, USSR and After
HIST 246 Russian Revolution
LLC 232 Russian Painting: 19th Century
LLC 233 Russian Painting: 20th Century
LLC 260 Literature and Social Change in Eastern Europe
LLC 321 Introduction to 19th-Century Russian Literature
LLC 322 Introduction to 20th-Century Russian Literature
LLC 335 Bombs, Bolsheviks, Ballet: Soviet Culture and Civilization
LLC 497 Selected Topics (with approval of Russian studies major advisors)
Elective in Russian at the 300 level or above
Up to three area-related courses selected from other departments (e.g., art history, political science, sociology, etc) can be substituted for courses in the above list with advance consultation and permission of Russian studies major advisor.
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.

Residency

The Residency Requirement

For all Russian majors, at least 5 of the 9 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.
Courses
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 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.