Curriculum Overview 

The Russian program is designed to provide students with linguistic and intellectual tools for a deep understanding of the country’s literature, language and culture. It offers minors in language and literature in Russian studies and courses for liberal arts education, thus serving students with specializations in many academic areas.

Minors in the Department of Russian have studied abroad in the following programs in recent years: University of Arizona programs in Moscow and St. Petersburg; Middlebury College programs in Moscow and Yaroslavl; School of Russian and Asian Studies; Smolny-Bard program in St. Petersburg, as well as different programs tailored to combine Russian minor with the student’s major field of study (such as O’Neill Theater Program in Moscow, or Math University in Moscow). See the International Programs section of the Catalog for further information.

The department offers two minor programs.

A minor in Russian Language and Literature consists of six courses: RUS 101, 102, 201 and 202; and two other courses chosen from among RUS 214, 217, 301 and 302. Interested students should contact the chair of the program.

A minor in Russian Studies consists of six courses: RUS 102, 201, 202; one course from RUS 214 or RUS 217; one course from and HIS 225 or HIS 226; and one topics seminar on Russian culture from the RUS 270 – 279 series. Both courses in Russian literature and both in Russian history are strongly suggested for broadening the minors’ perspective on Russian culture. Appropriate substitutions may be approved by the program chair. 

Courses Offered in English

A list of regularly offered courses follows. Please note the key for the following abbreviations: (A) Arts; (H) Humanities; (S) Social Sciences; (N) Natural Sciences with Laboratory; (LS) Language Studies requirement; (NSP) Natural Science in Perspective; (NW) Non-Western Cultures requirement. 

All readings, lectures and discussions in these courses are in English (except for those who wish to read in Russian). There are no prerequisites.

Courses Offered in Russian 
Topics Courses Expected to be Offered in 2014-2015 
  • Business in Russia.
  • Nabakov: Russian and American Years.