Russian Language and Area Studies (RUS)

Academic Catalog 2010–2011

  • Denis Crnković, Program Director
  • Thomas Emmert (History)
  • Glenn Eric Kranking (History)
  • Richard Leitch (Political Science)

The Russian Language and Area Studies major familiarizes students with the language, literature, culture, civilization, history, and economics of Russia and other eastern European nations. An understanding of this exciting and often enigmatic area of the world is best derived from a thorough study of all aspects of its compositions—from the earliest appearance of the Slavs in history to recent dynamic political and economic changes. While the main emphasis of study is on Russia and the Russian language, students are required to take classes in a variety of disciplines pertaining to this rich and culturally diverse region. Students are strongly encouraged to take part in one of the study-abroad opportunities in Russia or Eastern Europe supported by the College. Students who elect to study abroad are urged to plan their major in careful consultation with their advisers. The major culminates in the production and presentation of a scholarly paper, written in the senior year under the guidance of one of the participating faculty members.

Russian Language and Area Studies Major:

  1. RUS-101, RUS-102, RUS-201, RUS-202, RUS-251 or RUS-253, and two of the following: RUS-321, RUS-323, RUS-344.
  2. HIS-211 and HIS-212.
  3. One of the following: HIS-322, RUS-244, or one level II or level III course approved by the major adviser.
  4. One of the following: E/M-391, HIS-391, POL-391, RUS-391 or another senior capstone course approved by the program director.

Russian Studies Minor:

RUS-201, RUS-202, HIS-211, HIS-212, and one other course selected from HIS-322, RUS-244, RUS-321, RUS-323 or one other course approved by the program director.

Also see the Russian section under the department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

  • 101,102Elementary Russian I, II
  • 201, 202Intermediate Russian I, II
  • 244, 344Special Topics in Russian
  • 22119th Century Russian Literature
  • 223Russian Literature Since 1900
  • 251Conversation and Phonetics
  • 253Composition
  • 32119th Century Russian Literature
  • 323Russian Literature since 1900
  • 391Independent Study
  • HIS-211Imperial Russia
  • HIS-212Modern Russia
  • HIS-322Nationalism in the Balkans