UNIVERSITY CATALOG: 2020-2021

Program: Minor in Russian Studies

Program Description

The Russian Studies minor is available to students in all majors. With 20 units in Russian grammar, conversation, civilization and history, the minor provides a well-rounded, holistic study of the Russian language and culture. The Russian Studies minor is an ideal complement to any field in which knowledge of the Russian language and culture enriches academic depth and expands career options: some such fields are business, economics, journalism, linguistics, music, engineering, history and political science.

Program Requirements

1. Lower Division Required Courses (11 units)

Any 3-6 units may be used for GE Comparative Cultural Studies.

RUSS 101 Elementary Russian I (4)
RUSS 102 Elementary Russian II (4)

Choose one of the following:

These 200-level courses should be taken after consultation with an advisor.

RUSS 200 Beginning Russian Conversation (3)
RUSS 201 Intermediate Russian (3)
RUSS 202 Intermediate Russian Reading (3)

2. Upper Division Required Courses (9 units)

Choose three courses in one of the tracks. Courses from both tracks can be combined. These courses should be taken after consultation with an advisor.

1. Russian Language Track

Courses are taught in Russian or English.

RUSS 310 Composition and Conversation I (3)
RUSS 407 Russian for Business, Travel, and Recreation (3)
RUSS 495A-Z Selected Topics in Russian Literature and Culture (3-3)
RUSS 496A-Z Experimental Topics in Russian Literature (3)

2. Russian Culture Track

Courses are taught in English.

FLIT 380 Cultural Development of Modern Russia and Eastern Europe (3)
FLIT 485 Masterpieces of Russian Literature (3)
HIST 449 Russia to 1917 (3)
HIST 450 Russia Since 1917 (3)
RUSS 380 Russian Civilization (3)
RUSS 390 Russian Folklore: Slavic Myths and Traditions (3)
RUSS 495A-Z Selected Topics in Russian Literature and Culture (3-3)
RUSS 496A-Z Experimental Topics in Russian Literature (3)

Total Units in the Minor: 20

Contact

Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures
Chair: Adrian Perez-Boluda
Sierra Tower (ST) 405
(818) 677-3467

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  1. Demonstrate intermediate competency in Russian speaking and listening, and writing and reading.
  2. Be able to describe recurring features in Russian works from a particular literary period and propose and discuss analyses of representative texts.
  3. Be able to discuss salient features and institutions of contemporary Russian society and their historical underpinnings.