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Major in Russian Studies

Russian Studies major worksheet

The Russian studies major is a broad-based, interdisciplinary course of study. Students acquire a basic knowledge of Russia and the former Soviet Union through the study of Russian culture, language and literature combined with economics, history and politics.

NOTE on rotation of courses: We offer different courses to our majors during their four years of study. Russian literature and culture courses rotate on a three-year cycle; a few are on a four-year cycle.

This major consists of a minimum of 10 semester courses.

Russian language

Four semester courses selected from:
RUSS 110 Beginning Russian I
RUSS 111 Beginning Russian II
RUSS 210 Intermediate Russian I
RUSS 211 Intermediate Russian II
RUSS 240 Advanced Russian I
RUSS 241 Advanced Russian Composition and Conversation
RUSS 242 Advanced Russian Conversation and Grammar
RUSS 243 or *RUSS 343 Advanced Russian: Grammar, History, Politics

Russian literature and culture

Three semester courses selected from:
RUSS 101 Russian Folklore
RUSS 200 or RUSS 300 Russian Literature: Icons to Revolution
RUSS 201 or RUSS 301 Russian Literature: From Revolution to the Present
RUSS 203 Russian Drama
RUSS 281 Russian Arts and Culture
RUSS 282 Russian Film
RUSS 284 Women in Russian Culture
RUSS 305 Topics in Russian Literature
*RUSS 343 Advanced Russian: Grammar, History, Politics
RUSS 351 Selected Prose Writers
RUSS 352 Russian Poetry
RUSS 370 Russian for the Arts, Business and Politics

Courses in other departments

Three semester courses selected from at least two different departments. Courses include:
ECON 288 Foundations of Political Economy
HIST 215 History of Russia
POLS 249 Russian Foreign Policy
POLS 255 Russian Politics
POLS 335 National Identity in the Post-Soviet Space
POLS 345 Understanding Russian Politics and Society through the Prism of Film
POLS 379 International Security Policy

The major requires a minimum of three courses at the 300 level. These may be selected from the culture courses or from the courses in other departments. Substitutions by permission of the department. A capstone experience is required of all Wheaton students and may be accomplished through course work, research or other projects.

Major in Russian Language and Literature

Russian major worksheet

The Russian language and literature major is designed to provide students with a sound knowledge of Russian language, culture and literature. Students who choose this major often have had some prior study of Russian, or they may do summer study or a semester or junior year abroad.

NOTE on rotation of courses: We offer different courses to our majors during their four years of study, Russian literature and culture courses rotate on a three-year cycle; a few are on a four-year cycle.

The major consists of a minimum of nine semester courses.

Russian language and literature in Russian

Four semester courses, beginning at the advanced language level:
RUSS 240 Advanced Russian I
RUSS 241 Advanced Russian Composition and Conversation
RUSS 242 Advanced Russian Conversation and Grammar
RUSS 243 or *RUSS 343 Advanced Russian: Grammar, History, Politics
RUSS 351 Selected Prose Writers
RUSS 352 Russian Poetry
RUSS 370 Russian for the Arts, Business and Politics

Russian literature and culture courses in English

Four courses selected from:
RUSS 101 Russian Folklore
RUSS 200 or RUSS 300 Russian Literature: Icons to Revolution
RUSS 201 or RUSS 301 Russian Literature: From Revolution to the Present
RUSS 203 Russian Drama
RUSS 281 Russian Arts and Culture
RUSS 282 Russian Film
RUSS 284 Women in Russian Culture
RUSS 305 Topics in Russian Literature
*RUSS 343 Advanced Russian: Grammar, History, Politics

Senior seminar

RUSS 401 Senior Seminar
RUSS 402 Senior Seminar

With permission of the department, the Senior Seminar can be replaced with another equivalent capstone experience, as long as the student has taken a minimum nine courses.

The major requires a minimum of three courses at the 300 level or above. Substitutions by permission of the department. A capstone experience is required of all Wheaton students and may be accomplished through course work, research or other projects.

*RUSS 343 may not be used as both language courses and culture courses. This course may count for either a language course or a culture course.

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