Major and Minor Requirements

Plan A Majors are required to have ten credits in Russian beyond Russian 101. The following courses are required: Russian 201, 202, 221, 222; one course from the advanced cycle (301, 302, 303, 304); two literature and culture courses in translation (254, 258, 282, 284, 285, 286, 287, 288, 357); and Russian 401.

In addition to the ten courses taken in the department, Plan A majors are required to take two "cognate courses," courses from outside the department that relate to Russian. Credit acquired through the "Language across the Curriculum" program may also be applied to the cognate requirement. Both cognates should be selected in consultation with the student's advisor. Students are required to complete a project that synthesizes aspects of courses taken for the major and its cognates; this project must be undertaken in Russian 401, taken during the senior year.
 
Plan B Majors whose primary concentration is Russian are required to have seven courses in Russian beyond Russian 101. The following courses are required: Russian 201, 202, 221, 222; one course from the fourth-year Russian cycle (301, 302, 303, 304); one literature and culture course in translation (254, 258, 282, 284, 285, 286, 287, 288, 357); and Russian 401.
 
Plan B Majors whose secondary concentration is Russian are required to have five courses in Russian beyond Russian 102. The following courses are required: Russian 201, 202, 221, 222; and one advanced literature and culture course, either in Russian or in translation (254, 258, 282, 284, 285, 286, 287, 288, 301, 302, 303, 304, 357).
 
In addition, Plan B majors are required to take two "cognate courses", courses from outside the department that deal with Russia or with the culture of the other language that comprises the student's Plan B major. (Students should consult their advisors about the two cognate courses.) Students with a Plan B major are required to write a paper integrating three fields: the primary language field, the secondary language field, and some aspect of the cognate field(s). This paper must be completed in one of the primary language upper-level courses and may not be undertaken until at least one of the cognate courses has been completed.
 
All Russian majors (Plan A and Plan B, both categories) are required to pass the department's Russian language proficiency examination.
 
Language Concentration ("Minor") in Russian allows students who are not majoring in Russian to acquire language proficiency and a working knowledge of Russian culture. The requirements for a Russian language concentration are:

  • Six courses in the Russian language;

  • A passing grade on the department's Russian proficiency examination;

  • Completion of one "Language across the Curriculum" unit in Russian. (In cases where "Russian across the Curriculum" is not possible, students will write an integrating paper related to one of their six courses: such students will enroll for a half credit of Russian 399.)

No more than two transfer credits may be applied to the Language Concentration in Russian. No course taken under the Language and Culture rubric may be counted toward the Language Concentration in Russian.