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Undergraduate Catalog 2012-13


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Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences


Interdisciplinary Programs


Russian Studies

Elena Konstantinovna Murenina, Director, 313 Austin Building

The Russian studies minor is an interdisciplinary program offered through the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences. The minor requires a minimum of 24 s.h. and is designed to provide students with a comprehensive knowledge of Russia from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Students pursuing the interdisciplinary Russian studies minor are strongly encouraged to study Russian language, as well as to take advantage of study abroad opportunities.

The interdisciplinary program includes an introductory course and senior level seminar in Russian studies. In addition, the Russian studies program offers lectures and seminars on literature, culture, film, history, political science, and economics. Other appropriate courses in humanities, social science, and fine arts with Russian studies content may be counted towards the minor in consultation with the program director. It is recommended that BA students take Russian language to satisfy their foreign language requirements. No more than 6 s.h. of course work in the student’s major field of study will be accepted for credit toward the minor. The student’s minor program must be approved by the Russian studies minor director.

A concentration in Russian studies is available through the BA/BS in multidisciplinary studies. Interested students should contact the director of Russian studies.

  1. Core - 6 s.h.
    One of the following introductory courses (3 s.h.) is required:
    RUSI 2001. Introduction to Russian Studies: Humanities (3) (FC:HU) or RUSI 2002. Introduction to Russian Studies: Social Science (3) (FC:SO) or RUSI 2003. Introduction to Russian Studies: Fine Arts (3) (FC:FA)
    The following capstone course (3 s.h.) is required:
    RUSI 4000. Senior Seminar in Russian Studies (3) (P: Consent of instructor or RUSI program director)
  2. Electives - 18 s.h.
    Choose 9 s.h. from each of the two areas below in consultation with the Director. Note that one of the three HIST 3551, 3552, 3553 courses (3 s.h.) is required for fulfillment of the social science elective course sequence.
    Humanities:
    RUSS 2120. Introduction to Russian Culture (3) (FC:HU)
    RUSS 2700. Special Topics in Russian Studies (3)
    RUSS 3220. Nineteenth Century Russian Literature in Translation (3) (FC:HU) (P: RUSS 2120 or permission of instructor)
    RUSS 3221. Twentieth Century Russian Literature in Translation (3) (FC:HU) (P: RUSS 2120 or permission of instructor)
    RUSS 3230. Russian and Soviet Film (3) (FC:HU) (P: RUSS 2120 or permission of instructor)
    RUSS 3700. Special Topics in Russian Studies (3) (P: RUSS 2120 or 3220 or 3221 or permission of instructor)
    Social Science:
    ECON 3365. Russian Economic Transition (3) (P: ECON 2113, 2133)
    HIST 3551. Medieval Russia, 862-1682 (3)
    HIST 3552. Imperial Russia, 1682-1917 (3)
    HIST 3553. Soviet Russia, 1917-1991 (3)
    POLS 3235. East European Political Systems (3) (FC:SO)
    POLS 3236. Russian Politics (3) (FC:SO)
    A maximum of two of the following courses (6 s.h.) can be counted towards the minor electives; however, the Director must approve the course substitution.
    RUSI 3011, 3012. Field Study in Russia (3,6) (P: RUSS 1004 or consent of the director)
    RUSI 3500. Selected Topics in Russian Studies (3) (P: Consent of instructor)
    RUSI 3931,3932,3933. Directed Readings in Russian Studies (1,2,3) (P: Consent of instructor)
    Other appropriate courses in humanities, social science, and fine arts may be substituted in consultation with RUSI program director.