Major & Minor Requirements

The Department of Russian and Slavic Studies now offers three tracks toward a BA in Russian:

  • Track 1: Traditional Language, Literature, and Culture Track, Language Intensive (30 units). For the student who may want to do graduate work in Russian and Slavic Studies and/or who is interested in achieving high competency in Russian. We are proud of the rigorous language and culture training provided by our traditional philological Russian major.
  • Track 2: Culture Intensive Track (30 units). This track is for the student who is interested in receiving a strong education in Russian and Slavic Studies but is not planning on an academic career in the field, but rather with government agencies, business, the non-profit sector. This major will be an attractive combination with other career paths.
  • Track 3: Heritage Track (30 units). This track is for the heritage-learner of Russian and offers the opportunity to acquire a meta-level of knowledge of Russian as well as a deeper understanding of Russian literature and culture. For the student who may want to do graduate work in Russian and Slavic Studies; this track will also be an attractive combination with another major.
    • These three tracks will mainly differ in the amount of Russian language required
  1. The Traditional Track is the RSSS major as it is now configured
    1. Language requirements:
      1. Completion of Russian 301a and b (3rd year)
      2. Completion of Russian 308 (Global Simulation, oral communication)
      3. Completion of Russian 415 Sec 002 – Advanced Topics: Reading
      4. Completion of two courses of Russian 415 Sec 001 – Advanced Topics: Oral Communication
    2. Hybrid Language/Literature requirements:
      1. Completion of Russian 405a (19th century Russian literature in the original)* offered only in alternating spring semesters 
      2. Completion of Russian 405b (20th century Russian literature in the original)* offered only in alternating spring semesters  
    3. Literature and Culture requirements:
      1. Completion of Russian 210 or 350 (“Utopian Visions: Promise and Reality” or “The Soviet Experiment: 20th c. Russian literature in translation”
      2. Completion of Russian 340 (“Accursed Questions”: 19th c. Russian literature in translation)
         
  2. The Culture-Intensive Track requires a minimum of two years of Russian language. This requirement will be fulfilled by completing RSSS 201a, 201b and 308 (“Global Simulation”). Required courses in culture/literature will be: RSSS 210, 340, 350. Students will also complete a minimum of 10 units in additional RSSS courses chosen from RSSS 195a, RSSS 275, RSSS 304, RSSS 315, RSSS 328, RSSS 345,RSSS 405a, RSSS 405b, RSSS 415, RSSS 445, RSSS 499 (Independent Study), *RSSS 493c (007) “Experiential Learning.” *(contact Prof. Leafgren (leafgren@email.arizona.edu concerning experiential learning internships)
     
  3. The Heritage-Learner Track requires completion of third year Russian language: RSSS 301a and 301b and 415(001). Required courses in culture/literature will be: RSSS 210 or 350, 340, 405a*, 405b* (see above "Hybrid Literature/Language requirements). Students will also complete a minimum of 9 units in additional RSSS courses chosen from RSSS 195a, RSSS 275, RSSS 315, RSSS 328, RSSS 345, RSSS 415(001) and (002): “Advanced Topics”, RSSS 445,  RSSS 493c (007) “Experiential Learning,” RSSS 499 (Independent Study).

Contact departmental undergraduate advisor:

Mrs. Suzanne Thompson (seanes@email.arizona.edu) 621-9005

Russian Major Requirements - Traditional Track (30 Units):

 

Course:

Description:

Units:

First Year:

RSSS 101A*

Elementary Russian

4.0

 

RSSS 101B*

Elementary Russian

4.0

 

 

 

 

Second Year:

RSSS 201A*

Intermediate Russian

4.0

 

RSSS 201B*

Intermediate Russian

4.0

At least one of:

RSSS 210

Utopian Vision: Promise & Reality

3.0

 

RSSS 350

The Soviet Experiment

3.0

 

 

 

 

Third Year:

RSSS 301A and 301B

Advanced Composition & Grammar

6.0

 

RSSS 308

Communicating in Cultural Context

3.0

 

RSSS 340

Russian Writers & Society

3.0

 

RSSS 405A/B
offered Spring only

Survey of Russian Literature

3.0

 

RSSS 415

Advanced Topics: Reading Russian Text

3.0

 

 

 

 

 

     

Fourth Year:

RSSS 405A/B
offered Spring only

Survey of Russian Literature

3.0

 

RSSS 415

Advanced Topics: Conversation

3.0

 

RSSS 415

Advanced Topics: Conversation

3.0

*  Does not count towards major requirements

 

Russian Minor (20 units):

Suggested Russian Minor:

 

Course:

Description:

Units:

Concentration in Grammar/Reading

RSSS 201A-B

Intermediate Russian

8.0

 

RSSS 301A-B

Advanced Composition & Grammar

6.0

 

RSSS 415

Advanced Topics:  Reading Russian Text

3.0

 

RSSS405A or B

Survey of Russian Literature

3.0

 

 

 

 

Concentration in Reading/Conversation RSSS 201A-B Intermediate Russian 8.0
  RSSS 301A-B Advanced Composition and Grammar 6.0
  RSSS 308 Communicating in Cultural Context 3.0
  RSSS 415 Advanced Topics:  Oral Communication 3.0

 

Updated 8/14