The mission of the Dept. of Russian and Slavic Studies is to provide high-quality language, literature, and culture instruction, imparted from a humanistic perspective, that prepares students for life in an increasingly complex and international world. Faculty research in the areas of linguistics, literary study, language pedagogy, and cultural study is viewed as enhancing instruction at all levels and establishing scholarly preeminence appropriate to a student-centered Research I university.
The Department of Russian and Slavic Studies offers a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Russian. It provides instruction designed to develop competence in the Russian language, awareness of cultural traditions, and an understanding of literature and the arts. All Russian conversation courses are oriented toward developing proficiency skills as determined by nationally recognized proficiency guidelines. The basic training received by Russian majors prepares them for government service, international business careers, teaching, graduate study, and research. The Study Abroad Programs in Russia provides an opportunity for Russian language study in St. Petersburg and Moscow, and also provides an intensive business Russian program with internships in Russian and foreign firms that do business in Moscow. Information regarding these semester and summer programs may be obtained in the Russian department, Learning Services Building 305.
Within the major course offerings students have the opportunity to study both Russian language and literature. The standard Russian major consists of 30 units beyond 200-level language courses and typically consists of Russian 301a-b (advanced grammar), 308 (intermediate conversation), 210 or 350 (civilization and culture), 340 (literature in translation), 405a-b (survey of literature), and 9 units of 415(advanced conversation, developing reading skills, advanced grammar topics, etc.) The major sequence of courses is selected by the student in conference with the departmental advisor. Appropriate substitutions are made for Heritage Speakers who may not need the entire language concentration and for students who prefer an Eastern European concentration. No more than 6 units of Independent Study may apply to the major. Current requirements for the major and minor may be found here. A list of information literacy learning outcomes developed by the Slavic Studies Librarian, Michael Brewer, may be found here.
All undergraduate general education courses, and many program majors and minors, are currently under revision at the university. For this reason, we are advising students to contact us directly or consult official UA pages for a precise listing of courses required for the major and minor.
The department participates in the honors program. Prospective honors students must consult with the departmental advisor.