RUS - Russian

RUS 101 Elementary Russian I

Course Description: This course introduces students to the basic Russian language. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of the fundamental skills of understanding, speaking, reading and writing. The classroom periods are supplemented by intensive practice in the language laboratory.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall.

3 credits

RUS 102 Elementary Russian II

Prerequisite: RUS 101 or 2 years of high school Russian and the ability to read the Cyrillic Alphabet.

Course Description: A continuation of RUS 101.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall and Spring.

3 credits

Prerequisites

RUS 101 Min Grade D

RUS 154H Topics of Eastern Culture in Translation: "The Russian Soul" through film

Course Description: The course will investigate Russian culture through the most significant trends and periods in the development of Russian cinema. Screening award-winning films by major Russian directors such as Eisenstein, Tarkovskii, Mikhalkov and others will examine the impact cinema continues to have on Russian society and culture today. The presentation of films (in Russian with English subtitles) will be thematic and supplemented by a variety of texts.

3 credits

RUS 154J Topic: Saints and Fools in Russian Literature

Old Core: Lubin, CSIS or Lienhard students may use this course to meet core requirements. Education and Dyson students may use this course for Enhancement credit or Dyson overlay. This course is conducted in English.

Course Description: Strange figures have populated the Russian literature landscape from the time of Gogol, Dostoevsky and Bulgakov. The main focus of this course is on their literary creations, from the late 19th through early 20th century.

3 credits

RUS 154K Topics: Tsar, Cossacks, and the Good Soldier Svejk: Slavic Cultures

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge II or Area of Knowledge IV.

Course Description: Comparative study of Slavic cultures through the literatures of East Europe. The main focus of this course is on a variety of literary readings that will provide vastly different perspectives on the culture(s) of Slavic peoples from antiquity to the late 19th century. Taught in English.

Course Rotation: NY: Spring, odd years.

3 credits

RUS 196C St. Petersburg: Treasures of Imperial Russia

Course Descripiton:The class will meet for weekly one-hour sessions throughout the semester, including orientation sessions. The students will be introduced to the culture and literary history of St. Petersburg. Students will be required to write an 8-9 page research paper dealing with the history, culture, literature (Fedor Dostoevsky) and sights of the Imperial capital founded by Peter the Great. The itinerary will include guided tours to the Russian Museum and Famous Hermitage, St. Isaac?s Cathedral (100 kilos of gold went into the gilding of the dome), The Winter Palace and The Summer Gardens-The Emperor?s Summer Palace.

1 credits

RUS 263 Russian for Heritage Speakers

Prerequisite: The ability to speak and understand Russian at near-native fluency and the ability to write at a basic level in Russian. Not open to students who have taken RUS 101 or RUS 102. Students without any writing experience should take RUS 101 or RUS 102.

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge II.

Course Description: Intensive review of Russian grammar for heritage speakers with oral fluency and elementary writing ability. Practice in reading at an intermediate level and in oral and written expression.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall.

3 credits

RUS 281 Intermediate Russian I

Prerequisite: RUS 102 or 4 years of high school Russian. Not open to students who have completed RUS 263.

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge II.

Course Description: Intermediate language course dealing with aspects of Russian grammar and vocabulary. Special emphasis is given to the Russian verbal structure and sentence pattern.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall.

3 credits

Prerequisites

RUS 102 Min Grade D

RUS 282 Intermediate Russian II

Course Description: See course description for RUS 281. This course is a continuation of RUS 281.

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge II.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring.

3 credits

Prerequisites

RUS 263 Min Grade D or RUS 281 Min Grade D

RUS 301 Russian Composition and Conversation

Prerequisite: 6 credits of intermediate Russian or equivalent.

Course Description: A course designed to enhance practice in composition and conversation with emphasis on the writing process and the improvement of the student's oral and writing skills; development of idiomatic usage and expression. A special attention is paid to literary reading and creative writing, which will continually integrate grammatical applications and newly learned linguistic concepts. Conducted in Russian.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring.

3 credits

RUS 304 Russian Translation and Interpretation

Course Description: The main objective of the course is to familiarize the student with techniques and standard practices in translation and interpretation as particular forms of cross-cultural interaction. The course is designed to help students acquire a broad array of language skills along with knowledge about problem areas in oral and written translation from English into Russian and vice versa. A special attention will be paid to the development of idiomatic usage and expression, with an emphasis on differences in grammar and vocabulary of the two languages. Conducted in Russian.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall, even years.

3 credits

Prerequisites

RUS 281 Min Grade D and RUS 282 Min Grade D

RUS 305 Russian for Professional Communication

Prerequisite: 6 credits of intermediate Russian or permission of Instructor.

Course Description: A course designed to develop the skills of professional communication in Russian. Students will be introduced to commercial terms involved in correspondence and will have practice in writing and speaking. Business and journalism abilities are stressed.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall - Even years.

3 credits

RUS 316 Masterpieces of Russian Literature I

Prerequisites: 6 credits of intermediate Russian or equivalent.

Course Description: A survey of major Russian writers and their works through the centuries. A selection of readings from the novel, short story, drama and poetry will be included. Oral/written reports in Russian will be required.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall - Odd years. PLV: Spring - Even years.

3 credits

RUS 317 Masterpieces of Russian Literature II

Prerequisites: 6 credits of intermediate Russian or the equivalent.

Course Description: A survey of major Russian writers and their works through the centuries. A selection of readings from the novel, short story, drama, and poetry will be included. Oral/written reports in Russian will be required.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall - Odd years. PLV: Spring - Even years.

3 credits

RUS 318 Leo Tolstoy and Beyond: Literatures in Eastern Europe

Prerequisite: Six credits of intermediate Russian or instructor's permission.

Course Description: A survey of works from Russian literature of the second half of the 19th century (Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Chekhov) and the 20th century, as well as works of other East European literature (Shevchenko, Sienkiewicz, Hasek). Students will examine shared literary features and the roles of literature(s) in Eastern Europe in shaping national myths and identities, especially in the post-totalitarian society. The class is taught in Russian.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring, even years.

3 credits

Prerequisites

RUS 317 Min Grade D

RUS 320 Comparative Study of Russian and Slavic Languages

Prerequisite: 3 credits of advanced Russian or the Instructor's permission.

Course Description: Comparative study of the historical background and linguistic structures of the Slavic languages, leading advanced students of any Slavic language to a reading knowledge of Russian, Czech, Polish, Croatian, Bulgarian, and Ukrainian.

Course Rotation: NYC: TBA.

3 credits

RUS 324 Culture: Literary Readings in Russian and Slavic Languages

Prerequisites: RUS 320 or instructor's permission.

Course Description: Comparative study of Slavic cultures through the literatures of Eastern Europe, with further readings in Russian, Czech, Polish, Croatian, Bulgarian, and Ukrainian.

Course Rotation: NYC: TBA.

3 credits

Prerequisites

RUS 320 Min Grade D

RUS 380A Seminar: Mixail Bulgakov

Course Description: The course is devoted to the major novel by Mixail Bulgakov, Master and Margarita. Reading and discussion will be built on Russian language skills with an eye of developing a more sophisticated set of abilities in Russian. Students will read Bulgakov?s text in its entirety, as well as a series of critical works about the novel, accompanied by screening the recent series of the novel. Students will do research on the novel and its references. Oral/written reports in Russian will be required.

3 credits

RUS 395 Independent Study in Russian

With the approval of the appropriate faculty member, the department chairperson and the academic dean, students may select a topic for guided research that is not included in the regular course offerings. The student meets regularly with the faculty member to review progress. A research project or paper must also be submitted.

1 - 9 credits