RUSS - Russian

RUSS101 Intensive Elementary Russian I (6 Credits)

This intensive first-year course is intended to develop the four skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking with an emphasis on communicative competence.

Prerequisite: Must have appropriate Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) score.

Restriction: Must not be a native/fluent speaker of Russian.

Credit Only Granted for: RUSS101 or (RUSS111 and RUSS112).

RUSS102 Intensive Elementary Russian II (6 Credits)

A continuation of RUSS101 which will further develop the four skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking with an emphasis on communicative competence.

Prerequisite: RUSS101 or RUSS102; and must have appropriate Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) score.

Restriction: Must not be a native/fluent speaker of Russian.

Credit Only Granted for: RUSS102 or (RUSS113 and RUSS114).

RUSS201 Intermediate Russian I (5 Credits)

Continued activation and expansion of skills and knowledge acquired in an elementary Russian course with the goal of communicative competence.

Prerequisite: RUSS102 or RUSS114; or must have appropriate Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) score.

Restriction: Must not be a native/fluent speaker of Russian.

RUSS202 Intermediate Russian II (5 Credits)

Continued activation and expansion of skills and knowledge acquired in RUSS201 with the goal of communicative competence.

Prerequisite: RUSS201; or must have appropriate Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) score.

Restriction: Must not be a native/fluent speaker of Russian.

RUSS203 Intermediate Russian for Heritage Speakers I (3 Credits)

Designed for heritage speakers of Russian, with the goal of attaining competency in written Russian while improving speaking and reading skills.

Prerequisite: Heritage knowledge of Russian equal to or higher than minimum one year of Russian UMD language classes or appropriate Foreign Language Placement Testing (FLPT) score.

Restriction: For heritage speakers only, i.e., Russian speakers who grew up outside of Russia with different levels of Russian, wanting to gain literacy and improve their Russian overall.

Credit Only Granted for: RUSS201 or RUSS203.

RUSS204 Russian for Heritage Speakers II (3 Credits)

For Russian heritage speakers (Russian speakers who grew up outside of Russia) with different levels of Russian, wanting to gain literacy and improve their Russian overall.

Prerequisite: RUSS203; or heritage knowledge of Russian equal to or higher than minimum one year of Russian UMD language classes or appropriate Foreign Language Placement Testing (FLPT) score.

Restriction: For heritage speakers only, i.e., Russian speakers who grew up outside of Russia with different levels of Russian, wanting to gain literacy and improve their Russian overall.

Credit Only Granted for: RUSS202 or RUSS204.

RUSS211 Applied Russian Phonetics (3 Credits)

Pronunciation; the sounds and intonational patterns of Russian in contrast with those of English.

Prerequisite: RUSS102.

Restriction: Must not be a native/fluent speaker of Russian.

RUSS221 Masterworks of Russian Literature I (3 Credits)

Introduction to the classics of Russian literature in translation, beginning with Pushkin in the early 19th century and concluding with works of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy in the latter part of the century. Taught in English.

RUSS222 Masterworks of Russian Literature II (3 Credits)

Introduction to the classics of Russian literature in translation, beginning with the end of the nineteenth century and concluding with contemporary works. Taught in English.

RUSS223 Dostoevsky and The Russian Soul (3 Credits)

Dostoevsky's exploration of the dark side of the psyche shaped a mythological image of the Russian soul. An examination of his selected works in light of development of psychoanalysis and Russian and European intellectual history. Taught in English.

Credit Only Granted for: RUSS223 or RUSS298P.

RUSS269 Special Topics in Study Abroad II (1-6 Credits)

Special topics course taken as part of an approved study abroad program.

Repeatable to: 15 credits if content differs.

RUSS282 Contemporary Russian Culture (3 Credits)

Russia of the post-Communist era. An exploration of the cultural implications of the disintegration of the former Soviet Union. Also included is a brief introduction to the Russian language: alphabet, elementary reading and survival skills for the first time traveler. Course format includes a combination of lectures, group discussions, videos, and optional field trips. Taught in English.

RUSS298 Special Topics in Russian Language and Literature (3 Credits)

RUSS301 Advanced Russian I (3 Credits)

Advanced training in written Russian communicative structures.

Prerequisite: RUSS202; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.

Restriction: Must not be a native/fluent speaker of Russian.

RUSS302 Advanced Russian II (3 Credits)

Advanced training in written Russian communicative structures.

Prerequisite: RUSS301.

RUSS303 Russian Conversation: Functional Skills (3 Credits)

Intended for students who do not anticipate having the opportunity to study in Russia. Skills for daily life (both function and etiquette) and argumentation (rhetoric).

Prerequisite: RUSS202; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.

RUSS321 Survey of Russian Literature I (3 Credits)

The first half of a survey of Russian literature.

Prerequisite: RUSS202; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.

RUSS322 Survey of Russian Literature II (3 Credits)

The second half of a survey of Russian literature.

Prerequisite: RUSS321; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.

RUSS328 19th Century Russian Literature in Translation (3 Credits)

Development of Russian literary thought in the Russian novel and short prose of the 19th century. Influence of western literatures and philosophies.

Repeatable to: 6 credits if content differs.

RUSS329 Soviet Literature in Translation (3 Credits)

Russian literature between 1917 and the fall of the Soviet Union, both as a continuation of pre-revolutionary traditions and as a reflection of Soviet ideology.

Repeatable to: 6 credits if content differs.

RUSS334 Soviet Film: Propaganda, Myth, Modernism (3 Credits)

A Survey of Soviet film from the 1920s to 1991, focusing on important directors, genres, themes, and styles. Taught in English.Also offered as: FILM334.

Credit Only Granted for: RUSS334, FILM334, or RUSS298K.

Formerly: RUSS298K.

RUSS336 Soviet Cinema and Empire (3 Credits)

Examination of the concepts of "empire" and "nation" through their representation in Soviet cinema. Taught in English.Also offered as: FILM336.

Credit Only Granted for: RUSS336, FILM336, or RUSS398K.

Formerly: RUSS398K.

RUSS361 Dostoevsky's Life and Works (3 Credits)

A study of Dostoevsky's major works with reference to related developments in Russian and European culture, literary criticism, and intellectual history. Interdisciplinary investigation of Dostoevsky's contemporary relevance and tremendous international popularity.

Credit Only Granted for: RUSS361 or RUSS298P.

Formerly: RUSS298P.

RUSS369 Special Topics in Study Abroad III (1-6 Credits)

Special topics course taken as part of an approved study abroad program.

Repeatable to: 15 credits if content differs.

RUSS381 Russian Civilization (in Russian) I (3 Credits)

A historical survey of Russian civilization emphasizing architecture, painting, sculpture, music, ballet and the theater to the beginning of the 19th century pointing out the interrelationship of all with literary movements. Taught in Russian.

Prerequisite: RUSS202.

RUSS382 Russian Civilization (in Russian) II (3 Credits)

A historical survey of Russian civilization emphasizing architecture, painting, sculpture, music, ballet, and the theater, from the beginning of the 19th century to the present pointing out the interrelationships of all with literary movements. Taught in Russian.

Prerequisite: RUSS202.

RUSS386 Experiential Learning (3-6 Credits)

RUSS388 Language House Spring Colloquium (1 Credit)

For students residing in the Language House Immersion Program. Focuses on the development of skills in the target language and acquiring the cultural knowledge of the countries that speak the target language.

Restriction: Must be a resident of Language House.

Repeatable to: 8 credits.

RUSS398 Selected Topics in Russian Language and Literature (3 Credits)

RUSS401 Advanced Russian Composition (3 Credits)

Approaches to argumentation, organization of information, contextualized grammar, appropriateness of lexical choice, genre, and register.

Prerequisite: RUSS302; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.

Restriction: Not open to native speakers of Russian.

RUSS402 Practicum in Written Russian (3 Credits)

Designed to improve comprehension of functional varieties of written Russian and develop ability to present in written form concise syntheses of source texts.

Prerequisite: RUSS401; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.

RUSS403 Russian Conversation: Advanced Skills (3 Credits)

Advanced spoken production of high-level, abstract language.

Prerequisite: RUSS303; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.

RUSS405 Russian-English Translation I (3 Credits)

Introduction to the principles of translation of a particular genre, and is typically diplomatic, business, or literary.

Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in RUSS302.

RUSS406 Russian-English Translation II (3 Credits)

Continuation of RUSS405.

Prerequisite: RUSS405.

RUSS409 Selected Topics in Russian Language Study (3 Credits)

Presentation of a topic in Russian language study.

Restriction: Permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department.

Repeatable to: 6 credits if content differs.

RUSS411 Linguistic Analysis of Russian I (3 Credits)

Elucidation of theoretical concepts of modern linguistics through the analysis of problematic concepts in the Russian linguistic system. Phonology and the syntax of the simple sentence.

Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in RUSS301.

RUSS412 Linguistic Analysis of Russian II (3 Credits)

Continuation of RUSS411. The syntax of the complete sentence, semantics.

Prerequisite: RUSS411.

RUSS433 Russian Literature of the 20th Century (3 Credits)

RUSS439 Selected Topics in Russian Literature (3 Credits)

Presentation of a topic in Russian literature.

Restriction: Permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department.

Repeatable to: 6 credits if content differs.

RUSS499 Independent Study in Russian (1-3 Credits)

Independent study under faculty supervision.

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

Repeatable to: 6 credits if content differs.