The Bachelor of Arts in Russian Language and Literature teaches students to speak, read and write in Russian at an advanced level, all while exploring Russian poetry, prose, history and film. Students in the major choose either the speaking or reading proficiency track in consultation with their advisor.
In addition to the Columbian College’s general requirements, Russian majors must complete courses from five core areas:
- Fourth-Year Language Proficiency
- Survey of 19th Century Russian Literature (6 credit hours)
- Russian Culture (6 credit hours)
- 20th Century Russian Literature and/or Cinema in English (6 credit hours)
- Russian Literature in Russian (6 credit hours)
See Course Requirements for details.
Departmental Honors in Russian
Students interested in earning special honors in Russian Language and Literature to be noted on their transcript must meet all requirements:
- Meet GW’s general special honors requirements.
- Graduate with a GPA of 3.0 overall and 3.3 in classes for the major.
- Apply for honors candidacy no later than the end of the first semester of junior year.
- Attain speaking proficiency at the advanced level, as measured by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview.
- Successfully complete an honors thesis during the courses SLAV 4597: Senior Honors Thesis I and SLAV 4598: Senior Honors Thesis II.
The following requirements must be fulfilled:
The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.
|All courses in one of the following options:|
|SLAV 1012||Intensive Basic Russian I|
|SLAV 1034||Intensive Basic Russian II|
|SLAV 1001||First-Year Russian I|
|SLAV 1002||First-Year Russian II|
|SLAV 1003||Second-Year Russian I|
|SLAV 1004||Second-Year Russian II|
|Required in the major|
|SLAV 1391||Introduction to Russian Literature I|
|SLAV 1392||Introduction to Russian Literature II|
|SLAV 2005||Intermediate Russian I|
|SLAV 2006||Intermediate Russian I|
|SLAV 2007||Russia Today: Topics in Advanced Russian I|
|SLAV 2008||Russia Today: Topics in Advanced Russian II|
|SLAV 2361||Russian Culture|
|SLAV 2362||Russian Culture|
|Two of the following:|
|SLAV 2471||Nineteenth-Century Russian Prose|
|SLAV 2472||Nineteenth-Century Russian Poetry|
|SLAV 2473||20th-Century Russian Prose|
|SLAV 2474||Twentieth-Century Russian Poetry|
|Two of the following:|
|SLAV 2365||Twentieth-Century Russian Literature to World War II|
|SLAV 2366||Russian Literature from World War II to the Present|
|SLAV 2785||Introduction to Russian Cinema I|
|SLAV 2786||Introduction to Russian Cinema II|
|SLAV 4595W||Special Topics|
Proficiency requirements for the Russian major
After completing SLAV 2006, students should consult their advisor to choose one of the following proficiency tracks:
- Emphasis on proficiency in speaking—students choosing this track must attain speaking proficiency at the intermediate high level, as measured by the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview. A semester of intensive language study in Russia on an approved program is required unless waived by the department.
- Emphasis on proficiency in reading—students choosing this track must attain reading proficiency at the advanced level on the ACTFL scale, as measured by a departmental examination. Students should consult their advisor and use the Russian reading resource site.