BA in Russian Language and Literature

The BA in Russian Language and Literature consists of SIX core components:

1. Fourth-year Language Proficiency
Students must demonstrate 4th-year proficiency in Russian. This can be accomplished by taking courses in the four-year language sequence (SLAV 1001,SLAV 1002, SLAV 1003, SLAV 1004, SLAV 2005, SLAV 2006, SLAV 2007, and SLAV 2008), placing into the advanced level on the placement exam, or transferring credit from the Advanced Placement exam. Majors can also take the intensive track (SLAV 1012 and SLAV 1034 ), which cover SLAV 1001 - SLAV 1004 in only two semesters.

Note on Russian Proficiency Requirements: By the end of SLAV 2006, students should consult their advisor to choose one of two 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. SLAV 2015 and SLAV 2016 are required, unless waived by the department.

2. Survey of 19th Century Russian Literature (6 credit hours)
Students must take SLAV 1391 and SLAV 1392.

3. Russian Culture (6 credit hours)
Students must take SLAV 2361 and SLAV 2362.

4. 20th Century Russian Literature and/or Cinema in English (6 credit hours)
Students must take two of the following: SLAV 2365, SLAV 2366, SLAV 2785, SLAV 2786, or SLAV 4595.

5. Russian Literature in Russian (6 credit hours)
Students must take two of the following: SLAV 2471, SLAV 2472, SLAV 2473, or SLAV 2474.

6. Columbian College Requirements
Students must complete all major requirements for the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. Depending on the student's year, these will either be the General Curriculum Requirements (GCRs) or General Education: Perspective, Analysis, and Communication (G-PACs). Please consult with your advisor to confirm whether you must satisfy the GCR or G-PAC requirements.

Russian Publishings

Richard Robin, Professor of Russian, and Galina Shatalina, Assistant Professor of Russian recently published Golosa, Book 1, 5th edition. Golosa has been the world’s best selling beginning college Russian language textbook for the last five years (“world” includes the former Soviet Union).

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Russian Major and Minor Advising

The department's Russian advisors are Richard Robin and Galina Shatalina . Please note that our advisors do not teach over the summer. It is important that you make any appointments before the end of the spring semester, or wait until the start of the fall.

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