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.

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

Program-specific curriculum:

Prerequisite
All courses in one of the following options:
Option A:
SLAV 1012Intensive Basic Russian I
SLAV 1034Intensive Basic Russian II
Option B:
SLAV 1001First-Year Russian I
SLAV 1002First-Year Russian II
SLAV 1003Second-Year Russian I
SLAV 1004Second-Year Russian II
Required in the major
SLAV 1391Introduction to Russian Literature I
SLAV 1392Introduction to Russian Literature II
SLAV 2005Intermediate Russian I
SLAV 2006Intermediate Russian I
SLAV 2007Russia Today: Topics in Advanced Russian I
SLAV 2008Russia Today: Topics in Advanced Russian II
SLAV 2361Russian Culture
SLAV 2362Russian Culture
Two of the following:
SLAV 2471Nineteenth-Century Russian Prose
SLAV 2472Nineteenth-Century Russian Poetry
SLAV 247320th-Century Russian Prose
SLAV 2474Twentieth-Century Russian Poetry
Two of the following:
SLAV 2365Twentieth-Century Russian Literature to World War II
SLAV 2366Russian Literature from World War II to the Present
SLAV 2785Introduction to Russian Cinema I
SLAV 2786Introduction to Russian Cinema II
SLAV 4595WSpecial Topics

Proficiency requirements for the Russian major: After completing SLAV 2006 Intermediate Russian I, students consult their advisor to choose one of the following two proficiency tracks:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 Readings in the Russian Press I and SLAV 2016 Readings in the Russian Press II are required unless waived by the department.

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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