The Major Program
The Russian major introduces students to a culture rich in art, music, theater, film, language, and literature. The major offers an opportunity to learn skills needed to enter the fields of foreign affairs, world politics, and international trade, or to begin graduate work in literature, history, cultural studies and international relations.
The major program instructs students in speaking, understanding, reading, and writing the Russian language. The program also acquaints students with the intellectual and cultural contributions of the Russian world through the study of its literature, traditions, and institutions.
Internships & Career Alternatives
Russian majors may participate in internships where they can serve as translators and interpreters for schools and business firms throughout Northern California. Upon graduation, many Russian majors enter the business world or enter graduate programs in Slavic studies and international relations. The program encourages students to supplement their Russian studies with courses in related fields such as international relations, political science, computer science, cultural studies, or economics in order to maximize their career possibilities.
Honors & Honors Program
The honors program comprises at least one quarter of study under course 194H, which will include a research paper. For details, consult the major advisor.
Students who have completed one or two years of Russian language study can participate in the Education Abroad Program (EAP) in Moscow. Many of our students also participate in summer, semester, and yearlong programs sponsored by CIEE and ACTR in St. Petersburg and Moscow.
Credit normally will not be given for a course if that course is the prerequisite for a course already completed.
Students who have learned Russian at home must consult the department for placement instructions. Students with two years of Russian in high school normally continue in RUS 002; those with three years, RUS 003; those with four years, RUS 004.
|Preparatory Subject Matter|
|Choose 0-27 units:||0-27|
or the equivalent
|Preparatory Subject Matter Subtotal||0-27|
|Depth Subject Matter|
|RUS 101A||Advanced Russian||4|
|RUS 101B||Advanced Russian||4|
|RUS 101C||Advanced Russian||4|
|Advanced Russian Conversation|
|Additional upper division units chosen in consultation with advisor from the following selection of Literature and Culture courses taught in Russian and English.||20|
|Topics in Russian Literature & Culture|
|19th-Century Russian Literature|
|20th-Century Russian Literature|
|The Russian Theater|
or FMS 129
|Contemporary Russian Culture|
|Dostoevsky (in English)|
|Tolstoy (in English)|
|Women in Russian Culture|
|Chekhov (in English)|
The elective upper division courses in English can be satisfied in part by one or more courses in History, Political Science, Comparative Literature and other departments after consultation with, and prior approval of, the major advisor.
|The total of 36 upper division units may include units earned in the Education Abroad Program.|
|Depth Subject Matter Subtotal||36|