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RUSS 401 - Elementary Russian I
Credits: 4.00
For students without previous training in Russian. An introduction to contemporary standard Russian. Includes a cultural component. Topics include those which enable students to function in Russian in everyday situations (i.e. food, leisure activities, literature, transportation, music, sports, daily life.) Special fee.

RUSS 402 - Elementary Russian II
Credits: 4.00
See description for RUSS 401.

RUSS 425 - Introduction to Russia: Contemporary Society and Culture
Credits: 4.00
Introduction to contemporary Russian society and culture in English. Examines the "Russian mind" (as it was before 1917), the "Soviet mind," and how the two have clashed. A closer examination of how the Russians are adapting to the changes that have taken place in their country since the collapse of communism. Readings, films, realia. Themes to be discussed include leadership; authority and power; the Russian soul; family, women, youth, education, holidays and celebrations; and the new Russians. Special fee.

RUSS 500 - Selected Topics in World Literature
Credits: 4.00
Topics are chosen that introduce students to major themes and genres. (Also offered as CLAS 500, FREN 500, GERM 500, ITAL 500, PORT 500, SPAN 500.) May be repeated for credit. Special fee.

RUSS 500W - Topics in World Literature
Credits: 4.00
Topics are chosen that introduce students to major themes and genres. (Also offered as CLAS 500, FREN 500, GERM 500, ITAL 500, PORT 500, SPAN 500.) May be repeated for credit. Special fee. Writing intensive.

RUSS 503 - Intermediate Russian I
Credits: 4.00
Continued work in grammar, and writing with cultural components. A review of the fundamentals of grammar and syntax. Readings and cultural material included. Topics include: university life, travel, cultural activities, cooking, politics. Special fee.

RUSS 504 - Intermediate Russian II
Credits: 4.00
Continued work in grammar, and writing with cultural components. A review of the fundamentals of grammar and syntax. Readings and cultural material included. Topics include: university life, travel, cultural activities, cooking, politics. Special fee.

RUSS 521 - Devils, Deities, and Madness in Russian Literature
Credits: 4.00
Introduces Russian literature from a variety of perspectives. Selected works by famous and lesser known Russian writers on the themes of devils, deities, and madness. Literary texts, as well as film versions of literary texts, are considered in their historical and cultural contexts. Lectures, readings, and discussions in English. Open to all students, including freshmen. No prerequisites. Special fee.

RUSS 521W - Devils, Deities, and Madness in Russian Literature
Credits: 4.00
Introduces Russian literature from a variety of perspectives. Selected works by famous and lesser known Russian writers on the themes of devils, deities, and madness. Literary texts, as well as film versions of literary texts, are considered in their historical and cultural contexts. Lectures, readings, and discussions in English. Open to all students, including freshmen. No prerequisites. Special fee. Writing intensive.

RUSS 522 - Morality, Sex and Revolution in Russian Literature
Credits: 4.00
Introduces Russian literature from a variety of perspectives. Selected works by famous and lesser known Russian writers on themes of morality, sex, and revolution. Literary texts, as well as film versions of literary texts, are considered in their historical and cultural contexts. Lectures, readings, and discussions in English. Open to all students, including freshmen. No prerequisites. Special fee.

RUSS 522W - Morality, Sex and Revolution in Russian Literature
Credits: 4.00
Introduces Russian literature from a variety of perspectives. Selected works by famous and lesser known Russian writers on themes of morality, sex, and revolution. Literary texts, as well as film versions of literary texts, are considered in their historical and cultural contexts. Lectures, readings, and discussions in English. Open to all students, including freshmen. No prerequisites. Special fee. Writing intensive.

RUSS 525 - Russia: Mythology and Propaganda
Credits: 4.00
Exploration of the relationship between mythology and culture as a part of the cultural identity of the Russian people, before the 1917 Revolution, during the Communist period, and since the fall of the Soviet Union. Focus on pre 1917 Slavic pagan, Christian, and folk mythology vis-a-vis Western mythology, on 20C propaganda and control of the "public mind" designed to reshape national identity and on the current deconstruction, reform, and rebirth of the old mythology. Special fee.

RUSS 525M - Russia:Mythology and Propaganda in Moscow
Credits: 4.00
Exploration of the relationship between mythology and culture as a part of the cultural identity of the Russian people, before the 1917 Revolution, during the Communist period, and since the fall of the Soviet Union. Focus on pre 1917 Slavic pagan, Christian, and folk mythology vis-a-vis Western mythology, on 20C propaganda and control of the "public mind" designed to reshape national identity and on the current deconstruction, reform, and rebirth of the old mythology. Course conducted on location in Russia and on line. Special fee.

RUSS 586 - Introduction to Russia and Russian: Study Abroad in the Russian Federation
Credits: 4.00
This is an introductory and intermediate Russian language course with a significant culture and civilization component. It is not intended to be used as a substitute for the study abroad component of the Russian major, nor as a substitute of any major requirements. The course is designed as an introduction to Russia and Russian for those who have had no such, or minimal instruction of for intermediate students who need the on site exposure to the target language to increase language proficiency. No previous knowledge of Russian required. Open to all students with no Russian and with credit for 401 or 402.

RUSS 593 - Myths, Visions and Issues in Russian Literature and Society
Credits: 4.00
Discussion and analysis of topics and authors in Russian literature, film, and culture. A variety of different topics or authors is covered each semester: (A) the Giants of Russian Literature: Dostoevsky and Tolstoy, (B) Dostoevsky, (C) Tolstoy, (D) Jewish Voices in the Russian Empire, (E) The Devil in Russian Literature, (F) the Myth of St. Petersburg, (G) Death and Revolution, (H) Russian Fairy Tales, (I) Drama, (J) Women's Voices, etc. Lectures, readings, and films with English subtitles, and discussions in English. Open to all students. Special fee.

RUSS 593W - Myths, Visions and Issues in Russian Literature and Society
Credits: 4.00
Discussion and analysis of topics and authors in Russian literature, film, and culture. A variety of different topics or authors is covered each semester: (A) the Giants of Russian Literature: Dostoevsky and Tolstoy, (B) Dostoevsky, (C) Tolstoy, (D) Jewish Voices in the Russian Empire, (E) The Devil in Russian Literature, (F) the Myth of St. Petersburg, (G) Death and Revolution, (H) Russian Fairy Tales, (I) Drama, (J) Women's Voices, etc. Lectures, readings, and films with English subtitles, and discussions in English. Open to all students. Special fee. Writing intensive.

RUSS 595 - Russian Practicum
Credits: 2.00
Participants earn credit for approved, uncompensated, pre-professional activities and special projects, including K-12 outreach, assisting in undergraduate courses, work with professional organizations, businesses, social services, non-profits, NGOs or educational organizations in a Russian context and with on-site supervision. Writing assignments are required and vary depending upon the project. Enrollment limited to sophomores, juniors and seniors who are Russian majors and have a B or above average in Russian language courses. Cr/F.

RUSS 601 - Russian Conversation and Phonetics
Credits: 4.00
Practical application of fundamental phonetic theory of spoken Russian. Designed to increase fluency and accuracy in conversation. Prereq: RUSS 504 with a grade of C or better; permission. Special fee.

RUSS 631 - Advanced Russian Conversation and Composition
Credits: 4.00
Advanced spoken and written Russian designed to include all four language skills (speaking, reading, writing, listening.) Readings on contemporary cultural topics and vocabulary building. Composition and conversation based on Russian-language media and literature. Special fee.

RUSS 632 - Advanced Russian Conversation and Composition
Credits: 4.00
Advanced spoken and written Russian designed to include all four language skills (speaking, reading, writing, listening.) Readings on contemporary cultural topics and vocabulary building. Composition and conversation based on Russian-language media and literature. Special fee.

RUSS 685 - Study Abroad
Credits: 16.00
Studies at a Russian institution of higher learning. Interested students should consult with a Russian advisor. Prereq: primarily for juniors and seniors who have completed RUSS 632 or equivalent with a grade of B (3.00) or better. Special fee. Cr/F. (IA grade will be assigned until official transcript is received from the foreign institution.)

RUSS 686 - Study Abroad
Credits: 16.00
Studies at a Russian institution of higher learning. Interested students should consult with a Russian advisor. Prereq: primarily for juniors and seniors who have completed RUSS 632 or equivalent with a grade of B (3.00) or better. Special fee. Cr/F. (IA grade will be assigned until official transcript is received from the foreign institution.)

RUSS 691 - Readings in Russian Literature
Credits: 4.00
Linguistic and stylistic characteristics of works of important authors of the 19th and 20th centuries. Readings, lectures, and papers entirely in Russian. Special fee. Writing intensive.

RUSS 693 - Myths, Visions and Issues in Russian Literature and Society
Credits: 4.00
Same as RUSS 593, except that in addition majors are required to do selected readings in Russian and/or conduct research assignments in English on a specified topic. Final project required. Writing intensive option. Special fee.

RUSS 693W - Myths, Visions and Issues in Russian Literature and Society
Credits: 4.00
Same as RUSS 593, except that in addition majors are required to do selected readings in Russian and/or conduct research assignments in English on a specified topic. Final project required. Writing intensive option. Special fee. Writing intensive.

RUSS 721 - Topics in Contemporary Russian Literature: From Chekhov to Post-Modernism
Credits: 4.00
Reading, discussion, and close analysis of works of prose fiction and/or poetry from post-19th-century Russian literature within various contexts (literary-historical, socio-political, cultural, artistic, etc.) of the given period. All readings, written assignments, and class discussion in Russian. Prereq: RUSS 691 or equivalent or by permission. Special fee. Writing intensive.

RUSS 725 - Topics in Russian Culture and Society
Credits: 4.00
Historical, geographical, social, political, intellectual and artistic developments in Russia that have influenced contemporary Russian society and culture. Readings, class discussions, and films. Conducted entirely in Russian. Special fee. Writing intensive.

RUSS 733 - History of Slavic Languages and Culture
Credits: 4.00
A survey of the history of the Russian language in a historical and cultural context. Overview of the changes in sounds, structure and vocabulary from Proto-Indo-European through Old Church Slavic, Old Russian to contemporary Russian. Readings and discussions of historical events, culture and civilization parallel the chronology of the studied linguistic period. Special fee.

RUSS 790 - Advanced Language and Style
Credits: 4.00
For students who have a strong, active control of grammar. The most difficult problems of Russian grammar and syntax in poetry and prose. Develops confidence in expression both in everyday situations and in abstract concepts (emphasis on the latter). Prereq: grade of C or better in last Russian language course taken. Special fee. Barring duplication of material, may be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits. Writing intensive.

RUSS 795 - Independent Study
Credits: 1.00 to 4.00
Open to highly qualified juniors and seniors. To be elected only with permission of the Russian program coordinator and the supervising faculty member or members. Barring duplication of subject, may be repeated for credit. Special fee.

RUSS 796 - Independent Study
Credits: 1.00 to 4.00
Open to highly qualified juniors and seniors. To be elected only with permission of the Russian program coordinator and the supervising faculty member or members. Barring duplication of subject, may be repeated for credit. Special fee.

RUSS 797 - Special Studies in Russian Language, Literature, and Culture
Credits: 2.00 or 4.00
Selected topics in language, literature, and culture. Barring duplication of subject, may be repeated for credit. Special fee.

RUSS 798 - Special Studies in Russian Language, Literature, and Culture
Credits: 2.00 or 4.00
Selected topics in language, literature, and culture. Barring duplication of subject, may be repeated for credit. Special fee.