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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2015-2016

College of Liberal Arts


Russian (RUSS)


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Professor: Ronald D. LeBlanc
Associate Professor: Arna Beth Bronstein
Lecturer: Ekaterina Burvikova

The Russian major provides students with an opportunity to study one of the world’s most important languages, its literature, and its culture. In addition to the intrinsic value of Russian language, literature, and culture as a liberal arts experience, the Russian major leads to a number of careers, such as teaching, translation and interpreting, government, and the Foreign Service. It is also a valuable asset in preparing for careers in law, economics, and international trade, and it can serve as a double major with business administration, international affairs, the natural and physical sciences, and other liberal arts fields such as English, history, political science, sociology, philosophy, theatre, communication, linguistics, and other foreign languages.

New students will be assigned to the proper course after consultation with the Russian faculty. A student may not receive UNH credit for elementary Russian courses if he or she has had two or more years of secondary school Russian; however, a student may petition the Russian program to be admitted to the 400-level courses for credit. In the 503-790 range, a grade of C or better is required to advance to the next course in the language series (503, 504, 631, 632, 790).

The Russian major consists of a minimum of 40 credits above RUSS 504. Specific course requirements are RUSS 425, 521, 522, 601, 631-632, 691, and 790 and two or three electives, depending upon choice of option and concentration. Majors are required to spend a semester or summer on an approved study abroad program in Russia. Majors are required to take RUSS 631-632 and at least one 700-level Russian course at the Durham campus. The Discovery Program capstone requirement may be fulfilled by completing one of the following: the honors-in-Russian thesis, RUSS 721, RUSS 725, RUSS 733, or RUSS 790. Transfer students must earn a minimum of 12 major credits at the Durham campus.

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of each individual major program. Bachelor of arts candidates must also satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement.

Major department courses may not be used to satisfy Discovery category requirements except in the case of a second or dual major. However, majors may use the required study abroad experience to satisfy the World Cultures Discovery category requirement. Russian majors may take RUSS 521 to satisfy both a Discovery Inquiry requirement and a major requirement.

The required minimum overall GPA in major coursework is 2.0.

The minor in Russian consists of a minimum of 20 credits above RUSS 402; it must include RUSS 503-504 and at least one of the following: RUSS 631, 632, 691, 721, 725, or 790.

Students wishing to major in Russian should contact the program coordinator in Murkland Hall 304.

Russian Studies Minor
The Russian studies minor offers students an opportunity to pursue area study of Russia and the new states through an interdisciplinary program. The minor consists of a minimum of 20 credits (five courses) with a minimum grade of C. In addition to the required courses and electives, students must demonstrate a Russian language proficiency at the level of RUSS 504 or an equivalent.

Students wishing to minor in Russian studies should consult with any faculty member in Russian studies.

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