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The mission of the Russian and Slavic Studies Division at Hunter is four-fold: to prepare our majors for further study in graduate school or for professional certification in translation; provide a broader general education with a focus on Slavic culture for the majors with concentration in Russian and East Central European Studies; to offer the wider Hunter community an introduction to Russian and Slavic literature and culture; and, finally, provide training for teachers of Russian on a secondary level.

The Division offers Russian language courses ranging from beginning Russian (RUSS 101), to advanced Russian (RUSS 315) equivalent to the fourth year of language instruction. A two-semester sequence of six-hour intensive courses for heritage speakers of Russian (Russ-103 and Russ-203) is now part of our permanent curriculum. The separation of heritage and non-heritage students into discrete groups addresses different levels of language competence, enhances the learning experience and improves the outcomes for both groups.

The Russian Division is one of the very few academic institutions in the United States that offers courses in Russian literature conducted entirely in Russian. In addition, the division offers courses in literature and culture in English translation. The new major concentration in Russian translation provides pre-professional training in the field of translation.

The many courses in language, literature, and culture offered each semester allow students of Russian to choose one of four concentrations leading to a Russian major. A student may select most of the required twenty-four credits either from language-oriented Russian courses, translation courses, from courses on Russian literature or culture, as well as from a number of related disciplines. In all cases, the student's proficiency in the Russian language remains a prerequisite.

 

The Russian Major and Minor concentrations

Descriptions and Road Maps

 

Part I: Russian majors

The Russian major consists of no fewer than 24 credits chosen among courses in the language beyond RUSS 10100 and RUSS 10200.

I. Russian language sequence: for students who want to acquire native fluency in spoken and written Russian and a thorough knowledge of Russian literature. [as it appears in the catalog).

ROAD MAP

Russian language sequence requires students to take 18 CREDITS IN LANGUAGE beyond 101-102 sequence or beyond intensive 103 for heritage students. Students must complete their language requirement by taking Russ-201-Russ-202 sequence or intensive Russ-203.

Subtotal: 6 credits

The rest of the language courses can be selected from the following for 12 credits overall: Russ-301-Russ-302 sequence; Russ-317-Russ-318 sequence; Russ-312; Russ-313; Russ-314; Russ-315; Russ-319; Russ-49803 (Internship for 3 credits); or Russ-37003--Independent Study for 3 credits (by permission of the program head). Newly developed language courses on the three-hundred level can be added to the list.

Students who are exempt from the language requirement through proficiency testing or by permission of the program head are required to take 18 credits in 300-level language courses including 49803 (Internship).

Subtotal: 18 credits

Russian language sequence requires students to take 6 CREDITS IN LITERATURE AND CULTURE courses. One of the courses must be a 300-level literature course or a Special Topics course conducted in Russian (all 245 and 246 courses). The other course can be a culture or a literature course in English, including Russ-155; Russ-156; Russ-157; Russ-158; all of 200-level literature courses, including Special Topics courses in English (all 256 courses for 3 credits); or Russ-37003 (Independent Study for 3 credits) by permission of the program head.

Subtotal: 24 credits

TOTAL: 24 CREDITS

 

II. Russian language and culture sequence: for students whose interests lie in the arts rather than in language. With the permission of the division head, a limited number of courses in translation may be applied to the major sequence.

ROAD MAP

Russian language and culture sequence requires students to take 12 CREDITS IN LANGUAGE beyond 101-102 sequence or beyond intensive 103 for heritage students. Students must complete their language requirement by taking Russ-201-Russ-202 sequence or intensive Russ-203.

Subtotal: 6 credits

The rest of the language courses can be selected from the following for 6 credits overall: Russ-301-Russ-302 sequence; Russ-317-Russ-318 sequence; Russ-312; Russ-313; Russ-314; Russ-315; Russ-319; Russ-49803 (Internship for 3 credits); or Russ-37003--Independent Study for 3 credits (by permission of the program head). Newly developed language courses on the three-hundred level can be added to the list.

Students who are exempt from the language requirement through proficiency testing or by permission of the program head are required to take 12 credits in 300-level language courses, including Russ-49803 (internship).

Subtotal: 12 credits

Russian language and culture sequence requires students to take 12 CREDITS IN LITERATURE AND CULTURE courses. One of the courses must be a 300-level literature course or a Special Topics course conducted in Russian (all 245 and 246 courses). The other courses can be culture or a literature courses in English, including Russ-155; Russ-156; Russ-157; Russ-158; all of 200-level literature courses, including Special Topics courses in English (all 256 courses for 3 credits); or Russ-37003 (Independent Study for 3 credits) by permission of the program head.

Subtotal: 24 credits

TOTAL: 24 CREDITS

 

III. Concentration in Russian and East Central European Studies (RECE): This concentration within the Russian program draws on a variety of disciplines in combination with courses from the Division of Russian and Slavic Studies. Requirements for RECE include Russian or Slavic language proficiency or a pre- or corequisite of 6 credits in Russian or Slavic language at the 20200 (intermediate) level or above and 18 credits distributed as follows: Russian or East Central European history (3 cr.); RECE area political science (3 cr.); Russian or East Central European literature, culture or arts (3 cr.); and three additional 200- or 300-level courses chosen from two of the following categories: anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science and literature, culture or arts. Students should select courses in consultation with their RECE adviser. In addition to their 18-to 24-credit concentration, students are strongly urged to choose 12 minor credits from disciplines related to RECE.

 

IV. Concentration in Russian translation: for students with interest in acquiring training in Russian translation in a variety of professional fields. Requirements for the concentration in Russian translation include:

  • 6 credits in Russian language at the intermediate level (RUSS 20100 and RUSS 20200) or 6 credits in the intensive RUSS 20300 for heritage speakers.
  • RUSS 21500 Translating Culture: Introduction to Theory and Practice of Translation for 3 credits.
  • RUSS 30100 Advanced Russian I for 3 credits.
  • RUSS 30200 Advanced Russian II for 3 credits.
  • RUSS 31700 Practical Aspects of Translation for 3 credits.
  • RUSS 31800 Advanced Translation for 3 credits.
  • RUSS 49803 Internship in Russian and Slavic Studies for 3 credits

Students exempt from the Russian language requirement through proficiency testing or by permission of the Division Head are required to take also either:

  • 1 300-level literature course taught in Russian for 3 credits and one of the following 300-level language courses: RUSS 31200, RUSS 31300, RUSS 31400, RUSS 31500, or RUSS 31900 for 3 credits (6 credits in all) OR:
  • 2 300-level language courses from the following courses: RUSS 31200, RUSS 31300, RUSS 31400, RUSS 31500, or RUSS 31900 for 6 credits OR:
  • 2 300-level literature courses in Russian for 6 credits.

 

Part II: Russian minors

The Russian minor consists of no fewer than 12 credits chosen among courses in the language beyond RUSS 20100 and RUSS 20200 or intensive RUSS 20300.

I. Russian language sequence:

ROAD MAP

Russian language sequence requires students to take 9 CREDITS IN LANGUAGE beyond RUSS 201-RUSS 202 sequence or intensive RUSS 203. Language courses can be selected from the following for 9 credits overall: Russ-301-Russ-302 sequence; Russ-317-Russ-318 sequence; Russ-312; Russ-313; Russ-314; Russ-315; Russ-319; Russ-49803 (Internship for 3 credits); or Russ-37003--Independent Study for 3 credits (by permission of the program head). Newly developed language courses on the three-hundred level can be added to the list.

Subtotal: 9 credits

Russian language sequence requires students to take 3 CREDITS IN LITERATURE AND CULTURE courses. It can be a 300-level literature course or a Special Topics course conducted in Russian (all 245 and 246 courses) or Russ-37003 (Independent Study for 3 credits) by permission of the program head. A literature or culture course in English can be substituted for the course in Russian by permission of the head of the program.

Subtotal: 12 credits

TOTAL: 12 CREDITS

 

II. Russian literature and culture sequence:

ROAD MAP

Russian literature and culture sequence requires students to take 6 CREDITS IN LANGUAGE beyond Russ-201-Russ-202 sequence or intensive Russ-203.
The rest of the language courses can be selected from the following for 6 credits overall:
Russ-301-Russ-302 sequence; Russ-317-Russ-318 sequence; Russ-312; Russ-313; Russ-314; Russ-315; Russ-319; Russ-49803 (Internship for 3 credits); or Russ-37003--Independent Study for 3 credits (by permission of the program head). Newly developed language courses on the three-hundred level can be added to the list.

Subbtotal: 6 credits

Russian literature and culture sequence requires students to take 6 CREDITS IN LITERATURE AND CULTURE courses. It can be a 300-level literature course in Russian or a Special Topics course conducted in Russian (all 245 and 246 courses) or Russ-37003 (Independent Study for 3 credits) by permission of the program head. A literature or culture course in English can be substituted for the course in Russian by permission of the head of the program.

Subtotal: 12 credits

TOTAL: 12 CREDITS

 

Preparation for Teaching in Grades 7-12

In cooperation with the School of Education, the program in Russian provides opportunities for students to prepare for a career in teaching Russian in grades 7-12. Students preparing to teach Russian must complete a 33-credit major option for teaching that includes the 24-credit sequence taken by non-teaching majors plus 9 additional credits: RUSS 39900 and 6 additional credits in Russian language and literature at the 300 or 400 level.

 

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