Undergraduate Russian Major

Welcome to the Major Program

We are very glad you are planning to major in Russian!  Our undergraduate major is designed to offer you training in all the skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) you need to communicate in Russian at the Intermediate Mid-to-High proficiency level. After you complete your major, you should be able to converse with ease and confidence when dealing with most routine tasks and everyday social situations, including non-technical discussions of work, school, recreation, particular interests, and areas of competence, and you will be able to narrate and use connected discourse of paragraph length.

As a Russian major, you will also develop informed appreciation of Russian literature, culture, and society; learn to analyze authentic Russian cultural materials; and acquire an international outlook on world events.  To meet this goal, we offer a full curriculum in the Russian language (first- through fifth-year).  In addition, we offer a rich repertory of courses in Russian literature, film, culture, and linguistics—some taught in English, others in Russian—to enhance your pragmatic and cultural qualifications. Our graduating students have a broad knowledge of Russia, the Russian language, and a specific area of expertise within Russian studies (e.g., literature, culture, or linguistics). Many have become eligible to join the OSU Chapter of the Dobro Slovo National Honor Society.

Our major enables  you to acquire proficiency in Russian language and culture through both coursework and the many extracurricular activities (language table, Russian Club, the Kapustnik talent show, etc.) organized by the Department and the Center for Slavic and East European Studies. Declared majors are kept informed of these events through flyers, mailings, and listservs.  All these opportunities help majors to achieve the confidence and the language and cultural proficiency you need to use Russian at the professional level.

Major Advising

As soon as you know you want to major in Russian, you should meet with the Undergraduate Coordinating Advisor or some other member of our faculty whom you'd like to have as your advisor, to fill out the Arts and Sciences Major Program Form.  This form includes all the courses that constitute your major field of study and serves as a contract for graduation.  The advisor files the form with the Undergraduate Office of the Colleges of the Arts and Sciences (ASC), 100 Denney Hall (164 W. 17th Avenue).  

If you need to make any subsequent changes in your major program, you should consult with your advisor.  Approved changes are registered on an updated Major Program Form.

Courses in which you receive a grade of D+ or lower cannot count toward the major. If you receive such a grade, you should meet with your advisor to determine whether to repeat the course or choose a substitute. If a course is repeated, the additional hours earned are added to the minimum necessary for graduation.

Any of the professors in the Department can serve as your advisor for the major. It is important for you to stay in touch with your advisor through regular consultations.  In addition to guiding your undergraduate study, your advisor can be called on if you need to petition Arts and Sciences or if you need a letter of recommendation for postgraduate study or employment.

Please be sure to update your advisor or the Undergraduate Coordinating Advisor on changes in your contact information or academic status.

Major Coursework

All the prerequisites count towards the fulfillment of GE requirements.

Russian Major Specialization 1. Russian Language

This specialization is ideally suited for students who want to acquire a strong speaking proficiency in Russian for use in government, business, or academic careers.

  1.  Language prerequisite (12 credits)
  • Russian 1101        1st-Year Russian 1 (.01 classroom, .51 self-paced) (4)
  • Russian 1102        1st-Year Russian 2 (.01 classroom, .51 self-paced) (4)
  • Russian 1103        2nd-Year Russian 1 (.01 classroom, .51 self-paced) (4)

2.  Language Requirement (12 credits)

  • Russian 2104        2nd-Year Russian 2 (.01 classroom, .51 self-paced) (4)
  • Russian 3101        3rd-Year Russian 1 (4)
  • Russian 3102        3rd-Year Russian 2 (4)

3. Major Capstone Requirement (3 credits)

  • Russian 4575         Capstone Course for Russian Majors (3)

4. Language Electives (9 credits)
Choose at least three classes from the following list:

  • Russian 3121        Self-Paced Advanced Reading Russian 1 (3)
  • Russian 3122        Self-Paced Advanced Reading Russian 2 (3)
  • Russian 3140        Language Maintenance (1; repeatable once)
  • Russian 4101        4th-Year Russian 1 (3)
  • Russian 4102        4th-Year Russian 2 (3)
  • Russian 4140        Practical Russian Conversation (1; repeatable once)
  • Russian 4135        Practical Russian Pronunciation (3)
  • Russian 4136        Business Russian (3)
  • Russian 5101        5th-Year Russian 1 (3)
  • Russian 5102        5th-Year Russian 2 (3)

5. Literature/Culture/Linguistics Elective (9 credits)
Choose three classes from the following list; only one class can be at the 2000 level:

  • MEDREN 2513      Medieval Moscow (3)
  • Russian 2335        Russian Culture (3)
  • Russian 2345        Fairy Tales and Folklore (3)
  • Russian 2250        Masterpieces of Russian Literature (3)
  • Russian 2250H      Honors Masterpieces of Russian Literature (3)
  • Russian 3350        Russian Culture and Politics (3)
  • Russian 3460        Modern Russian Experience through Film (3)
  • Russian 3470        Anna Karenina Goes to Hollywood (3)
  • Russian 3530        Russian Cuisine in History, Literature and Culture (3)
  • Russian 4220        Love and Death in Russian Literature & Film (3)
  • Russian 4221        Revolution and Restoration in Russian Literature (3)
  • Russian 4600        Introduction to Russian Linguistics (3)
  • Russian 5230        Utopia and Dystopia in Russian Literature
  • Russian 5250        The Russian Writer (3; repeatable with change of content)
  • Russian 5530        Madness and the Mad in Russian Culture
  • Russian 5601        Structure of Russian 1 (3)
  • Russian 5701        History of the Russian Language 1 (3)
  • Slavic 2330           Vampires, Monstrosity, and Evil: From Slavic Myth to Twilight (3)
  • Slavic 3460           Minorities in Eastern European Film (3)
  • Slavic 3310           Science Fiction: East versus West (3)
  • Slavic 4520           Slavic and East European Cities (3; repeatable with change of content)
  • Slavic 4560H        Cinderella’s Fantasy: Gender and Women in W/E Europe (3)
  • Slavic 4597*          Politics of Language in Southeastern Europe (3)
  • Slavic 4760           Survey of the Slavic Languages (3)
  • Slavic 3800           Life in Two Worlds: Bilingualism (3)

*These courses may be used for the major if not counted for the GE.

By permission of the advisor, courses from the following list may replace one course each in the Language and Literature/Culture/Linguistics electives:

  • Russian 4191        Internship (3 cr; repeatable)
  • Russian 4193        Individual Studies (1–6 cr; repeatable)
  • Russian 4194        Group Studies (1-6 cr.; repeatable)
  • Russian 4797        Study at a Foreign Institution (1-12 cr.; repeatable)
  • Russian 4798        Study Tour (1–3 cr; repeatable)
  • Russian 4998        Undergraduate Research Project (3 cr; repeatable)
  • Russian 4998H      Honors Undergraduate Research Project (3 cr; repeatable)
  • Russian 4999        Undergraduate Research Thesis (3)
  • Russian 4999H      Honors Undergraduate Research Thesis (3)

Occasionally, other courses may be offered in the Slavic Department or in other departments that can fit into a Russian major.  Such substitutions require the approval of the major advisor.

Russian Major Specialization 2: Russian Literature, Culture, and Film

This specialization is designed for students who are particularly interested in Russian culture and wish to acquire an advanced reading knowledge in order to work with primary sources.

  1. Prerequisites (12 credits)
  • Russian 1101         1st-Year Russian 1 (.01 classroom, .51 self-paced) (4)
  • Russian 1102         1st-Year Russian 2 (.01 classroom, .51 self-paced) (4)
  • Russian 1103         2nd-Year Russian 1 (.01 classroom, .51 self-paced) (4)
  1. Language Requirement (10 credits)
  • Russian 2104      2nd-Year Russian 2 (.01 classroom, .51 self-paced) (4)
  • Russian 3121      Self-Paced Advanced Reading Russian 1 (3)
  • Russian 3122      Self-Paced Advanced Reading Russian 2 (3)
  1. Major Capstone Requirement (3 credits)
  • Russian 4575      Capstone Course for Russian Majors (3)
  1. Literature Elective (6 credits)
    Choose two courses from the following list; only one class can be at the 2000 level:
  • Russian 2250      Masterpieces of Russian Literature (3)
  • Russian 2250H   Honors Masterpieces of Russian Literature (3)
  • Russian 3470      Anna Karenina Goes to Hollywood (3)
  • Russian 4220      Love and Death in Russian Literature & Film (3)
  • Russian 4221      Revolution and Restoration in Russian Literature (3)
  • Russian 5230      Utopia and Dystopia in Russian Literature
  • Russian 5250      The Russian Writer (3; repeatable with change of content)
  • Russian 5530      Madness and the Mad in Russian Culture
  • Slavic 3310         Science Fiction: East versus West (3)
  • Slavic 4260H       Dead Man Writing: Lit. Representations of Capital Punishment (3)
  1. Culture Elective (6 credits): choose two courses from the following list; only one class can be at the 2000 level.
  • MEDREN 2513  Medieval Moscow (3)
  • Russian 2335    Russian Culture (3)
  • Russian 2345    Russian Fairy Tales and Folklore (3)
  • Russian 3350    Russian Culture and Politics (3)
  • Russian 3530    Russian Cuisine in History, Literature and Culture (3)
  • Russian 4600    Introduction to Russian Linguistics (3)
  • Russian 5530    Madness and the Mad in Russian Culture
  • Slavic 2230       Vampires, Monstrosity, and Evil: From Slavic Myth to Twilight (3)
  • Slavic 4520H     Slavic and East European Cities (3 cr; repeatable with change of content)
  • Slavic 4560H     Cinderella’s Fantasy: Gender and Women in W/E Europe (3)
  • Slavic 4597*      Politics of Language in Southeastern Europe (3)
  • Slavic 4760       Survey of the Slavic Languages (3)
  • Slavic 3800       Life in Two Worlds: Bilingualism (3)

*These courses may be used for the major if not counted for the GE.

  1. Elective Film (3 credits)
    Choose at least one course from the following list:
  • Russian 3460     Modern Russian Experience through Film (3)
  • Slavic 3310        Science Fiction: East versus West (3)
  • Slavic 3360        Minorities in Eastern European Film (3)
  1. Two free electives (6 credits), taken from the above lists.
    By permission of the advisor, courses from the following list, to a maximum of 9 cr., may be used as electives:
  • Russian 4191      Internship (3 cr; repeatable)
  • Russian 4193      Individual Studies (1–6 cr; repeatable)
  • Russian 4194      Group Studies (1-6 cr.; repeatable)
  • Russian 4797      Study at a Foreign Institution (1-12 cr.; repeatable)
  • Russian 4798      Study Tour (1–3 cr; repeatable)
  • Russian 4998      Undergraduate Research Project (3 cr; repeatable)
  • Russian 4998H    Honors Undergraduate Research Project (3 cr; repeatable)
  • Russian 4999       Undergraduate Research Thesis (3)
  • Russian 4999H    Honors Undergraduate Research Thesis (3)


Occasionally, other courses may be offered in the Slavic Department or in other departments that can fit into a Russian major.  Such substitutions require the approval of the major advisor.
 

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