RUSS 10100: Beginning Russian (Level I) 

An introduction to understanding, speaking, reading, and writing Russian; acquisition of basic grammar; conversational practice and short readings. Cultural content. Five hours per week. Annually. Fall.

RUSS 10200: Beginning Russian (Level II)

Continuation of RUSS 10100, with increased emphasis on conversational, reading, and writing skills. Cultural content. Prerequisite: RUSS 10100 or placement. Annually. Spring.

HIST 10100-10136. INTRODUCTION TO HISTORICAL INVESTIGATION (when topic focuses on Russian history) [W, some sections count toward C, HSS]

RUSS 20100: Intermediate Russian (Level III) 

Review and enhancement of basic grammar; practice through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Attention to reading strategies. Exposure to cultural material. Four hours per week. Prerequisite: RUSS 10200 or placement. Annually. Fall.

RUSS 20200: Intermediate Russian (Level IV)

Continuation of RUSS 20100, with still greater emphasis on speaking, reading, and writing. Cultural content. Prerequisite: RUSS 20100. Annually. Spring.

RUSS 21000: Russian Civilization: From Folklore to Philosophy (Comparative Literature)

An introductory and interdisciplinary study of fundamental aspects of Russian culture from medieval Russia through the post-Soviet era, with emphasis on the changing and evolving concept of Russian identity over the centuries. A broad range of texts will include folktales, memoirs, fiction, painting, poetry, philosophy, music and film. Every three years. Fall 2012. [W, C, AH]

RUSS 22000: Russian Culture Through Film (Comparative Literature, Film Studies)

An introduction to twentieth-century Russian society and culture through the medium of cinema, covering the immediate pre- and post-revolutionary periods, Stalinism, the post-Stalin “thaw,” stagnation under Brezhnev, Gorbachev’s “perestroika” and “glasnost,” and the post-communist era. Weekly screenings of films will be supplemented with readings in Russian film theory and criticism. Every three years. Not offered 2012-2013. [C, AH]

RUSS 24001: Imagining Russia: Siberia (Environmental Studies)*

Russia is the largest country in the world, occupying more than 10 percent of the world's landmass.  Russian culture is best understood through the study of its diverse spaces: the cities and the countryside, Europe and Asia, sublime mountains, vast plains and endless forests.  This course focuses on geo-political and cultural space as reflected in Russian literature, film, music, and visual arts.  Students explore setting and imagined geography by drawing connections between literary and cinematic text and cultural, historical, and geographical space.  In alternate years, the course will focus on the following topics: Siberia, Moscow and St. Petersburg, The Urals and The Caucasus. May be repeated once for credit. [C, AH] *Environmental credit granted upon completion of relevant final project.


19th-century Russia exploded with literary activity. It generated some of the greatest masterpieces world literature has witnessed. This course will examine the most prominent authors of the period: Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Turgenev and Chekhov. They celebrate and satirize the elite’s worldly and intellectual pursuits, and lovingly bemoan the simplicity of provincial life. They glorify monarchs while inspiring revolutions. They expose crushing bureaucracy, yet search for redemption in prostitutes’ quarters. Looking for love, their characters find both life and death. Taught in English. [C, AH]

RUSS 26000: The Artist and the Tyrant: Twentieth-Century Russian Literature (Comparative Literature)

Russian literature developed side by side with the myths and horrors of a cataclysmic twentieth century. In this course, we will read some of the most powerful artistic meditations on the collapse of imperial Russia, on the dream and nightmare of the Soviet experiment, and on the search for dignity and meaning in the post-Soviet contemporary world. Authors include Nobel laureates Pasternak, Bunin, Solzhenitsyn and Brodsky. We will also read novels by Bulgakov and Nabokov, short stories from a host of writers from Babel to Petrushevksaya, and some of the major poetry of the era in translation. Every three years. Not offered 2012-2013. [C, AH]

RUSS 29900: Putin and the New Gender Order in Russia (Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies)

This course invesitgates how the particular form of hypermasculinity, championed most sensationally by Vladimir Putin, came to dominate the contemporary gender order in Russia.  Using Judith Butler and Raewyn Connell's influential contributions to gender studies, this course analyzes the shifting role of men and women before, during and after the Soviet Union.  Students will explore how early revolutionary Soviet discourse supporting gender equality gave way to women's double burden and led to crisis of masculinity.  This course will trace the ideological development of the 20th and 21st century Russian gender order, with particular attention paid to "the woman question" in early Soviet discourse, the heroic father figure of the Soviet Union, the crisis of masculinity in the late Soviet period and the emergence of Vladimir Putin's particular brand of hypermasculinity.  [C, AH]

RUSS 29902: Introduction to Linguistics

This course introduces students to the field of Linguistics, the  scientfic study of language.  They will learn abou the two primary approaches to the study of language (functionalism and formailist), learn about the sounds of language (phonetics and phonology), how languages put together words (morphology) and sentences (syntax), and the meaning of words and sentences (semantics and pragmatics). A special emphasis will be placed on sociolinguistics and historical linguistics: how linguists study variation and change in all of the above.  Other topics to be covered include language acquisition and psychlinguistics.  This course is taught in English and is cross listed in several other departments.

RUSS 29903: Topics in Advanced Russian

This course examines several major cultural modes of production of Russia, while developing your reading, listening, speaking and writing abilities in Russian.  This class will focus on developing high-level oral and written communication skills that will enable you to study and critically evalute authentic materials from the target culture.  Materials include Russian Fairytales, contemporary Russian media reports on topical issues in politics and society, as well as Russian films.  This course is open to students who have completed Russian 20200 or equivalent and to students with heritage knowledge of the Russian language. 

HIST 23000: Russia to 1900 [C, HSS]

HIST 23300: Russia since 1900 [C, HSS]

HIST 30100-30142: Problems in History (when topic focuses on Russian history) [C, R, HSS]

RUSS 40000: Tutorial

Individually supervised advanced language learning. By prior arrangement with the department only.
Prerequisite: RUSS 20200 or equivalent; the approval of both the supervising faculty member and the chairperson is required prior to registration.

RUSS 40100: Independent Study

Bibliographical and research methods in Russian Studies, including the preparation of one longer research paper. Normally taken Semester II of the junior year.

RUSS 45100: Senior Independent Study - Semester One

The first semester of the Senior Independent Study project, in which each student engages in creative and independent research of a specific topic in Russian Studies guided by a faculty mentor and which culminates in a thesis and an oral examination in the second semester. Prerequisite: RUSS 40100.

RUSS 45200: Senior Independent Study - Semester One

The second semester of the Senior Independent Study project, which culminates in the thesis and an oral examination. Prerequisite: RUSS 45100.