Elementary Russian 1 - RUSS 101
Sidney Dement, Nancy Tittler
Russian is a living language! We will concentrate primarily on oral communication, as well as listening reading and writing skills. By semester's end, students should be able to converse on a number of everyday topics, including getting acquainted, daily activities, education, family, clothing. In addition to learning to talk about their own lives, students will gain an understanding of these areas of contemporary Russian life. Grammar elements to be mastered include the first three noun + adjective cases, past-and present-tense verbs and an introduction to verbs of motion. Class meetings will be devoted to intensive oral practice. Background grammar and vocabulary material, as well as listening exercises will be prepared at home, so that you may raise questions and reinforce in class what you have learned from your reading. Offered in the Fall only. For students with no prior knowledge of Russian.
Russian Culture and Civilization - RUSS 110
We will examine the myths, traditions and events that have shaped the Russians' view of themselves as a people, as well as the image of Russia on the world stage, from earliest beginnings to the present day. Three weekly lecture-discussions will incorporate literature, film, visual arts, music and other cultural artifacts. Students will be encouraged to express and reexamine their own notions of culture and national identity in general, and of Russia and the Russians in particular. By semester's end, students should be able to demonstrate understanding of Russians' cultural reactions to the political and social events that have shaped their history, from pre-Christian Slavdom through Klevan and Muscovite civilizations, the Imperial, Soviet and post-Soviet eras, as well as the increasing segmentation of their social structure through the centuries. This course counts as an 'H'
Intermediate Russian 1 - RUSS 203
Continues from elementary Russian II and focuses on continued vocabulary acquisition, improved oral proficiency and greater grammatical accuracy. Aspects of Russian culture (film, stories, music) are incorporated, and students work on improving their ability to communicate in a broad range of situations. Emphasis divided among writing, speaking, listening and reading. Four hours per week. Grades are based on class participation and presentations, quizzes, examinations and written assignments. Prerequisites: RUSS 102 or three years of high school Russian. Not for native speakers of Russian.
Russian for Russians 1 - RUSS 211
Complete the gift your family gave you! Provides reading and writing skills for students who speak Russian but lack, or have minimal, literacy. Focuses intensively on grammar and spelling as well as reading, and assignments range from drills to journals and creative work. Prerequisites: Demonstrated oral proficiency in Russian.
Slavic Folklore - RUSS 215
Folklore is an enduring part of the human experience, connecting the distant human past with our contemporary lives in ways we do not always recognize. Folklore defines national, regional, class, and occupational identity and gives meaning to the life of a people (an "ethnos"), even in the modern period. The goal of our course is to explore the discipline of folkloristics using the content of Slavic folklore, comparing it at relevant times to our own American or European-rooted folklore. Content includes mythology; life, birth, and death rituals; calendrical festivals; folk tales; superstitions, proverbs, riddles, and other genres of the Slavic oral tradition. Course counts as 'C,' 'H'
Advanced Russian Reading & Composition 1 - RUSS 305
Acquisition of substantial vocabulary from various aspects of daily life; description of surroundings, character traits, interpersonal relations, cops-and-robbers, etc. Intensive speaking and writing practice; focus on developing a Russian writing style. Three hours a week; grades based on participation, quizzes, exams and written work. Prerequisites: RUSS 204 or equivalent. Not for native speakers.
19th-Century Russian Literature in Translation - RUSS 321
Through close reading and detailed textual analysis, students will become familiar with the development of Russian narrative prose in the nineteenth century, beginning with the question, "Why the nineteenth century?" and its reflection of universal as well as particularly Russian themes. In discussion and writing, students will display an understanding of basic literary terms, as presented in class and posted on Bb. Course counts as 'C,' 'H'