Proficiency in the Russian language is a key component of the RES major. The Russian course offerings range from beginning to advanced. Students may choose to specialize in a literature or social science track, or combine Russian and Eurasian Studies with another program of study.
Olga Voronina, Program Director and Associate Professor of Russian. Photo by China Jorrin '86
To moderate into RES, a student must complete the following course requirements:
- at least 12 credits of Russian language (native or heritage speakers should consult with their adviser to determine how the language requirement will be adjusted),
- one course in Russian literature, and
- one course from the Division of Social Studies in Russian or Eurasian studies (i.e., history, politics, economics, religion).
Native or heritage speakers of Russian should consult with their adviser to determine how the language requirement will be adjusted.
- Students should demonstrate language proficiency equivalent to at least the third-year level of Russian. This means taking the second-year Russian sequence, plus at least one third-year Russian course, followed by at least one second-level course and two third- or fourth-level courses.
- At least 12 additional credits (three courses) are required in the student’s primary Russian Studies track (either literature or social science). One of these courses must be at the 300 level or above (a major seminar with a substantial research paper). Since the RES curriculum strives for balance and breadth, it is also recommended that one of these courses treat Russia, Eastern Europe, or Eurasia in a comparative context.
- Also required are at least 4 credits (one additional course) in the other Russian Studies track (either literature or social science).
- Senior Project