• RUSS 101: Elementary Russian

    For students with no previous training in or minimal knowledge of Russian. Simultaneous development of skills in speaking, reading, aural comprehension, writing. Students with prior instruction or who speak Russian at home should consult the department for placement information. Class meets five days a week. 6 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2022 · Anna Dotlibova, Laura Goering
  • RUSS 102: Elementary Russian

    Continues Russian 101. Prerequisites: Russian 101 or equivalent 6 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2023 · Anna Dotlibova, Victoria Thorstensson
  • RUSS 103: Elementary Russian

    Concludes introductory method of Russian 101-102. Prerequisites: Russian 102 or equivalent 6 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2023 · Laura Goering
  • RUSS 107: Moscow Program: Beginning Grammar

    This course will focus on continued study of the fundamentals of Russian grammar, vocabulary expansion, and activation. This course is conducted by members of Moscow State University Philological Faculty and supervised by the program director. Prerequisites: For students who have just recently begun their study of the Russian language, having completed or tested beyond elementary Russian 102. 4 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; not offered 2022–2023
  • RUSS 108: Moscow Program: Beginning Phonetics

    This course is taken in combination with Russian 107. Students focus on the essentials of Russian pronunciation with preliminary work in intonation. This course is conducted by members of Moscow State University Philological Faculty and supervised by the program director. 2 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; not offered 2022–2023
  • RUSS 109: Moscow Program: Beginning Conversation

    This course is taken in combination with Russian 107. Emphasis on socially relevant material. This course is conducted by members of Moscow State University Philological Faculty and supervised by the program director. 3 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; not offered 2022–2023
  • RUSS 204: Intermediate Russian

    Continued four-skill development using texts and resources from a variety of sources. Emphasis on communicative skills. Prerequisites: Russian 103 or equivalent 6 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2022 · Victoria Thorstensson
  • RUSS 205: Russian in Cultural Contexts

    In this course students continue to develop skills of narration, listening comprehension, and writing, while exploring issues of contemporary Russian life and consciousness. The issues are examined from the position of two cultures: American and Russian. The course draws on a variety of sources for reading and viewing, including the periodic press, film, and music. Prerequisites: Russian 204 or equivalent 6 credits; International Studies, Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2023 · Victoria Thorstensson
  • RUSS 207: Moscow Program: Intermediate Grammar

    This course aims at vocabulary expansion and the assimilation and activation of formulaic conversational structures and speech etiquette at the same time it develops familiarity with more complex principles of Russian grammar. This course is conducted by members of Moscow State University Philological Faculty and supervised by the program director. Prerequisites: Russian 205 or equivalent 4 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; not offered 2022–2023
  • RUSS 208: Moscow Program: Intermediate Phonetics

    This course is taken in combination with Russian 207. Students focus on the essentials of Russian pronunciation and correction. Preliminary work in intonation will be offered. This course is conducted by members of Moscow State University Philological Faculty and supervised by the program director. 2 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; not offered 2022–2023
  • RUSS 209: Moscow Program: Intermediate Conversation

    This course is taken in combination with Russian 207. Emphasis will be placed on socially relevant reading materials. This course is conducted by members of Moscow State University Philological Faculty and supervised by the program director. 3 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; not offered 2022–2023
  • RUSS 226: Moscow Program: Russia’s Hallowed Places

    This course explores localities in Russia that have acquired the significance of hallowed or sacred places, the reasons underlying their designation, and the diversity of belief systems they embody. Localities considered include places in and around Moscow (some holy, others cursed), the routes of literary heroes (and their creators) in St. Petersburg, sites of legendary historical significance in Central Russia, and the “sacred sea” of Siberia, Lake Baikal, and its Buryat-Mongol shamanist-Buddhist environs. Course materials: readings, films, excursions, lectures, and travel. Student learning is assessed through occasional quizzes, weekly discussions, and integrative blog writing assignments. Prerequisites: Acceptance in Russian OCS Program 6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; not offered 2022–2023
  • RUSS 237: Beyond Beef Stroganoff: Food in Russian Culture

    How did the Russian peasant stove shape culinary culture? Why did Catherine the Great force her subjects to cultivate potatoes? How did the October Revolution change the way Soviet citizens ate? In this course we will study key aspects of Russian history and culture through the lens of culinary history. Topics will include: food and fasting in Russian Orthodoxy; food, class and power under the tsars; high Russian (or is it French?) culture of the nineteenth century; Soviet policies for feeding the worker; non-Russian cuisines in the Soviet Union; drinking culture and anti-alcohol campaigns; food and nationalism in the twenty-first century. Includes hands-on sessions on Russian food preparation. In English.

    6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; offered Winter 2023 · Laura Goering
  • RUSS 244: The Rise of the Russian Novel

    From the terse elegance of Pushkin to the psychological probing of Dostoevsky to the finely wrought realism of Tolstoy, this course examines the evolution of the genre over the course of the nineteenth century, ending with a glimpse of things to come on the eve of the Russian Revolution. Close textual analysis of the works will be combined with exploration of their historical and cultural context. No prior knowledge of Russian or Russian history is required. 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement, International Studies; not offered 2022–2023
  • RUSS 261: Lolita

    Rejected by every major publisher, first released in France in 1955 by a press known for pornographic trash, Vladimir Nabokov’s scandalous novel about a middle-aged immigrant college professor obsessed with a twelve-year-old girl continues to feed controversy as well as to challenge and delight readers with its labyrinthian narrative, endless wordplay, innumerable intertextual allusions, and troublesome eroticism. In addition to reading the novel, we will focus on critical approaches that address the cultural clash underlying the ostensible plot, changing reception, and reception of the novel outside the US. Thus warned, you are invited to join the jury in deliberating the designs and delights of this twentieth-century literary classic.

    3 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; not offered 2022–2023
  • RUSS 266: Dostoevsky

    An introduction to the works of Dostoevsky. Readings include Poor Folk, Notes from the Underground, and The Brothers Karamazov. Conducted entirely in English.

    Prerequisites: No prerequisites and no knowledge of Russian literature or history required. 3 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Spring 2023 · Laura Goering
  • RUSS 267: War and Peace

    Close reading and discussion of Tolstoy’s magnum opus. Conducted entirely in English.

    Prerequisites: No prerequisites and no knowledge of Russian literature or history required. 3 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Spring 2023 · Laura Goering
  • RUSS 280: 1917

    Short texts in a variety of genres connected with the momentous events of 1917 provide the basis for continued development of reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. 

    Prerequisites: Instructor permission required. Waitlist only. Russian 205 or 293 required. Not open to students who have received credit for a 300-level Russian course. 2 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement, International Studies; not offered 2022–2023
  • RUSS 301: Current Events in the Russophone Media

    In weekly meetings we will discuss in Russian current events taking place in Russia and around the world as reported by the Russophone online media. Emphasis will be on reading, listening, and conversation. Vocabulary building by topics; grammar as needed.

    Prerequisites: Completion of or concurrent registration in Russian 205 or instructor consent 3 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement, International Studies; not offered 2022–2023
  • RUSS 307: Moscow Program: Advanced Grammar

    This course combines advanced work in Russian grammar (largely corrective) and fundamentals in composition, with conversational Russian. Prerequisites: At least 6-12 credits beyond Russian 205/206. 4 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; not offered 2022–2023
  • RUSS 308: Moscow Program: Advanced Phonetics and Intonation

    This course is taken in combination with Russian 307. Students focus on corrective pronunciation and theory and practice of Russian intonation. This course is conducted by members of Moscow State University Philological Faculty and supervised by the program director. 2 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; not offered 2022–2023
  • RUSS 309: Moscow Program: Advanced Practicum

    This course aims at skill development in speaking and oral presentation as well as in limited forms of composition. It is taken in combination with Russian 307 and conducted by members of Moscow State University Philological Faculty and supervised by the program director.

    Prerequisites: Russian 205 and 6 credits in Russian at the 330 level 3 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; not offered 2022–2023
  • RUSS 331: The Wonderful World of Russian Animation

    Beginning in the 1910’s, Russian and then the Soviet Union was home to some of the most creative and innovative animated films in the world. In this course we will examine selected animated shorts in the context of Russian history and culture. Topics to be considered include the roots of animated film in the folk tale, the role of cartoons in educating the model Soviet child, the language of Soviet colonial discourse, and the ways in which post-Soviet animated films perpetuated or subverted past traditions. 

    Prerequisites: Russian 205 or consent of the instructor 3 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Fall 2022 · Anna Dotlibova
  • RUSS 332: Chekhov in Film, Film in Chekhov

    Chekhov’s literary oeuvre appeared at the same moment as the birth of cinematography, and the two are closely intertwined. His art rests on what Sergei Eisenstein called the central principle of film: montage, visuality, the constant changing of shots, and dislocation in time and space. It is no wonder that Chekhov’s stories were adapted for the screen in record numbers: to date we count 235 film adapations plus 10 animated films. In this course we will read several of his best short stories, view films based on his works, and analyze the cinematographic qualities of Chekhov’s prose.

    Prerequisites: Russian 205 or instructor’s permission 3 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Winter 2023 · Anna Dotlibova
  • RUSS 341: From Folktale to Fanfiction: Russian Short Prose

    In addition to its well-known “doorstop novels,” Russia has a rich tradition of short fiction. This course presents a sampling of prose genres, from nineteenth-century classic folktales and short stories to contemporary works in which twentieth- and twenty first-century writers play with tradition. Conducted in Russian.

    Prerequisites: Russian 205 or the equivalent 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; not offered 2022–2023
  • RUSS 342: Post-Soviet film

    A study of selected post-Soviet films in their historical and cultural context. Conducted in Russian.

    Prerequisites: Russian 205 or instructor consent 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; not offered 2022–2023
  • RUSS 345: Russian Cultural Idioms of the Nineteenth Century

    An introduction to the names, quotations, and events that every Russian knows–knowledge which is essential to understanding Russian literature, history, and culture of the last two centuries. We will study the works of Russian writers (Griboedov and Pushkin, Leskov and Dostoevsky), composers (Glinka, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-­Korsakov, and Tchaikovsky), artists (Briullov, Ivanov, the Itinerants) and actors (Mochalov, Shchepkin) in the context of social thought and the social movements of the nineteenth century. Conducted in Russian.

    Prerequisites: Russian 205 or permission of the instructor. 6 credits; International Studies, Literary/Artistic Analysis; not offered 2022–2023
  • RUSS 351: Chekhov

    A study of Chekhov’s short fiction, both as an object of literary analysis and in the interpretation of critics, stage directors and filmmakers of the twentieth century. We will also examine the continuation of the Chekhovian tradition in the works of writers such as Bunin, Petrushevskaia and Pietsukh. Conducted in Russian. Prerequisites: Russian 205 or permission of the instructor 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; not offered 2022–2023
  • RUSS 400: Integrative Exercise

    1 credit; S/NC; offered Fall 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023