Effective Fall 2021, this POE will no longer be available. The following required course list is for those that are already enrolled in the program.

The Russian designated program of emphasis provides students with proficiency in the Russian language, a general knowledge of Russian and Slavic cultures, and the ability to engage in independent work on a scholarly topic of their own choosing. The program prepares students for graduate work in Russian and related fields and for a variety of international professions as well as for any profession requiring the ability to think independently and react to new environments. Students are encouraged to work with their advisor to develop a second concentration in International Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, International Business and Economics, History, Politics, Anthropology, Education, or any of the other Social Sciences. A Russian POE can also be combined with Pre-Law or Pre-Med.

  • A minimum of one semester and preferably one year of study abroad in a Russian-speaking country.
  • A minimum of 45 hours in Russian. No more than 11 of these 45 hours may be beginning or intermediate language courses (RU 110, 120, 210 or the equivalent).
  • After returning from study abroad, students will take at least one 300-level course in the language (other than the Senior Research Project).
  • Prior to the second semester of the student's senior year, he/she must demonstrate intermediate-high oral proficiency in Russian on the ACTFL scale.
  • The following courses must be taken. Alternative courses taken abroad may be substituted with departmental approval:

RU-110  Russian I
Fall; Yearly; 4 Credits; H, I; 
The basic introduction to the Russian program: correct speaking, reading and writing on the elementary level. Note:*Students receive H or I credit provided that they have not taken more than two years of the language at the secondary school level.  

Students will only receive H or I distribution if they have not taken more than two years of Russian at the secondary level.

RU-120  Russian II
Spring; Yearly; 4 Credits; H,I,CS,SWGLS; 
The continuation of the basic program with more intensive work in correct speaking, reading and writing. Note: advanced placement is by departmental discretion.  Prerequisite: RU110.

RU-210  Intermediate Russian
Variable; Yearly; 3 Credits; H,I,CS,SWGLS; 
The third course in the Russian-language sequence. Students further develop oral and written proficiency in Russian while learning about Russian life and culture.  Prerequisite: RU120.

RU 110, 120, 210 are waived if students place out of them, but no academic credit will be awarded. 

RU-230  Russian Conversation
Either Semester; Yearly; 3 Credits; H,I,CS; 
The intensive reading of literary and popular texts as a basis for composition and conversation.  Prerequisite: RU210.

WL-201 Language in Motion
Fall & Spring; Yearly; 1 Credit; H, I, CS, SW-LE; 
In this course, international students, study-abroad returnees, students with other international experiences, heritage speakers, and/or upper-level language students expand their knowledge of language and culture, process their own intercultural and language-learning experiences, and enrich local school classrooms. In addition to learning about teaching language and culture and the school context, students develop individual projects for presentation in school classrooms.  

Other Requirements
  • Six course in Slavic literature, cinema, or culture at the 200-level or above (at least four of which must be at the 300-level) 22-24 credits

RU-450  Senior Research Project I
Fall; Yearly; 3 Credits; H,I,CS; 
Involves two consecutive semesters of study. During the first semester the students will identify the topic of research, prepare a detailed abstract, gather the necessary materials and provide evidence that the bulk of the research has been completed. Students may undertake projects in teaching, literature, culture or linguistics. Other topics may also be possible. Projects may involve the participation of faculty in related disciplines.  Prerequisite: Take RU311 or RU321 or RU326 or RU335.

RU-451  Senior Research Project II
Spring; Variable; 3 Credits; H,I,CS; 
A continuation of RU450. During this semester students will complete their project by writing and defending an account of their work. The exact nature of this account will vary according to the nature of the project. However all accounts must be of significant length, reveal a sustained depth of thought, be fully documented, and be defended orally.  Prerequisite: RU450.

One of the following two courses:

IS-104   Ideas & Power in the Modern World
Spring; All Years; 4 Credits; H,I,CW,SWGH1; 
An integrative examination of human experience with an emphasis on language, gender, race, and literature and the ways in which different cultures and classes understand human reality.  

RU-209  Russian History
Variable; Yearly; 4 Credits; CA,CW,H,I,SWGH1; 
Studies the evolution of the Russian State and peoples from the earliest times. The examination continues through the Bolsheviks' seizure of power and the subsequent development of the USSR as a major world power.  Prerequisites: FYC-101, EN-110 or EN-109.

Required credit hours = 47-49

Total POE credit hours should not exceed 63