Major Requirements

A major in Russian Area Studies consists of a minimum of eight units. Majors are normally required to take four units of the Russian language above the 100 level(other than RUSS 203 and RUSS 303): RUSS 201-202 and RUSS 301-302.

In addition, a major’s program should consist of at least four non-language units drawn from Russian Area Studies, Russian history, literature, and politics, as well as relevant courses in anthropology and comparative literature (see listings on courses page). At least two of a major’s units should come from outside the Russian department and the Comparative Literature program. Majors are normally required to take at least two units of 300-level coursework, at least one of which should be drawn from outside the Russian department.

Goals for the Major

  • an informed understanding of Russia’s and Eurasia’s place in today’s world, the goals and values espoused by its leadership, and the challenges the region faces
  • a learned appreciation of the vast diversity of the broad Eurasian space, which for millennia has been inhabited by a multitude of peoples an understanding of how those peoples and cultures have interacted over time
  • a familiarity with the basic structures and dynamics of Russian and Eurasian historical development, including the nature of autocracy, dictatorship and empire a proficiency in the Russian language sufficient for advanced study of its rich literary canon
  • a familiarity with enough classic Russian literature and other cultural works for an understanding of the major themes in Russian culture of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
  • experience in critical reading, writing essays and oral communication
  • a critical knowledge of methods used by scholars of literature, history and the social sciences