Advanced Placement: A score of 4 or 5 in a Language exam earns college credit and counts towards the language studies common area requirement. It also allows placement in RUSS 301, Russian Composition & Conversation. Students with AP credit who take a course below the level of RUSS 301 will forfeit the AP credit.

Successful completion of a course at or above the 300 level in the same language as the AP award will satisfy the language studies common area requirement. Students with AP credit in a modern language or literature earn placement in the curriculum but not progress toward the minimum number of courses required by the major. Students who take a course that duplicates the AP award in a language will forfeit the AP credit. Students with AP credit in the literature of a modern language will not be permitted to enroll in a course below the 300 level.

Students who have completed one year or less of high school Russian should enroll in RUSS 101; students who have completed two to four years of high school Russian should enroll in RUSS 201; students who received an AP score of 4 or 5 or who are heritage speakers should consult Russian Program faculty about enrolling in RUSS 301. See the Language Placement Flowchart on the Russian Program’s website for further guidance.

Majors: Students who are considering a Russian major or minor should enroll in the appropriate level language course based on the results of the placement test and/or consultation with Russian program faculty.

RUSS 101
Elementary Russian I
Common Area: Language Studies

The course is aimed at students with little or no previous experience in Russian.  Emphasis is placed on developing the basic aural/oral communication skills as well as reading and writing. Students will be able to read, write, speak, and understand the language in a broad range of everyday situations at the end of the second semester.  Various aspects of Russian life and culture will be introduced through the medium of Russian language.

RUSS 201
Intermediate Russian I
Common Area: Language Studies

This course is designed to activate the students’ spoken Russian. Reading, discussion, and situational activities provide dynamic application for the language. Movement, songs and interaction with real objects allow students to accelerate their learning. The class reviews basic grammar and introduces students to its more complex aspects.  Textbook and workbook are supplemented with multimedia.


RUSS 258
Russian Cinema
Common Area 1: Arts
Common Area 2: Cross Cultural

This course examines the development of Russian cinema from its silent pre-Revolutionary stage up to the Post-Soviet blockbusters. It focuses on the artistic and technical achievements of Russian filmmaking and their contribution to practical and theoretical aspects of western cinema. We will discuss the distinction between Russian cinema as an ideological tool of a totalitarian state, and western cinema as an entertainment industry. Screenings will include a variety of cinematic genres and styles such as Eisenstein's legendary The Battleship Potemkin (1925) and the Oscar-winning films Moscow Does not Believe in Tears (1979) and Burnt by the Sun (1994). Conducted in English.

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