Russian Area Studies Major

Goals for the Russian Area Studies Major

Successful Russian Area Studies majors can:

Requirements for the Russian Area Studies Major

A major in Russian Area Studies consists of a minimum of eight units. Majors are normally required to take RUSS 201-RUSS 202 and at least two of the following courses: RUSS 301, RUSS 302, RUSS 305, RUSS 306. 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 comparative literature (see listings below). 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 course work, at least one of which should be drawn from outside the Russian department.

Honors in Russian Area Studies

Seniors who wish to graduate with honors in the major must write an honors thesis. Applicants for honors must have a minimum 3.5 GPA in all work in the major field above the 100 level; the department may petition on her behalf if her GPA in the major is between 3.0 and 3.5. Interested students should discuss their ideas and plans with their advisor, the program chair, or a member of the advisory committee as early as possible in their junior year.

International Study and Graduate Study in Russian Area Studies

Majors are encouraged to take advantage of various programs of study in the former Soviet Union, including the opportunity to spend a semester or year on exchange at a university in Russia or one of the other former Soviet republics. Majors who are contemplating postgraduate academic or professional careers in Russian Area Studies are encouraged to consult with faculty advisors, who will assist them in planning an appropriate sequence of courses. For more information on the Russian Area Studies program, students may consult the Wellesley College Russian Area Studies Web pages: www.wellesley.edu/russianareastudies.

Courses for Credit Toward the Russian Area Studies Major

CPLT 284 Magical Realism

1.0

HIST 246 Vikings, Icons, Mongols, and Tsars

1.0

HIST 247 Splendor and Serfdom: Russia Under the Romanovs

1.0

HIST 248 The Soviet Union: A Tragic Colossus

1.0

HIST 302 Seminar: World War II as Memory and Myth

1.0

POL2 206 The Politics of Russia and Eurasia

1.0

RUSS 251 The Nineteenth-Century Russian Classics: Passion, Pain, Perfection (in English)

1.0

RUSS 272 Battle for the Russian Soul: Ideology and the Nineteenth-Century Russian Novel (in English)

1.0

RUSS 276 Fedor Dostoevsky: The Seer of Spirit (in English)

1.0

RUSS 277 Lev Tolstoy: Russia's Ecclesiast (in English)

1.0

RUSS 286 Vladimir Nabokov (in English)

1.0

RUSS 333 Nineteenth-Century Russian Narrative Poetry: Tales of Mystery and Adventure (in Russian)

0.5

RUSS 376 Fedor Dostoevsky's Short Stories (in Russian)

0.5

RUSS 377 Lev Tolstoy's Short Stories (in Russian)

0.5

RUSS 386 Vladimir Nabokov's Short Stories (in Russian)

0.5

HIST 116Y First-Year Seminar: Vladimir Putin: Personage, President, Potentate

1.0

RUSS 255 The Most Important Art: Russian and Soviet Film (in English)

1.0

RUSS 378 Mourning for Life: The Short Stories and Plays of Anton Chekhov

0.5

 

In addition to the courses listed above, students are encouraged to incorporate the rich offerings of MIT and Brandeis into their Russian Area Studies programs.