101, 102 Elementary Russian
Prerequisite for 102: Russian 101 or equivalent. Reading, listening, and speaking skills are emphasized. Introduction of the Cyrillic alphabet, formation of basic pronunciation and reading skills, introduction to the cases of nouns and adjectives, and Russian verbs in present, past, and future tenses. 101 offered each spring; 102 offered each fall
201 Intermediate Russian I (LA)
Prerequisite: 102. The emphasis of this course will be on grammar for listening and reading comprehension. Students will be introduced to complex sentences, passive voice, certain forms of the subjunctive and usage of the infinitives. Conversational skills will continue to be developed. Offered each spring
202 Intermediate Russian II (G)
Prerequisite: 201. Conversational skills continue to be developed, especially for narration and dialogue in the past and future tenses. Writing skills will be developed; exposition will be used as a main form in development of writing skills. Conversational topics will incorporate authentic materials. Offered each fall
LC242 Strangers in Their Own Home: Yiddish Culture of Eastern Europe (IT, G)
This course will examine the intellectual traditions that influence the growth and development of Yiddish culture between 1800 and the present. The focus will be placed on traditional values in the life of the Jewish community in Russia and Eastern Europe, their positive as well as restrictive impact on individual Jewish experience. The study of the intellectual traditions will be reflected through three major area of human experience: literature, arts, and film. Texts will be read in English translation. Offered in alternate years.
LC245 Russian Culture and Society Through Film (CH, G)
This course will acquaint students with Russian cultural history focusing on the tremendous changes in the country from the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 to the present. The films selected for viewing and class discussions demonstrate cultural and socio-political conditions unique to Russia. Covers major events in the history of Soviet culture and the rapid and unpredictable changes in contemporary Russia. Offered in alternate years, fall semester
LC247 Fairy Tales of the 20th Century (AV)
This course analyzes the ethical and philosophical values expressed through the early forms of culture-myth and folklore. It analyzes the transformation of the fairy tale into the literature, film, and popular beliefs of the 20th Century. Discussions are based on Russian fairy tales, literary texts, art, music and film, as well as Western interpretations of the traditional fairy tale values. All lectures and discussion are in English. Offered in alternate years, spring semester
LC250 Dangerous Texts: Russian Literature and Politics (LT, G)
This course will examine in translation “dangerous texts” of the 19th and 20th century. Students will learn which characteristics of texts and their authors were seen as threats; how these threats were dealt with; and how all of these factors affected the very nature of writing and reading in Russia. The reading list includes works by: Pushkin, Gogol, Dosteyvsky, Chekhov, Bulgakov and Mayakovsky. Offered in alternate years, fall semester
LC272 Perpetual Future: Utopian Ideas in Russian and East German Cultures (IT)
This course traces the development of utopian thought in the 19th and 20th centuries as it manifested itself in Russia and later in East Germany. Special attention will be given to the dialogue between utopia, dystopoia, and anti-utopia in Russia and (East) German literature, political texts, film, art and music, as well as examples from the Unites States and England. The future of the utopian ideal will be discussed as well in the contexts of post-communist culture. All lectures, readings, and discussions are in English. Offered in alternate years, spring semester.
301 Advanced Russian Conversation and Composition I
Prerequisite: 202 A course designed to strengthen grammar for reading and writing. Authentic texts will include newspapers and expository prose about history and politics. Offered in alternate years.
LC347 The Moral Impulse in Russian Culture: Reading Leo Tolstoy (AV)
Leo Tolstoy considered his primary task as a writer to influence and to shape the morality of the Russian nation. He viewed the family as the primary source of the moral development of the human being. The course will examine two of his works, Anna Karenina and The Kreutzer Sonata, and focus on family values—the questions of love, adultery, and moral responsibility—as they are expressed in these works. All lectures and discussions are in English. Offered occasionally
LC350 Terrible Perfection: Women in Russian Literature and Film (IT, G)
In this course, we will examine the development of female characters in Russian literature and cinema. Special attention will be given to the women’s role in Russian culture, society, and history. The course will focus on the investigation of the relationship between women and cultural traditions and women and political oppression. A wide range of Russian/Soviet texts and films will be presented. Offered occasionally
Prerequisites: career education 300Y and language proficiency at the 302 level. Allows opportunities for students to apply linguistic and cultural skills in a professional context in a wide variety of professional areas and locations, including local, domestic, and international sites. Offered as needed
499 Independent Study
Prerequisite: consent of the instructor required. A major research project related to the study of Russian language, culture, or literature under the close supervision of a faculty member. Offered as needed.