Russian Courses - Fall 2021

Language Courses

RUS 001: Elementary Russian
RUS 004: Intermediate Russian

Undergraduate Courses

RUS 101A: Advanced Russian
Liliana Avramenko

Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Extensive Writing. Prerequisite(s): RUS 006; or Consent of Instructor. Topics in Russian. Grammar for the advanced student. Reading and discussion of journalistic texts and classic and contemporary literature. Conversation exercises utilizing literary and colloquial variants of current Russian speech. GE credit: AH, WC.

Upper-division Russian Electives

RUS 102: Advanced Composition
Instructor: Victoria Juharyan, Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian
Day/Time: Tu/Th, 10:30-11:50 a.m.
CRN: 52948

In this course, students will hone their Russian writing skills in a number of different styles and genres, including both non-fiction and creative writing, building on a foundation of language learning. In addition to academic writing, students will write newspaper articles according to journalistic guidelines, study Russian versification, and experiment with producing their own poems or short stories in Russian. For examples and guidance, we will read and analyze works by such well-known Russian authors as Anton Chekhov, Anna Akhmatova, and Vladimir Mayakovsky, as well as have Zoom conversations with contemporary Russian writers. Taught in Russian.

GE credit: AH, WC, WE

RUS 150: Russian Culture
Instructor: Victoria Juharyan, Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian
Day/Time: Tu/Th, 3:10-4:30 pm
CRN: 52949

This course will examine major elements of Russian culture from the establishment of Kievan Rus in the ninth century to the Russian Revolution. We will sample poetry, prose, drama, political manifestoes, speeches, films, and performances that will help us conceptualize the historical epochs we study. Methodologically, the course is both intergeneric (journalism and fiction) and multidisciplinary (literature, film, visual art). Another aspect of our inquiry will be philosophy and the history of ideas. The course will introduce students to the history of Russian thought from the Enlightenment to Marxism. We will closely study such seminal texts for Russian culture as Nikolay Leskov’s “The Tale of the Crosseyed Lefthander from Tula and the Steel Flea,” Nikolay Gogol’s short stories “The Nose,” and “The Overcoat,” as well as his play The Government Inspector, and selections from Pushkin, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and Chekhov. No knowledge of Russian required.

GE credit: AH, OL, VL, WC, WE