RUS 101   Beginning Russian

Marina Kostalevsky

M T W Th .

3:00 -4:00 pm



A course for students with little or no previous knowledge of Russian that introduces the fundamentals of the spoken and written language as well as Russian culture. We will emphasize conversation, reading, and written proficiency and encourage creative expression in autobiographical and fictional compositions. Audio-visual materials will be an integral part of the learning process. In addition to regular class meetings, students are required to attend a one-hour-per-week tutorial. Beginning Russian will be followed by an intensive 8-credit course in the spring semester and a 4-credit summer language and culture program in St. Petersburg, Russia.   



RUS 206   Continuing Russian

Tamara Mikhailova

M . W . F

10:30 - 11:50 am



This course is designed to continue refining and engaging students' practice of speaking, reading, and writing Russian. Students will expand their vocabulary and range of stylistic nuance by writing regular response papers and presenting oral reports. Increasing oral proficiency is a primary aim of this course, as well as developing reading and viewing strategies appropriate to the widest variety of written texts and Russian television and film. We will focus on the syntax of the complex Russian sentence and on grammatical nuances. The class will be conducted in Russian.  



RUS 409   Russian Poetry

Marina Kostalevsky

. . W . .

9:30 - 11:50 am



This course offers a historical study of Russian versification, the technical aspects of poetry, structural analysis of poetic texts, and translation of selected poems. Poets studied include Pushkin, Lermontov, Baratynsky, Tyutchev, Fet, Blok, Akhmatova, Mandelstam,  Tsvetaeva, Tarkovsky, Pasternak, Mayakovsky, Brodsky, and Rein. Conducted in Russian.