RUS 101   Beginning Russian

Marina Kostalevsky

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12:00 -1:00 pm

11:00 -1:00 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.  Class size: 18



RUS 207   Continuing Russian II

Olga Voronina

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10:30 - 11:30 am

OLIN 309


This course is designed to continue refining and engaging students’ practice of speaking, reading and writing Russian. Advanced grammar topics are addressed through a wide variety of texts and contexts, with emphasis on literary analysis and the modern press. Students expand their vocabulary and range of stylistic nuance by writing response  papers and presenting oral reports. Study includes a semester-long project that provides an opportunity to build our own Web design dictionary; to research aspects of modern Russian culture; and to present findings in a collaborative creative effort, such as a play, “news broadcast”, or a concert.   Class size: 18



RUS 315   Advanced Russian through Reading  and Writing

Oleg Minin

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10:30 - 11:30 am

OLIN 107


Advanced Russian through the nineteenth- and twentieth-century prose and poetry is designed for students with at least two years of study of the language and for heritage speakers who wish to review their knowledge of grammar and practice reading and speaking Russian. The course aims to build the students' vocabulary and improve their morphology and syntax through a variety of written and oral exercises as well as structured conversation. Literary texts by Russia's leading writers will help us build narrative and conceptual proficiency. They will contribute to such important areas of language study as creative composition, talking about emotions and identity, and becoming familiar with Russia's traditions and culture. Class size: 15



RUS 416   The Language of Russian


Oleg Minin

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1:30 -2:50 pm



This course will give students insight into the language, innovative linguistic experimentations, theoretical expositions and thematic preoccupations of writers and poets personifying major literary and artistic movements of the Russian Silver Age and Avant-Garde. It advances by examination of particular works, ideas and “isms” of the period (e.g. Symbolism, Futurism, Cubo - and Ego-Futurism, Trans-sense poetry (Zaum’), Acmeism, Imagism and OBERIU). Conducted entirely in Russian, the course aims to enhance the students’ proficiency in the key areas of advanced conversation and grammar as well as help them with vocabulary acquisition, critical writing and speaking.   Class size: 15