RUS 102

 beginning Russian II

Olga Voronina

M T W Th  9:00 am-10:00 am



This course is designed as a continuation for students who have completed Beginning Russian 101. Our focus on speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills continues through cultural context, video materials, songs, and literary analysis. Successful completion of the sequence qualifies students to enroll in a 4-week June program in St. Petersburg, where they will attend classes (earning an additional 4 credits) and participate in a cultural program while living in Russian families. It also enables them to pursue a semester or year-long study in St. Petersburg at Smolny College of the Liberal Arts, a joint educational venture of Bard and the St. Petersburg University.   Class size: 20



RUS 202

 Intermediate Russian II

Oleg Minin

M T Th    10:30 am-11:30 am

OLIN 309


This course is designed to continue refining students’ practice of speaking, listening, reading and writing in Russian. The focus is on the continuing acquisition of advanced grammar, pertinent vocabulary as well as reading and conversational skills enabling students to communicate effectively within the topics of everyday importance. Accuracy in using basic grammar constructions in speaking and writing in Russian is pursued and encouraged. Advanced grammar constructions are introduced through a wide variety of adapted texts and contexts. In addition to textbook material, students will be assigned readings of authentic and adapted Russian literary and journalistic texts: pertinent discussions, assignments as well as written and oral responses will entail elements of literary analysis and critique. Class size: 18



RUS 423

“ROCK-N-ROLL IS DEAD BUT I AM NOT YET”:  Russian thru Music & Culture

Oleg Minin

M W      1:30 pm-2:50 pm



Designed to enhance students’ mastery of the Russian language and improve their cultural awareness, this course examines key developments, personalities and texts in Russian popular music and culture c. 1960 to the present. While certain concepts, genres and themes remain central (i.e. Russian singer-songwriter tradition; Popular Soviet Song; Rock-n-roll as Entertainment and Music of Social Protest; Russian chanson and the prison subculture; the Russian anecdote and comedy), the course also explores cultural marginalia, such as select popular television programs and game and talk shows of the post-Soviet era. Conducted in Russian, the course focuses on students’ understanding of advanced Russian grammar in context and acquisition of new vocabulary and idiomatic expressions.  Class size: 15