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Many opportunities are open to students with qualifications in Russian and other Slavic studies. Students may be interested in the organization of human society, comparative literature, linguistics - Russian studies are highly relevant to all of these. In addition, because of similar problems in geography, climate, industrial and economic growth, Russian studies may have a particular fascination for the Canadian student. Since most Eastern European countries have academic exchange programs with Canada, well-qualified students should not encounter much difficulty in continuing their university studies in Russia or in Eastern Europe.

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Over the past few years many interesting career opportunities have opened in Russia and the former Soviet Republics as well as Eastern Europe. 

See the following for more information:

Minor Concentration in Russian (expandable) (18 credits)

The Minor Concentration in Russian will give students a basic working knowledge of Russian and the tools with which to explore Russian life and culture in the original. Students who can demonstrate to the Department that they have acquired the equivalent competence elsewhere may waive prerequisites for 300-level courses and above.

The Minor Concentration in Russian may be expanded to the Major Concentration in Russian.

Complementary Courses (18 credits)

18 credits to be chosen from:

RUSS 210    (3) Elementary Russian Language 1
RUSS 211    (3) Elementary Russian Language 2
RUSS 215*  (6) Elementary Russian Language Intensive 1
RUSS 300    (3) Russian for Heritage Speakers 1
RUSS 301    (3) Russian for Heritage Speakers 2
RUSS 310    (3) Intermediate Russian Language 1
RUSS 311    (3) Intermediate Russian Language 2
RUSS 316** (6) Intermediate Russian Language Intensive 2
RUSS 327    (3) Reading Russian Poetry
RUSS 328    (3) Readings in Russian
RUSS 400    (3) Advanced Russian Language 1
RUSS 401    (3) Advanced Russian Language 2
RUSS 415*** (6) Advanced Russian Language Intensive 1
RUSS 416    (6) Advanced Russian Language Intensive 2
RUSS 452    (3) Advanced Russian Language and Syntax 1
RUSS 453    (3) Advanced Russian Language and Syntax 2

*RUSS 215 is not open to students who have taken RUSS 210 and RUSS 211.
**RUSS 316 is not open to students who have taken RUSS 310 and RUSS 311.
***RUSS 415 is not open to students who have taken RUSS 400 and RUSS 401. 

Minor Concentration in Russian Culture (18 credits)

The Minor Concentration Russian Culture is designed primarily as an adjunct to area studies and/or programs in the humanities or social sciences. There are no Russian language requirements.

This program may be expanded into a Major Concentration in Russian.

Complementary Courses (18 credits)

Courses offered by LLC may be accepted subject to approval by the Department.

18 credits selected with the following specifications:

At least 6 credits from Group A
6-12 credits from Group B

Group A
At least 6 credits from:

RUSS 217 (3) Russia's Eternal Questions
RUSS 218 (3) Russian Literature in Revolution
RUSS 223 (3) Russian 19th Century: Literary Giants 1
RUSS 224 (3) Russian 19th Century: Literary Giants 2

Group B
6-12 credits from:

RUSS 229 (3) Introduction to Russian Folklore
RUSS 330 (3) Outlines of Russian Literature, 20th Century, NOTE: New course title: Chekhov Without Borders
RUSS 337 (3) Vladimir Nabokov
RUSS 340 (3) Russian Short Story
RUSS 357 (3) Leo Tolstoy
RUSS 358 (3) Fyodor Dostoevsky
RUSS 385 (3) Russian Drama, Note: New course title: Topics in Russian Performance
RUSS 390 (3) Special Topics in Russian
RUSS 427 (3) Russian Fin de Siècle
RUSS 428 (3) Russian Avantgarde
RUSS 430 (3) High Stalinist Culture 1
RUSS 440 (3) Russia and Its Others
RUSS 454 (3) Narratives of Desire
RUSS 475 (3) Special Topics in Russ Culture
RUSS 500 (3) Special Topics 

Major Concentration in Russian (36 credits)

The Major Concentration in Russian gives students a foundation in the language, literature, and culture of Russia from the 19th century to the present. It incorporates a balance of instruction in the Russian language, the opportunity to read selected texts in the original language, and to explore Russian language and culture through translated texts.

By arrangement with the Department and subject to University approval, transfer credits will be accepted from Department-approved exchange/immersion programs.

Complementary Courses (36 credits)

36 credits selected from the following specifications:

Group A: Russian Language (18 credits)

Students entering this program with previous knowledge of or exposure to Russian may, with permission of the Department, replace this group with selections from Group B or Group C.

18 credits selected from the following courses or their equivalent:

RUSS 210    (3) Elementary Russian Language 1
RUSS 211    (3) Elementary Russian Language 2
RUSS 215*   (6) Elementary Russian Language Intensive 1
RUSS 300    (3) Russian for Heritage Speakers 1
RUSS 301    (3) Russian for Heritage Speakers 2
RUSS 310    (3) Intermediate Russian Language 1
RUSS 311    (3) Intermediate Russian Language 2
RUSS 316** (6) Intermediate Russian Language Intensive 2
RUSS 327    (3) Reading Russian Poetry
RUSS 328    (3) Readings in Russian
RUSS 400    (3) Advanced Russian Language 1
RUSS 401    (3) Advanced Russian Language 2
RUSS 415*** (6) Advanced Russian Language Intensive 1
RUSS 416    (6) Advanced Russian Language Intensive 2
RUSS 452    (3) Advanced Russian Language and Syntax 1
RUSS 453    (3) Advanced Russian Language and Syntax 2

*RUSS 215 is not open to students who have taken RUSS 210 or RUSS 211.
**RUSS 316 is not open to students who have taken RUSS 310 or RUSS 311.
***RUSS 415 is not open to students who have taken RUSS 400 or RUSS 401.

Group B (9 credits)
9 credits selected from the following courses or their equivalent:

RUSS 217 (3) Russia's Eternal Questions
RUSS 218 (3) Russian Literature in Revolution
RUSS 223 (3) Russian 19th Century: Literary Giants 1
RUSS 224 (3) Russian 19th Century: Literary Giants 2
RUSS 229 (3) Introduction to Russian Folklore

Group C (9 credits)
9 credits selected from the following courses or their equivalent:

RUSS 330 (3) Outlines of Russian Literature, 20th Century, NOTE: New course title: Chekhov Without Borders
RUSS 337 (3) Vladimir Nabokov
RUSS 340 (3) Russian Short Story
RUSS 357 (3) Leo Tolstoy
RUSS 358 (3) Fyodor Dostoevsky
RUSS 385 (3) Russian Drama, Note: New course title: Topics in Russian Performance
RUSS 390 (3) Special Topics in Russian
RUSS 427 (3) Russian Fin de Siècle
RUSS 428 (3) Russian Avantgarde
RUSS 430 (3) High Stalinist Culture 1
RUSS 440 (3) Russia and Its Others
RUSS 454 (3) Narratives of Desire
RUSS 470* (3) Individual Reading Course
RUSS 475 (3) Special Topics in Russ Culture
RUSS 500 (3) Special Topics

* Students must submit project proposals to their department adviser by March 15th or November 15th of the preceding term for individual reading and independent research courses.

 

Honours Program in Russian (60 credits)

The Honours Russian program is for students intending to pursue graduate studies or advanced careers in the field. Students must complete 60 credits in the program, and according to Faculty regulations, Honours students must maintain a minimum CGPA of 3.00 and maintain a minimum program GPA of 3.00.

By arrangement with the Department and subject to University approval, transfer credits will be accepted from Department-approved exchange/immersion programs.

Students who have acquired language competency elsewhere will replace lower-level courses with upper-level courses. A total of 6 credits may be taken in courses offered by other departments in the Faculty; these are listed at the end of this section. Students are particularly encouraged to select from LLC course offerings.

For admission into the Honours program and approval of all course selections, students must regularly consult with an academic adviser in the Department.

Honours students, according to Faculty regulations, also must complete at least a minor concentration (18 credits) in another academic unit.

Group A: Required Courses (12 credits)

RUSS 452  (3) Advanced Russian Language and Syntax 1
RUSS 453  (3) Advanced Russian Language and Syntax 2
RUSS 490* (3) Honours Seminar 01
RUSS 491* (3) Honours Seminar 02

* Note: Students must submit project proposals to their departmental adviser by March 15th or November 15th of the preceding term for individual reading and independent research courses.

Complementary Courses (48 credits)

Group B: Russian Language
0 - 24 credits to be chosen from:

RUSS 210 (3) Elementary Russian Language 1
RUSS 211 (3) Elementary Russian Language 2
RUSS 215 (6) Elementary Russian Language Intensive 1
RUSS 310 (3) Intermediate Russian Language 1
RUSS 311 (3) Intermediate Russian Language 2
RUSS 316 (6) Intermediate Russian Language Intensive 2
RUSS 400 (3) Advanced Russian Language 1
RUSS 401 (3) Advanced Russian Language 2
RUSS 415 (6) Advanced Russian Language Intensive 1
RUSS 416 (6) Advanced Russian Language Intensive 2

Note: Students entering this program with previous knowledge of or exposure to Russian may, with permission of the Department, replace this group with selections from Group C or D.

Group C: 200 level
9 - 12 credits to be chosen from:

RUSS 217 (3) Russia's Eternal Questions
RUSS 218 (3) Russian Literature in Revolution
RUSS 223 (3) Russian 19th Century: Literary Giants 1
RUSS 224 (3) Russian 19th Century: Literary Giants 2
RUSS 229 (3) Introduction to Russian Folklore

Group D: 300 and 400 level
12 - 33 credits to be chosen from:

RUSS 327 (3) Reading Russian Poetry
RUSS 328 (3) Readings in Russian
RUSS 330 (3) Outlines of Russian Literature, 20th Century, NOTE: New course title: Chekhov Without Borders
RUSS 337 (3) Vladimir Nabokov
RUSS 340 (3) Russian Short Story
RUSS 357 (3) Leo Tolstoy
RUSS 358 (3) Fyodor Dostoevsky
RUSS 385 (3) Russian Drama, Note: New course title: Topics in Russian Performance
RUSS 390 (3) Special Topics in Russian
RUSS 427 (3) Russian Fin de Siècle
RUSS 428 (3) Russian Avantgarde
RUSS 430 (3) High Stalinist Culture 1
RUSS 440 (3) Russia and Its Others
RUSS 454 (3) Narratives of Desire
RUSS 470* (3) Individual Reading Course
RUSS 475 (3) Special Topics in Russ Culture
RUSS 500 (3) Special Topics

* Note: Students must submit project proposals to their department adviser by March 15th or November 15th of the preceding term for individual reading and independent research courses. 

Group E: LLC and Faculty of Arts
0 - 6 credits to be chosen from the following or their equivalent:

ANTH 303 (3) Ethnographies of Post-socialism
ECON 331 (3) Economic Development: Russia and USSR
HIST 216 (3) History of Russia to 1801
HIST 226 (3) East Central and Southeastern Europe in 20th Century
HIST 236 (3) Russia from 1801 to 1991
HIST 306 (3) East Central Europe Since 1944
HIST 312 (3) Hist of Consumption in Canada
HIST 313 (3) Habsburg Monarchy, 1618-1918
HIST 316 (3) Russia: Revolutions 1905 and 1917
HIST 326 (3) Russia from 1905 to Present
HIST 406 (3) Petrine and Catherinian Russia
HIST 446 (3) Russian Thought to 1825
HIST 456 (3) Russian Intellectual History 1825-1917
HIST 476D1 (3) Seminar: Topics in Russian History
HIST 476D2 (3) Seminar: Topics in Russian History
JWST 303 (3) The Soviet Jewish Experience
POLI 329 (3) Russian and Soviet Politics
POLI 331 (3) Politics in East Central Europe
POLI 419 (3) Transitions from Communism
SOCI 455 (3) Post-Socialist Societies

Note: For pre/corequisites and availability of Anthropology (ANTH), Economics (ECON), History (HIST), Jewish Studies (JWST), Political Science (POLI), and Sociology (SOCI) courses, students should consult the offering department and Class Schedule.

Students are particularly encouraged to select from the growing options available under the LLC course offerings; these are subject to Department approval.

Joint Honours Program - Russian Component

Students wishing to study at the Honours level in two disciplines can combine Joint Honours Program components in any two Arts disciplines. For a list of available Joint Honours programs, , see "Overview of Programs Offered" and "Joint Honours Programs" in the Undergrad Calendar".

Prior to registering for each Joint Honours Component, students should consult an adviser in each department for approval of their course selection and their interdisciplinary research project (if applicable). Twelve credits in Russian and twelve credits in the cooperating department are normally taken each year.

According to Faculty regulations, Joint Honours students must maintain a minimum CGPA of 3.00 and maintain a minimum program GPA of 3.00. THE DEPARTMENT OF RUSSIAN & SLAVIC STUDIES FOLLOWS THIS STANDARD. OTHER departments may require a higher program GPA. Joint Honours students must meet the requirements of both components of their program.

The specific course requirements for the 36-credit Joint Honours Component Russian program are determined on an individual basis in consultation with the student's program adviser(s). IN THE EVENT THAT A STUDENT PURSUES A STAND-ALONE 3-CREDIT HONOURS THESIS PROJECT (RUSS 490 OR RUSS 491), THE STUDENT IS NORMALLY REQUIRED TO OBTAIN APPROVAL OF THEIR PROJECT SUPERVISOR AND TOPIC BY EITHER NOVEMBER 15TH OR MARCH 15TH OF THE PRECEDING TERM.

Prior to registering for each Joint Honours component, students must see advisers in the respective departments for approval of their selection. Departmental advisers will only approve combinations that are feasible, given the nature of the research project that would be involved. Students who neglect to obtain prior approval may jeopardize their graduation.