Russian and Slavic Studies (RUSS)

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Russian and Slavic Studies (RUSS) Faculty

Russian and Slavic Studies (RUSS) Faculty

Chair
Laura Beraha
Associate Professors
Laura Beraha; B.A., M.A., Ph.D.(McG.)
Lyudmila Parts; M.A., Ph.D.(Col.)
Faculty: 
Faculty of Arts—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Minor Concentration Russian (18 credits)

The Minor Concentration Russian has four streams and students choose one of them based on their academic interests and proficiency in the language.

- Russian Language and Literature

- Russian Language and Culture

- Advanced Russian Literature

- Advanced Russian Language

This program may be expanded to the Major Concentration Russian.

Students who wish to follow the Advanced Russian Literature or Advanced Russian Language stream must receive Departmental approval; they are designed primarily for students also intending to complete a Major Concentration Russian.

Enrolment in courses above the 200-level is by permission of the Department only.

Required Courses (12 credits)

The required courses are designed to give students a basic working knowledge of Russian. Students who can demonstrate to the Department that they have acquired the equivalent competence elsewhere will replace these credits with courses from the Complementary Course list.

Students must obtain Departmental approval to register for language courses and are strongly urged to consult with the Department for advice/approval of their program plans.

RUSS 210 (3) Elementary Russian Language 1
RUSS 211 (3) Elementary Russian Language 2
RUSS 310 (3) Intermediate Russian Language 1
RUSS 311 (3) Intermediate Russian Language 2

Complementary Courses (6 credits)

6 credits of complementary courses chosen from ONE of the following streams:

- Russian Language and Literature

- Russian Language and Culture

- Advanced Russian Literature

- Advanced Russian Language

Russian Language and Literature Stream

RUSS 217 (3) Russia's Eternal Questions
RUSS 300 (3) Russian for Heritage Speakers 1
RUSS 301 (3) Russian for Heritage Speakers 2
RUSS 330 (3) Introduction to Soviet Russian Literature before WWII
RUSS 331 (3) Introduction to Soviet Russian Literature after WWII
RUSS 400 (3) Advanced Russian Language 1
RUSS 401 (3) Advanced Russian Language 2

Russian Language and Culture Stream

RUSS 218 (3) Russian Literature in Revolution
RUSS 219 (3) Russian Literature in Recovery
RUSS 223 (3) Russian 19th Century: Literary Giants 1
RUSS 224 (3) From War to Revolution

Advanced Russian Literature Stream

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

RUSS 327 (3) Outlines 19th Century Russian Literature: Romantic Period
RUSS 328 (3) Outlines 19th Century Russian Literature: Russian Realism
RUSS 330 (3) Introduction to Soviet Russian Literature before WWII
RUSS 331 (3) Introduction to Soviet Russian Literature after WWII
RUSS 385 (3) Russian Drama
RUSS 390 (3) Special Topics in Russian
RUSS 450 (3) Reading the 20th Century
RUSS 458 (3) Development Russian Novel before Turgenev
RUSS 459 (3) Russian Novel Pushkin-Gogol
RUSS 460 (3) Russian Novel 1860-1900 1
RUSS 461 (3) Russian Novel 1860-1900 2
RUSS 465 (3) Russian Modernism 1
RUSS 466 (3) Russian Modernism 2
RUSS 468 (3) The Age of Pushkin
RUSS 470 (3) Individual Reading Course
RUSS 471 (3) Independent Research
RUSS 475 (3) Special Topics in Russ Culture
RUSS 500 (3) Special Topics
RUSS 510 (3) High Stalinist Culture

Advanced Russian Language Stream

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

RUSS 415 (6) Advanced Russian Language Intensive 1
RUSS 416 (6) Advanced Russian Language Intensive 2
RUSS 450 (3) Reading the 20th Century
RUSS 452 (3) Advanced Russian Language and Syntax 1
RUSS 453 (3) Advanced Russian Language and Syntax 2
RUSS 455 (3) History of Modern Russian Language
RUSS 470 (3) Individual Reading Course
RUSS 471 (3) Independent Research
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Faculty of Arts—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Minor Concentration 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. As there are no Russian language requirements, this program may not be expanded to the Major Concentration Russian.

There are no prerequisites for Russian (RUSS) courses in the program. 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.

Complementary Courses (18 credits)

18 credits selected with the following specifications:

12 credits from Group A

6 credits from Group B

Group A

12 credits from:

RUSS 217 (3) Russia's Eternal Questions
RUSS 218 (3) Russian Literature in Revolution
RUSS 219 (3) Russian Literature in Recovery
RUSS 223 (3) Russian 19th Century: Literary Giants 1
RUSS 224 (3) From War to Revolution
RUSS 510 (3) High Stalinist Culture
RUSS 585 (3) Woman in Russian Culture

Group B

6 credits from:

ANTH 303 (3) Ethnographies of Post-socialism
ECON 331 (3) Economic Development: Russia and USSR
ECON 340 (3) Ex-Socialist Economies
HIST 216 (3) History of Russia to 1801
HIST 226 (3) Eastern 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) Eastern Europe: 1740-1914
HIST 316 (3) Russia: Revolutions 1905 and 1917
HIST 326 (3) Russia from 1905 to Present
HIST 329 (3) Eastern Europe: 4th Century - 1453
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 332 (3) Politics of Former Soviet Republics
POLI 419 (3) Transitions from Communism
SOCI 455 (3) Post-Socialist Societies
Faculty: 
Faculty of Arts—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Major Concentration Russian (36 credits)

Enrolment in courses above the 200-level is by permission of the Department only.

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

Required Courses (18 credits)

The required courses are designed to give students a basic working knowledge of Russian. Students who can demonstrate to the Department that they have acquired the equivalent competence elsewhere will replace these credits with courses chosen from the complementary course lists.

RUSS 210 (3) Elementary Russian Language 1
RUSS 211 (3) Elementary Russian Language 2
RUSS 310 (3) Intermediate Russian Language 1
RUSS 311 (3) Intermediate Russian Language 2
RUSS 400 (3) Advanced Russian Language 1
RUSS 401 (3) Advanced Russian Language 2

Complementary Courses (18 credits)

18 credits selected from two lists.

12 credits from:

RUSS 217 (3) Russia's Eternal Questions
RUSS 218 (3) Russian Literature in Revolution
RUSS 219 (3) Russian Literature in Recovery
RUSS 223 (3) Russian 19th Century: Literary Giants 1
RUSS 224 (3) From War to Revolution
RUSS 300 (3) Russian for Heritage Speakers 1
RUSS 301 (3) Russian for Heritage Speakers 2
RUSS 327 (3) Outlines 19th Century Russian Literature: Romantic Period
RUSS 328 (3) Outlines 19th Century Russian Literature: Russian Realism
RUSS 330 (3) Introduction to Soviet Russian Literature before WWII
RUSS 331 (3) Introduction to Soviet Russian Literature after WWII

6 credits from:

RUSS 385 (3) Russian Drama
RUSS 390 (3) Special Topics in Russian
RUSS 450 (3) Reading the 20th Century
RUSS 455 (3) History of Modern Russian Language
RUSS 458 (3) Development Russian Novel before Turgenev
RUSS 460 (3) Russian Novel 1860-1900 1
RUSS 461 (3) Russian Novel 1860-1900 2
RUSS 465 (3) Russian Modernism 1
RUSS 466 (3) Russian Modernism 2
RUSS 468 (3) The Age of Pushkin
RUSS 470* (3) Individual Reading Course
RUSS 471* (3) Independent Research
RUSS 475 (3) Special Topics in Russ Culture
RUSS 500 (3) Special Topics
RUSS 510 (3) High Stalinist Culture
RUSS 585 (3) Woman in Russian Culture

*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.

Faculty: 
Faculty of Arts—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Honours 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 9 credits may be taken in courses offered by other departments in the Faculty; these are listed at the end of this section.

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.

U1 Required Courses (12 credits)

RUSS 215 (6) Elementary Russian Language Intensive 1
RUSS 316 (6) Intermediate Russian Language Intensive 2

U1 Complementary Courses (6 credits)

6 credits from:

RUSS 217 (3) Russia's Eternal Questions
RUSS 218 (3) Russian Literature in Revolution
RUSS 219 (3) Russian Literature in Recovery
RUSS 223 (3) Russian 19th Century: Literary Giants 1
RUSS 224 (3) From War to Revolution
RUSS 300 (3) Russian for Heritage Speakers 1
RUSS 301 (3) Russian for Heritage Speakers 2

U2 Required Courses (24 credits)

RUSS 327 (3) Outlines 19th Century Russian Literature: Romantic Period
RUSS 328 (3) Outlines 19th Century Russian Literature: Russian Realism
RUSS 330 (3) Introduction to Soviet Russian Literature before WWII
RUSS 331 (3) Introduction to Soviet Russian Literature after WWII
RUSS 415 (6) Advanced Russian Language Intensive 1
RUSS 416 (6) Advanced Russian Language Intensive 2

U3 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.

Additional Complementary Courses (6 credits)

6 credits selected from courses offered by Russian Studies and other departments.

RUSS 385 (3) Russian Drama
RUSS 390 (3) Special Topics in Russian
RUSS 450 (3) Reading the 20th Century
RUSS 455 (3) History of Modern Russian Language
RUSS 458 (3) Development Russian Novel before Turgenev
RUSS 459 (3) Russian Novel Pushkin-Gogol
RUSS 460 (3) Russian Novel 1860-1900 1
RUSS 461 (3) Russian Novel 1860-1900 2
RUSS 465 (3) Russian Modernism 1
RUSS 468 (3) The Age of Pushkin
RUSS 470* (3) Individual Reading Course
RUSS 471* (3) Independent Research
RUSS 475 (3) Special Topics in Russ Culture
RUSS 500 (3) Special Topics
RUSS 510 (3) High Stalinist Culture
RUSS 585 (3) Woman in Russian Culture

*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.

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.

ANTH 303 (3) Ethnographies of Post-socialism
ECON 331 (3) Economic Development: Russia and USSR
ECON 340 (3) Ex-Socialist Economies
HIST 216 (3) History of Russia to 1801
HIST 226 (3) Eastern 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) Eastern Europe: 1740-1914
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 332 (3) Politics of Former Soviet Republics
POLI 419 (3) Transitions from Communism
SOCI 455 (3) Post-Socialist Societies
Faculty: 
Faculty of Arts—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Joint Honours Component Russian (36 credits)

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." 

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. 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).

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.

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Faculty of Arts—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)

Russian and Slavic Studies (RUSS)

Location

Location

  • 688 Sherbrooke Street West, Suite 425
  • Montreal, Quebec H3A 3R1
  • Telephone: 514-398-3639
  • Fax: 514-398-1748
  • Email: russian [dot] slavicstudies [at] mcgill [dot] ca
  • Website: www.mcgill.ca/russian

About Russian and Slavic Studies

About Russian and Slavic Studies

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. Besides being the language of the Russian Federation, Russian is still widely used in the countries of the former Soviet Union. Since most Eastern European countries have academic exchange programs with Canada, well-qualified students should encounter little difficulty in continuing their university studies in Russia or in Eastern Europe.

Advisers
Professor Laura Beraha, Room 335, 514-398-2802
Professor Lyudmila Parts, Room 332, 514-398-1719

Students must obtain Departmental approval to register for language courses and are strongly urged to consult with the Department for advice/approval of their program plans. A placement test is available and may be booked before the start of term by calling 514-398-3639.

Faculty: 
Faculty of Arts—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)