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Russian Studies, Minor


The Russian Studies minor will provide students with a foundational understanding of the language as well as an introduction to the social, political, historical, and economic factors that make Russia one of the leading international powers today. Students will attain a general knowledge and understanding of Russian culture, society and history from pre-historic times to the present, have a basic familiarity with Russia's position in and influence on world politics and economics, and demonstrate the ability to transcend the boundaries between national languages and disciplines by the use of comparative and collaborative approaches to scholarship.

Total Program Credits: 22

Matriculation Requirements:
  1. Completion of 30 hours of credit.
Discipline Core Requirements: 4 Credits
  RUS 2010 Intermediate Russian I LH 4
Elective Requirements: 18 Credits
Complete 18 hours of advisor-approved electives from the following, 9 credits must be upper-division: 18
  HIST 3650 Imperial Russia--Autocracy to Opposition 1696-1917  (3)  
  HIST 366G The History of Modern Russia--1864 to Present GI (3)  
  NSS 3350 The Cold War: Culture and Politics (3)  
  POLS 3510 Post Soviet Politics WE (3)  
  POLS 356G Comparative Politics of Central Asia GI (3)  
  RUS 202G Intermediate Russian II HH GI (4)  
  RUS 215R Russian Conversation II (1)  
  RUS 266G Introduction to Russian Culture GI (3)  
  RUS 3050 Advanced Russian LH (3)  
  RUS 3030 Russian Conversation and Composition I  (3)  
  RUS 3200 Business Russian  (3)  
  RUS 3030 Russian Conversation and Composition I  (3)  
  RUS 3040 Russian Conversation and Composition II (3)  
  RUS 3520 Russian Culture and Civilization  (3)  
  RUS 3620 Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature and Its Film Adaptations (3)  
  RUS 366G Twentieth Century Russian Culture GI (3)  
  RUS 367G History of Russian Film GI (3)  
  RUS 4050 Special Problems in Grammar Usage and Style (3)  
  RUS 4110 Translation and Interpretation  (3)  
  RUS 416G Contemporary Russian Cinema GI (3)  
  RUS 490R Special Topics in Russian Studies (3)  

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track. 

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
RUS 2010 Intermediate Russian I LH 4
Russian Studies Elective 3
  Semester total: 7
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
Russian Studies Elective 3
Russian Studies Elective 3
  Semester total: 6
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
Russian Studies Elective 3
  Semester total: 3
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
Russian Studies Elective 3
Russian Studies Elective 3
  Semester total: 6
  Degree total: 22


Languages and Cultures

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Program Details

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Read, write, and speak Russian at an intermediate to advanced low level.
  2. Evaluate Russian culture within historical, social, political, and economic perspectives of Russia.
  3. Interpret the semiotic meaning of Russian culture with a basic to advanced cross-cultural capacity.
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