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Office of the University Registrar

2008-09 Undergraduate Catalog


College: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Hours for the Degree: 120
Minor: Yes
Combined-Degree Program: Yes

Students who major in Russian graduate with solid working knowledge of the language and a thorough understanding of Russian culture and everyday life. Given a range of options for completing the 35-credit requirement, they can tailor their program of study to fit their personal and career goals--be it reading Tolstoy in the original or tapping into one of the hottest emerging global markets. Majors also receive priority placement in our popular study-abroad programs in Moscow.

Completed alone or in combination with a second major, studying Russian prepares students for a variety of careers, including law, government, international relations, business, education, and graduate programs in the humanities and social sciences. Beyond this, it equips students with analytical skills essential for performing effectively in today's multicultural world.

Small class sizes and an outstanding professional teaching staff ensure that students have every opportunity to learn and excel.

Requirements for the Major
  • A student majoring in Russian needs a minimum of 35 credit hours of Russian beyond the 1000 level with grades of C or better.
  • Up to 15 3000-/4000-level credits can be transferred from another institution.
  • Four credits can be earned in RUS 2220 (4-credit course); Nine additional credits must be earned in any combination of three 3000-/4000-level RUT courses.
  • The remaining credits should be from 3000-/4000-level RUS/RUW courses.
  • Students who, upon entering the program, place out of RUS 2220 and 3240 (without transfer credits) will be permitted to take up to 15 credits of RUT courses toward the major.
  • No more than three credits can be earned in independent study (RUS 4905).
  • Students who intend to major or minor in Russian must apply in writing to the CLAS advising office and should consult as soon as possible the undergraduate coordinator for Russian studies.
  • Required foundation courses for the major and the minor include completion of the beginning Russian language (RUS 1130, 1131). Consult the undergraduate coordinator each semester.

To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college and major requirements.

Critical Tracking and Recommended Semester Plan

Semester 1:

  • 2.0 UF GPA required for semesters 1-5

Semester 2:

  • Maintain 2.0 UF GPA

Semester 3:

  • Complete RUS 1130 or higher-level Russian coursework

Semester 4:

  • Complete RUS 1131 or maintain higher-level Russian coursework with 2.5 GPA on all critical-tracking coursework

Semester 5:

  • Complete either RUS 2220 or any 2000-level Russian course with 2.5 GPA on all critical-tracking coursework

Note: New students with prior study in Russian should consult the undergraduate coordinator before start of the semester.

Recommended semester plan

Semester 1Credits
Composition (GE-C, WR)3
Humanities (GE-H)3
Physical Science (GE-P)3
RUS 1130 Introduction to Russian Language and Culture 15
Science laboratory (GE-P or GE-B)1
Total 15
Semester 2Credits
Mathematics (GE-M)3
RUT, 3000 level or above (GE-H)3
Biological Science (GE-B)3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S)3
RUS 1131 Introduction to Russian Language and Culture 25
Total 17
Semester 3Credits
RUT, 3000 level or above3
RUS 2220 Intermediate Russian 14
Mathematics (GE-M)3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S)3
Total 15
Semester 4Credits
RUS 3400 Intermediate Russian 24
RUT, 3000 level or above3
Humanities (GE-H)3
Physical Science (GE-P)3
Total 13
Semester 5Credits
Two RUW or RUS, 3000 level or above6
Biological Science (GE-B)3
Electives (3000 level or above, not in major)6
Total 15
Semester 6Credits
Two RUW or RUS, 3000 level or above6
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S)3
Composition (GE-C, WR)3
Elective (3000 level or above, not in major)3
Total 15
Semester 7Credits
RUW or RUS, 3000 level or above3
Electives (3000 level or above, not in major)9
Total 15
Semester 8Credits
RUW or RUS, 3000 level or above3
RUS 4905 Individual Work in Russian: Honors Thesis (optional, in place of elective)3
Total 15