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In the Department of German and Russian.

The major emphasizes Russian language, literature, and film in order that students develop a broad understanding of Russian culture in the past and the present. Students are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities on the campus, including guest lectures, discussion group meetings, films, weekly Russian-table dinners or Russian teas, and an annual program of cultural events.

Students majoring in Russian language and culture are expected to study in Russia for at least one semester. Instructors advise beginning students carefully about January, summer, and semester programs. The Colby in St. Petersburg program offers students highly individualized study of Russian language, literature, and history, a full cultural program, and residence with Russian families.


Requirements for the Major in Russian Language and Culture

  1. A minimum of seven courses (three or four credits) numbered above Russian 127 in the Department of German and Russian, including Russian 426 or 428, and at least one course each in 19th- and 20th-century Russian literature or film in English translation (chosen from 231, 232, 237).
  2. One course in pre 20th-century Russian history and one course in 20th-century Russian history (usually History 227 and 228).
  3. A seminar in Russian literature, conducted entirely in Russian (Russian 426, 428).
The point scale for retention of the major applies to all courses offered toward the major. No requirements for the major may be taken satisfactory/unsatisfactory.

Requirements for the Minor in Russian Language and Literature

  1. Four introductory Russian language courses: Russian 125, 126, 127, 128.
  2. Two courses in Russian culture in English translation: one course in 19th-century literature and one course in 20th-century literature or film (chosen from Russian 231, 232, 237, 242).
  3. One course in Russian literature in the original (chosen from Russian 325, 326, 425, 426, 428).

Note: In special circumstances, course substitutions for major and minor requirements may be made after extensive consultation with Russian program staff.

Russian majors and minors who are unable to study in Russia for a semester are strongly encouraged to enroll in one or more of the Jan Plan courses in St. Petersburg.

Russian majors and minors should broaden their study through courses related to Russian in other departments, particularly courses in history and government.




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