Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree

Russian Language and Literature:

The Russian Language and Literature field of study is designed for those students who wish to gain command of the Russian language and to study the nation's literary tradition. Emphasis is placed on the linguistic and philological study of literature, as well as the history of Russian literature and related media in the broader context of Russian culture. Students may explore historically related literary traditions (for example, English, French, German), as well as other related fields. The Russian Language and Literature field of study also welcomes students with an interest in Russian and Slavic linguistics.

Majors who concentrate in Russian Language and Literature must earn a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 (C) or better in order to receive credit toward the major.

Prerequisites—Completion of SLAVLANG 1, 2, 3, or the equivalent, as determined by the results of the department placement examination.

Requirements—Candidates for the B.A. degree with a Russian Language and Literature field of study must complete an additional 56 units according to the following distribution:

Russian Language—A minimum of 12 units from: SLAVLANG 111, 112, 113, 177, 178, 179, 181, 182, 183. Russian majors' language skills will be evaluated by their language teachers or the Chair of Undergraduate Studies (CUS) at the end of their final quarter of language study.

Russian Literature—The 20-unit core literature sequence consisting of:

  • SLAVGEN 145. Age of Experiment
  • SLAVGEN 146. The Great Russian Novel
  • SLAVGEN 147. The Age of Revolution
  • SLAVGEN 148. Dissent and Disenchantment
  • SLAVLIT 188. Russian Poetry, or another poetry course offered by the Slavic Department

Electives—Students must take 24 units of electives embracing at least two of the following categories. These courses are chosen in consultation with the department's director of undergraduate studies. With department consent, work in related academic fields may be applied toward the degree requirements. Students who have completed IHUM 28A,B, Poetic Justice: Order and Imagination in Russian Culture, with a grade of 'B' or better may count these 10 units towards elective courses required for the major.

  1. Russian language or linguistics; courses for 2010-11 include:
    • SLAVLIT 179/279. Old Russian
    • SLAVLIT 203. Academic Russian
    • SLAVLIT 211. Old Church Slavic
  2. Russian literature; courses for 2010-11 include:
    • SLAVLIT 188. Russian Poetry
    • SLAVLIT 224. Russian Postmodern Novel
  3. Historically related literatures

Capstone—Students must designate a 200-level course taken in their junior or senior year as a capstone course. Before graduation, skills in writing, textual analysis, and discussion will be evaluated by the CUS based on work submitted for the capstone course.

Russian Language, Culture, and History:

The Russian Language, Culture, and History field of study is for students who want to obtain command of the Russian language and to pursue a broad, interdisciplinary study of Russian literature and culture in an historical context. Emphasis is on the relation of the Russian literary tradition to other arts, including film, as well as the disciplines that have enriched the historical understanding of Russian literature: history, anthropology, communications, art history, political science, and sociology. Majors in the Russian Language, Culture, and History field of study must earn a GPA of 2.0 (C) or better in order to receive credit toward the major.

Prerequisites—Completion of SLAVLANG 1, 2, 3, or the equivalent, as determined by the results of the department placement examination.

Requirements—Candidates for the B.A. degree with a Russian Language, Culture, and History field of study must complete an additional 56 units according to the following distribution.

Russian Language—A minimum of 12 units from: SLAVLANG 111, 112, 113, 177, 178, 179, 181, 182, 183. Russian majors' language skills will be evaluated by their language teachers or the CUS at the end of their final quarter of language study.

19th-Century Russian Literature and History—A minimum of 12 units chosen from the following courses or the equivalent; students must choose one course from Slavic and one course from History:

  • SLAVGEN 145, 146
  • A pre-revolutionary Russian history course

20th-Century Russian Literature and History—A minimum of 12 units chosen from the following or the equivalent; students must choose one course from Slavic and one course from History.

  • SLAVGEN 147 or 148
  • A post-revolutionary Russian history course
  • History 22N, 20Q, 120-129, or 220-229 will satisfy the history requirements. Contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies with questions.

Electives—In order to complete the basic degree requirements, students must take 24 additional units of course work embracing at least two of the following categories. These courses are chosen in consultation with the undergraduate director. With department consent, work in related academic fields (for example, anthropology, communications, political science, religion, sociology) may apply toward the degree requirements. Students who have completed IHUM 28A, B, Poetic Justice: Order and Imagination in Russian Culture, with a grade of 'B' or better may count these 10 units towards elective courses required for the major.

  1. Russian language or linguistics; courses for 2010-11 include:
    • SLAVLIT 179/279. Old Russian
    • SLAVLIT 203. Academic Russian
    • SLAVLIT 211. Old Church Slavic
  2. Russian literature; courses for 2010-11 include:
    • SLAVLIT 188. Russian Poetry
    • SLAVLIT 224. Russian Postmodern Novel
  3. Russian history

Capstone—Students must designate a 200-level course taken in their junior or senior year as a capstone course. Before graduation, skills in writing, textual analysis, and discussion will be evaluated by the CUS based on work submitted for the capstone course.

Russian and Philosophy:

The Russian and Philosophy option offers students the opportunity to gain a command of the Russian language and literary tradition, while gaining a background in philosophical thought, broadly construed. They take courses alongside students in other departments participating in the program in Philosophical and Literary Thought, with administrative staff in the DLCL. This option is not declared on Axess. Majors who concentrate in Russian and Philosophy must earn a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 (C) or better in order to receive credit toward the major. Courses in other departments may not, in general, be counted toward the Russian language, Russian literature, and elective requirements, but may be counted toward the other requirements.

Prerequisites—Completion of SLAVLANG 1, 2, 3, or the equivalent, as determined by the results of the department placement examination.

Requirements—Candidates for the B.A. degree with a concentration in Russian and Philosophy must complete an additional 67 units according to the following distribution:

Russian Language—A minimum of 12 units selected from: SLAVLANG 111, 112, 113, 177, 178, 179, 181, 182, 183.

Russian Literature—A minimum of 16 units of Russian literature, including the following:

  • SLAVGEN 145 and 146
  • SLAVGEN 147 or 148
  • SLAVLIT 187 or 188

Electives—At least 12 units of electives in Russian language and literature, chosen in consultation with the undergraduate director.

Philosophy and Literature Gateway Course (4 units)—SLAVGEN 181 (same as PHIL 81).

Philosophy Writing in the Major (5 units)—PHIL 80; prerequisite: introductory philosophy course.

Philosophy Core—12 units, including the following:

  • Value Theory: a course in the PHIL 170 series
  • Theories of Mind, Language, Action: a course in the PHIL 180 series
  • History of Philosophy: a course from the PHIL 100-139 series

Related Course—An upper-division course of special relevance to philosophy and literature. A list of approved courses is available from the program director.

Capstone Seminar— One capstone seminar must be taken in the student's senior year. This year's capstone seminars are:

  • COMPLIT 154/GERLIT 154. Heidegger on Hölderlin
  • PHIL 173A. Aesthetics: Metaphor across the Arts