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The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures offers four undergraduate minor options in Slavic Languages and Literature.
The minor is designed for students who, while pursuing a major in another program, seek a comprehensive introduction to Russian culture through Russian language courses, or a combination of minimal proficiency in Russian and courses in the history of Russian culture, or courses on Russian literature in translation and, depending on the student's interest, other forms of the country's cultural expression and social institutions. Students seeking a Slavic minor are encouraged to take advantage of the Bing Overseas Studies Program in Moscow. Students who have chosen one of the minor programs in Russian may use 5 units of IHUM 28A,B credit towards their electives.
Minor in Russian Language
Prerequisites—The minor option in Russian Language requires completion of SLAVLANG 51, 52, 53, or a demonstrated equivalent competence, as determined by the departmental Russian language placement examination.
Requirements—Candidates for the B.A. degree with a minor option in Russian Language must complete 24 units of Russian language and literature courses according to the following distribution: 12 to 15 units selected from SLAVLANG 111, 112, 113, 177, 178, 179, 181, 182, 183; the remaining 9-12 units should be chosen from SLAVGEN 145, 146, 147, 148; SLAVLIT 187, 188; other monograph courses offered by the department, or, with the approval of the department's undergraduate adviser, courses in history, politics, linguistics, or other relevant programs.
Minor in Russian Language, Literature, and Culture
Prerequisites—The minor option in Russian Language, Literature, and Culture requires completion of SLAVLANG 1, 2, 3, or the equivalent, as determined by the departmental Russian language placement examination.
Requirements—Candidates for the B.A. degree with the minor option in Russian Language, Literature, and Culture must complete 28 units according to the following distribution:
A minimum of 16 units of courses on literature and culture including two from the SLAVGEN 145, 146, 147, 148 sequence (Russian Literature in English Translation), or one from the SLAVGEN 145, 146, 147, 148 sequence and one from the SLAVLIT 187, 188 sequence; and at least one monograph course focusing on a single author.
12 units of elective courses either in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures or, with the approval of the Slavic department's undergraduate adviser, in other relevant programs dealing with Russian culture, politics, society, and history.
Minor in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
The Slavic department's undergraduate minor in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies offers students the opportunity to choose courses offered by the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (subject code REES) in various departments for their minor.
Requirements—Candidates for the B.A. degree with the minor option in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies must complete 28 units according to the following distribution:
- Two core courses: one on Russia and one on Eastern Europe or Eurasia, to be chosen by the student from an annual list of qualifying courses issued by CREEES for their M.A. students.
- At least four additional REES courses, totaling at least 20 units.
- The student's core and additiona courses must include 9units of course work in the Slavic Department, either literature courses or Russian language in the third year or above. Courses must be distributed among at least three disciplines, such as Slavic, History, Political Science, Anthropology, Art and Art History, Economics, Religious Studies, and Sociology. The Slavic Chair of Undergraduate Studies (CUS) determines which courses qualify for the minor.
- A capstone experience in CREEES, including, but not limited to, one of the following:
- a departmental seminar course for advanced undergraduates.
- directed reading and research with a Stanford faculty member or a CREEES-approved resident or visiting scholar.
- participation in the Stanford Overseas Studies Program in Moscow or Berlin.
Foreign Language—The Slavic/REEES minor has no language requirement, but students are strongly encouraged to attain working competence in Russian or another relevant language. Courses at the third-year level or above in Russian or another language of Central Asia, the Caucasus, or Eastern Europe may be counted towards the Slavic/REEES minor, up to a maximum of 3 units per academic quarter, 9 units total.
Additional Information—Courses counting towards the Slavic/REEES minor may not be counted towards the student's major. Courses taken at Stanford overseas campuses in Moscow and Berlin may count towards the REEES minor, with the approval of the Slavic CUS; at least three courses for the minor must be taken in residence at Stanford.
Approval of Slavic CUS—Students interested in pursuing the Slavic/REEES minor should consult the Slavic Chair of Undergraduate Studies. The minor is declared online using the Axess system. Students declaring the Slavic/REEES minor must do so no later than three quarters prior to their intended quarter of degree conferral. Approval of minor declarations and certification of requirements are made by the Slavic Chair of Undergraduate Studies.
Minor in Russian Culture
Candidates for the B.A. degree with the minor option in Russian Culture must complete 36 units according to the following distribution: a minimum of 20 units of courses on literature and culture selected from the SLAVGEN 145, 146, 147, 148 sequence (Russian Literature in English Translation), and two courses focusing on a single author. In addition, one course in Russian history. HISTORY 22N, 20Q, 120-129, or 220-229 satisfy the requirements. No knowledge of Russian is required.
Electives—11 units of elective courses either in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures or, with the approval of the Slavic department's undergraduate adviser, in other relevant programs dealing with Russian history, politics, society, and culture.
The deadline for minor declarations in all options is no later than the last day of the third quarter before degree conferral.
Minor in Literature and Minor in Modern Languages
The Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages offers two undergraduate minor programs, the minor in Literature and the minor in Modern Languages. These minors draw on literature and language courses offered in this and other literature departments. See the "Literatures, Cultures, and Languages" section of the Stanford Bulletin for further details about these minors and their requirements.
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