Russian

(College of Letters and Science)

Sven-Erik Rose, Ph.D., Chairperson of the Department

Program Office. 213 Sproul Hall; 530-752-1219; http://russian.ucdavis.edu

Faculty. http://russian.ucdavis.edu/people/people-faculty

(College of Letters and Science)

Sven-Erik Rose, Ph.D., Chairperson of the Department

Program Office. 213 Sproul Hall; 530-752-1219; http://russian.ucdavis.edu

Faculty. http://russian.ucdavis.edu/people/people-faculty

The Major Program

The Russian major introduces students to a culture rich in art, music, theater, film, language, and literature. The major offers an opportunity to learn skills needed to enter the fields of foreign affairs, world politics, and international trade, or to begin graduate work in literature, history, cultural studies and international relations.

The Program. The major program instructs students in speaking, understanding, reading, and writing the Russian language. The program also acquaints students with the intellectual and cultural contributions of the Russian world through the study of its literature, traditions, and institutions.

Internships and Career Alternatives. Russian majors may participate in internships where they can serve as translators and interpreters for schools and business firms throughout Northern California. Upon graduation, many Russian majors enter the business world or enter graduate programs in Slavic studies and international relations. The program encourages students to supplement their Russian studies with courses in related fields such as international relations, political science, computer science, cultural studies, or economics in order to maximize their career possibilities.

Honors and Honors Program. The honors program comprises at least one quarter of study under course 194H, which will include a research paper. For details consult the major advisor.

Study Abroad. Students who have completed one or two years of Russian language study can participate in the Education Abroad Program (EAP) in Moscow. Many of our students also participate in summer, semester, and year-long programs sponsored by CIEE and ACTR in St. Petersburg and Moscow.

Prerequisite Credit. Credit normally will not be given for a course if that course is the prerequisite for a course already completed.

Preparatory Subject Matter
Units: 0-27
RUS 001
Elementary Russian (Active)
5
RUS 002
Elementary Russian (Active)
5
RUS 003
Elementary Russian (Active)
5
RUS 004
Intermediate Russian (Active)
4
RUS 005
Intermediate Russian (Active)
4
RUS 006
Intermediate Russian (Active)
4
or
The equivalent.
 
Depth Subject Matter
Units: 36
RUS 101A
Advanced Russian (Active)
4
RUS 101B
Advanced Russian (Active)
4
RUS 101C
Advanced Russian (Active)
4
Choose one:
4
RUS 102
Russian Composition (Active)
4
RUS 103
Literary Translation (Active)
4
RUS 105
Advanced Russian Conversation (Active)
4
Additional upper division units chosen in consultation with adviser from the following selection of Literature and Culture courses taught in Russian and English.
20
RUS 122
19th-Century Russian Literature (Active)
4
RUS 124
Twentieth-Century Russian Literature (Active)
4
RUS 126
The Russian Theater (Active)
4
RUS 129
Russian Film (Active)
4
RUS 130
Contemporary Russian Culture (Active)
4
RUS 133
Post-Soviet Literature (Active)
4
RUS 139
Pushkin (Active)
4
RUS 140
Dostoevsky (in English) (Active)
4
RUS 141
Tolstoy (in English) (Active)
4
RUS 142
Women in Russian Culture (Active)
4
RUS 143
Chekhov (in English) (Active)
4
RUS 150
Russian Culture (Active)
4
The elective upper-division courses in English can be satisfied in part by one or more courses in History, Political Science, Comparative Literature and other departments after consultation with, and prior approval of, the major advisor.
 
The total of 36 upper-division units may include units earned in the Education Abroad Program.
 
Total: 36-63

(College of Letters and Science)

Sven-Erik Rose, Ph.D., Chairperson of the Department

Program Office. 213 Sproul Hall; 530-752-1219; http://russian.ucdavis.edu

Faculty. http://russian.ucdavis.edu/people/people-faculty

Russian
Units: 20
RUS 101A
Advanced Russian (Active)
4
RUS 101B
Advanced Russian (Active)
4
RUS 101C
Advanced Russian (Active)
4
Choose 8 units of other upper division Russian courses.
8
Total: 20

Course Placement. Students who have learned Russian at home must consult the department for placement instructions. Students with two years of Russian in high school normally continue in RUS 002; those with three years, RUS 003; those with four years, RUS 004.

Courses in RUS:

RUS 001Elementary Russian (5) Active
Discussion—5 hour(s); Laboratory—1 hour(s). Introduction to Russian grammar and development of all language skills in a cultural context with special emphasis on communication. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
RUS 001AAccelerated Intensive Elementary Russian (15) Active
Lecture/Discussion—15 hour(s). Special 12 week accelerated, intensive summer session course that combines the work of courses 1, 2, and 3. Introduction to Russian grammar and development of all language skills in a cultural context with emphasis on communication. Not open to students who have completed RUS 001, RUS 002, or RUS 003. (Letter.) Effective: 2008 Summer Special Session.
RUS 002Elementary Russian (5) Active
Discussion—5 hour(s); Laboratory—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): RUS 001. Continuation of grammar and language skills developed in course 1. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
RUS 003Elementary Russian (5) Active
Discussion—5 hour(s); Laboratory—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): RUS 002. Continuation of grammar and language skills developed in course 2. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, WC. Effective: 2015 Spring Quarter.
RUS 004Intermediate Russian (4) Active
Discussion/Laboratory—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): RUS 003. Grammar review and conversational practice in Russian. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, WC. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
RUS 005Intermediate Russian (4) Active
Discussion—4 hour(s); Laboratory—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): RUS 004. Grammar review. Introduction to literature in its sociopolitical context. Conversational practice. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, WC. Effective: 2015 Spring Quarter.
RUS 006Intermediate Russian (4) Active
Discussion—4 hour(s); Laboratory—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): RUS 005. Grammar review. Intermediate conversation and continued reading of literature. Social and cultural practices in contemporary Russia; introduction to Russian history. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, WC. Effective: 2015 Spring Quarter.
RUS 098Directed Group Study (1-5) Active
Discussion—1-5 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
RUS 099Special Study for Undergraduates (1-5) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
RUS 101AAdvanced Russian (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Extensive Writing. Prerequisite(s): RUS 006; or Consent of Instructor. Topics in Russian. Grammar for the advanced student. Reading and discussion of journalistic texts and classic and contemporary literature. Conversation exercises utilizing literary and colloquial variants of current Russian speech. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2011 Fall Quarter.
RUS 101BAdvanced Russian (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Extensive Writing. Prerequisite(s): RUS 101A; or Consent of Instructor. Continuation of course 101A. Topics in Russian grammar for the advanced student. Reading and discussion of journalistic texts and classic and contemporary literature. Conversational exercises utilizing literary and colloquial variants of current Russian speech. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2011 Winter Quarter.
RUS 101CAdvanced Russian (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Extensive Writing. Prerequisite(s): RUS 101B. Continuation of course 101B. Topics in Russian grammar for the advanced student. Reading and discussion of journalistic texts and classic and contemporary literature. Conversational exercises utilizing literary and colloquial variants of current Russian speech. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2011 Spring Quarter.
RUS 102Russian Composition (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Tutorial—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): RUS 006; or Consent of Instructor. Practice in writing Russian. One composition on a different topic each week. Topics include: history, geography, politics, and literature of Russia; comparison of Russian and American lifestyles; current events. Conducted in Russian. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2002 Winter Quarter.
RUS 103Literary Translation (4) Active
Discussion—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): RUS 101C. Translation of Russian literary texts into stylistically equivalent idiomatic English. (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
RUS 105Advanced Russian Conversation (4) Active
Discussion—3 hour(s); Practice—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): RUS 006. Intensive conversational practice and discussion based on current events and contemporary texts. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, WC. Effective: 2015 Winter Quarter.
RUS 120Topics in Russian Literature and Culture (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Extensive Writing. Prerequisite(s): Upper division standing or consent of instructor. Knowledge of Russian not required. Investigation of significant themes and issues of Russian literature and culture within their European context. May be repeated up to 1 Time(s). (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, WC, WE. Effective: 2017 Spring Quarter.
RUS 12219th-Century Russian Literature (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): RUS 101C when the course offered in Russian; no prerequisite when offered in English. Not open to students who have taken course 121 and 127. Study of Russian literature (prose fiction, drama, poetry) from the period between 1800 and the end of the 19th century. May include authors like Pushkin, Lermontov, Gogol, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov. Offered alternately in English or Russian. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2015 Spring Quarter.
RUS 124Twentieth-Century Russian Literature (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): RUS 101C when offered in Russian; no prerequisite when offered in English. Study of Russian literature (prose, drama, poetry) from the period between 1900 and the end of the 20th century. Authors like Y. Olesha, M. Bulgakov, D. Kharms, and L. Petrushevskaia. Taught in Russian. Not open for credit to students who have taken RUS 123 or RUS 128. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2015 Fall Quarter.
RUS 126The Russian Theater (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): RUS 101C; or Consent of Instructor. The main works of Russian dramatists from Fonvizin to the present, including Gogol, Turgenev, Tolstoy, Ostrovsky, Chekhov, Blok, Mayakovsky, Kharms. Conducted in Russian. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2008 Fall Quarter.
RUS 129Russian Film (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Completion of Subject A requirements. History of Russian film; film and social revolution, the cult of Stalin, dissident visions; film and the collapse of the Soviet empire; gender and the nation in Russian film. Course taught in English; films are in Russian with English subtitles. (Same course as FMS 129.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2009 Fall Quarter.
RUS 130Contemporary Russian Culture (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Trends in Russian culture and the relationship between artists and the government. Topics: recent changes in the cultural scene, postmodernist trends in literature, visual art, film, and theater. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
RUS 133Post-Soviet Literature (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Major authors and trends in Russian literature in post-1991 period. Discussion of impact of economic, social, and cultural turmoil of post-Soviet period on literary marketplace. Analysis of development of literary postmodernism in Russia. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
RUS 139Pushkin (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): RUS 101C; or Consent of Instructor. Three major periods of Pushkin's poetical works: his early Lyceum verse; his poetry of the early 1820s; and the mature period. Further study of Pushkin's prose fiction, drama, and journalism. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, WC, WE. Effective: 2015 Fall Quarter.
RUS 140Dostoevsky (in English) (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s). Reading and analysis of Dostoevskys principal works such as Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, The Brothers Karamazov, and The Diary. Study of social and political views as reflected in Dostoevskys works. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
RUS 141Tolstoy (in English) (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Study of Leo Tolstoy's literary evolution and moral quest. Readings include his Confession, a major novel such as War and Peace or Anna Karenina, and representative shorter fiction. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, WE. Effective: 2015 Fall Quarter.
RUS 142Women in Russian Culture (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Study of the representation of women in contemporary Russian fiction and film. Exploration of issues such as family dynamics/motherhood, sexuality, work, and women's relationship to the state. Offered in English. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2017 Winter Quarter.
RUS 143Chekhov (in English) (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Extensive Writing. Examination of Chekhov's short stories and major plays, such as The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, The Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard, and Ivanov, in the broader cultural context of European and Russian fin de siecle. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
RUS 150Russian Culture (4) Active
Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Study of Russian culture in nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Brief introduction of the beginnings up to nineteenth century. Russian art, music, philosophy, church, traditions, and daily life. Knowledge of Russian not required. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
RUS 192Research Essay (2) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): A Russian literature course (may be taken concurrently). A research essay, based on primary and secondary sources, dealing in depth with a topic arising from or related to the prerequisite literature course. May be repeated for credit. May be repeated for credit. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
RUS 194HSpecial Study for Honors Students (4) Active
Independent Study—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Open only to majors of senior standing who qualify for honors program. Guided research, under the direction of a faculty member, leading to a senior honors thesis on a topic in Russian studies. (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
RUS 195HHonors Thesis (4) Active
Independent Study—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): RUS 194H. Writing an honors thesis, under the direction of a faculty member, on a topic in Russian studies. (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
RUS 197TTutoring in Russian (1-4) Active
Seminar—1-2 hour(s); Laboratory—1-2 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Upper division standing. Tutoring in undergraduate courses, including leadership in small voluntary discussion groups affiliated with departmental courses. May be repeated up to 6 Unit(s). (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2014 Winter Quarter.
RUS 198Directed Group Study (1-5) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
RUS 199Special Study for Advanced Undergraduates (1-5) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
RUS 299Individual Study (1-12) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Graduate standing. Restricted to graduate students. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2014 Spring Quarter.
RUS 396Teaching Assistant Training Practicum (1-4) Active
Variable—3-20 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2014 Winter Quarter.