The major in The Russian and Central Eurasian Studies Program was established to give the Wittenberg student the opportunity to study the complicated fabric of Russian society by means of an interdisciplinary approach. In addition to the required courses each major and minor is required to attend Russian Studies Colloquia at least once each term.
Thirty-six semester hours required, distributed in the following manner:
Eight semester hours in language above Russian 112 or the equivalent. These courses may be chosen from the following:
- Russian 205: Readings in Russian Culture
- Russian 210: Beginning Conversation and Composition
- Russian 310: Advanced Conversation and Composition
Humanities and Social Sciences
At least one course must be at the 300 level or above
Four semester hours in Russian literature in translation chosen from the following:
- Russian 230: Topics course in Russian Literature
- Russian 260: Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature
- Russian 261: Twentieth-Century Russian Literature
Eight semester hours in history chosen from the following:
- History 251: History of Russia to 1917
- History 252: History of the USSR and successor states
- History 390: Reading Colloquium
Twelve semester hours in the social sciences, chosen from at least three different departments, from the following:
- Political Science 204: Russian Politics
- Political Science 352: Russian Foreign Policy
- Economics 231: European Economic History
- Sociology 390: Post-Soviet Societies and Cultures
- Geography 250: Regional Geography: Post Soviet Realm
- Geography 380: Topics
Four semester hours chosen from among the courses in The Russian and Central Eurasian Studies Program, including advanced language. Elective must be at the 300 level or above. This elective allows the student to pursue a special emphasis.
Departmental Honors in The Russian and Central Eurasian Studies Program
The student seeking departmental honors must complete an Honors Thesis. The Senior Honors Thesis would involve significant interdisciplinary research in The Russian and Central Eurasian Studies Program, and would fulfill four credits towards The Russian and Central Eurasian Studies Program major. The formal academic criteria for enrolling into a program will be prior attainment of the overall GPA of 3.5. The proposal submitted by the student should be approved by the departmental faculty. A committee of three members will be designated to supervise the project.
Languages Across the Curriculum
The Russian and Central Eurasian Studies Program Program heartily encourages the concept of "languages across the discipline." The student with sufficient language background may do a portion of the course work in the Russian language. This allows the student not only to practice the language but also to apply it to an area of interest. Prior approval of a text will be given by the language instructor to insure the appropriate level for the student. Participation is voluntary, but highly recommended.