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Russian and Central Eurasian Studies Courses & Requirements

Degrees Offered:

  • B.A.: Russian and Central Eurasian Studies
  • Minor: Russian and Central Eurasian Studies

Course Listings

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Degree Requirements:

Major in Russian and Central Eurasian Studies

The major in Russian and Central Eurasian Studies was established to give the Wittenberg student the opportunity to study the complicated fabric of Russian society by means of an interdisciplinary approach. This 38-credit program requires you to take classes from at least four departments, in addition to the Russian and Central Eurasian Studies Capstone class in your senior year.

Thirty-eight credits required, distributed in the following manner:

Required Classes

  • HIST 253H/C: Soviet Russia (4 credits)
  • RCEP 495: Senior Capstone (2 credits)

Russian Language

Eight credits in language above Russian 112 or the equivalent. These courses may be chosen from the following:

  • RUSS 230: Topics in Russian Language (2 credits)
  • RUSS 260: Contemporary Issues (2 credits)
  • RUSS 262: Art of Translation (2 credits)
  • RUSS 263: Culture and Film (2 credits)
  • RUSS 264: Voices from the Past (2 credits)
  • RUSS 266: Speech Etiquette (2 credits)
  • RUSS 316: Cultural Tradition (2 credits)
  • RUSS 317: Russian National Identity (2 credits)
  • RUSS 330: Topics in Advanced Language (4 credits)
  • RUSS 490: Independent Study (1-4 credits)

History

Eight credits in history chosen from the following:

  • HIST 251H/C: Medieval Russia
  • HIST 252H/C: Imperial Russia
  • HIST 253: Soviet Russia (required)
  • HIST 101/201/301: Topics (when appropriate)
  • HIST 309: Eurasian Nomads

Russian Literature

Four credits in Russian literature in translation chosen from the following:

  • RUSS 151-54A/C: Russian Literature In Translation
  • RUSS 490: Independent Study in Russian

Social Science

Twelve credits in the social sciences, chosen from at least three different departments, from the following:

  • POLI 352: Russian Foreign Policy
  • POLI 359: Topics: Russian-Chinese-US Trilateral PolitikĀ 
  • SOCI 301C: Special Topics
  • ECON 231: European Economic History (Requires ECON 190)
  • ECON 275: Economies in Transition (Requires ECON 190)
  • RUSS 230: Topics: Russian Society Today
  • RCEP 490: Topics

Elective

Four credits 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.


Minor in Russian and Central Eurasian Studies

The minor in Russian and Central Eurasian Studies allows students to develop an interest in the area, its language, culture and history without taking the full 38-credit major. The minor (20-22 credits) still requires students to learn some of the language, some of the history and additional information about the region.

The RCEP minor is composed of 20-22 credits which include either 8 credits from RUSS 105 and 106 or 10 hours from RUSS 111 (5 credits) and 112F (5 credits). Letters refer to the General Education category that RCEP courses fulfill.

Language

  • RUSS 105 & 106
  • RUSS 111: Beginning Russian I
  • RUSS 112F: Beginning Russian II

Humanities

Four credits from the following:

  • RUSS 151-54A/C: Russian Literature in Translation
  • RUSS 490: Independent Study
  • HIST 251H/C: Medieval Russia
  • HIST 252H/C: Imperial Russia
  • HIST 253: Soviet Russia (required)
  • HIST 309: Eurasian Nomads
  • HIST 490: Independent Study

Social Sciences

Four credits from the following:

  • POLI 352: Russian Foreign Policy
  • SOCI 301C: Special Topics
  • ECON 231: European Economic History (Requires ECON 190)
  • ECON 275: Economies in Transition (Requires ECON 190)

Elective

Four credits chosen from the following:

  • RUSS 260: Contemporary Issues (2 credits)
  • RUSS 262: Art of Translation
  • RUSS 263: Culture and Film (2 credits)
  • RUSS 264: Voices of the Past (2 credits)
  • RUSS 266: Speech Etiquette (2 credits)
  • RUSS 316: Cultural Traditions (2 credits)
  • RUSS 317: Russian National Identity (2 credits)
  • RUSS 330: Topics in Advanced Language
  • RUSS 490: Independent Study
  • RCEP 495: Senior Capstone (2 credits)

Departmental Honors in the Russian and Central Eurasian Studies Program

The student seeking departmental honors must complete an Honors Thesis. The Senior Honors Thesis involves significant interdisciplinary research in the Russian and Central Eurasian Studies Program, and fulfills four credits toward the Russian and Central Eurasian Studies 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 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.

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