Curriculum


Full List of Courses Taught

Spring 2010 Courses

104. Elementary Russian: Intensive Course
An introduction to the fundamentals of the language and culture with emphasis on communicative proficiency, clarity of pronunciation and basic skills in reading, writing, and conversation. Use of language laboratory required. Four hours of class each week, plus an additional conversation meeting with a native speaker. (Credit, full course.) Preslar

301. Advanced Russian
Completion of grammar; intensive readings from authentic materials in Russian with emphasis on continued development of conversational and writing skills. Required weekly conversation meeting with a native speaker. Normally the terminal course for the language requirement. Prerequisite: Russian 203 or placement by the department. (Credit, full course.) Seckler

303. Readings in Russian Verse
An introduction to Russian verse with emphasis on further development of vocabulary and grammatical skills. Close readings of the texts are augmented by lectures and supplementary material concerning the creative context that gave birth to them. Attention is also given to poetic translation in theory and practice and to varying approaches to literary scholarship. All readings are in Russian. Prerequisite: Russian 302 or equivalent. (Credit, full course.) Preslar

355. Russian and Soviet Film
A survey of Russian cinema from the 1920’s to the present day. The course approaches the analysis of film from the perspective of technique and methods, form, content, and cultural context. Students acquire a cinematic vocabulary while studying the genesis of Russian cinema, montage, propaganda films and socialist realism, nationalism, Stalinism, thaw and stagnation, glasnost, the post-Soviet period, and the enormous Russian and Soviet impact on world cinema. Films by Vertov, Eisenstein, Tarkovsky, Mikhalkov, Muratova, and others are studied. The course is taught in English and does not satisfy the language requirement.  Prerequisite: None. (Credit, full course.)  Seckler

361. Tolstoy in English Translation (writing-intensive)
The course surveys Tolstoy's two masterworks, Anna Karenina and War and Peace; shorter novellas such as The Death of Ivan Ilyich, The Kreutzer Sonata, and Master and Man; and provides an introduction to the author's writings on topics such as education and art.  Students move toward an understanding of Tolstoy as a novelist and thinker and situate him within broader literary, social and intellectual traditions.  This course is taught in English and does not satisfy the language requirement.  (Credit, full course.)  Preslar 



444. Independent Study

For selected students. May be taken more than once for credit. (Credit, variable from half to full course.) Staff