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The course level at which students begin their study of Russian is determined by several factors. These factors include the following: the number of high-school units completed; language placement examination scores; or, for those with native or heritage competency, faculty evaluation.

Level Placement Criteria
RUS 101 No prior instruction in Russian, fewer than two high-school
units in Russian, instruction more than four years ago, or UA
placement test
RUS 102 UA credit for RUS 101 or UA placement test
RUS 201 Credit for RUS 102 or UA placement test
RUS 202 Credit for RUS 201 or UA placement test
RUS 300 Credit for RUS 202 or UA placement test

Course titles repeated with two different course numbers indicate two-semester sequences. Usually, the lower-numbered course in these sequences is offered in the fall semester and the higher-numbered course in the spring semester.

RUS 101 Elementary Russian I. 4 hours.

This course introduces students to the basics of Russian: alphabet, pronunciation, elementary vocabulary, and grammar. The course emphasizes the acquisition of reading, listening, and speaking skills by the student. The class meets five times per week.

RUS 102 Elementary Russian II. 4 hours.
Prerequisite: RUS 101 or language department placement.

This course builds upon the foundation established in RUS 101and continues with the acquisition of elementary vocabulary and grammar. The course emphasizes the acquisition of reading, listening, and speaking skills by the student. The class meets five times per week.

RUS 201 Intermediate Russian I. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: RUS 102.

This course builds upon the foundation established in RUS 101and RUS 102 and continues with the acquisition of intermediate level vocabulary and grammar. The course emphasizes the acquisition of reading, listening, and speaking skills by the student. This course introduces students to short literary texts.

RUS 202 Intermediate Russian II. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: RUS 201.

This course builds upon the foundation established in RUS 101, RUS 102, and RUS 201 and completes the acquisition of basic vocabulary and grammar. The course emphasizes the acquisition of reading, listening, and speaking skills by the student. This course continues the use of short literary texts and introduces students to higher-style literary forms.

RUS 211 Study Tour of Russia. 3 hours.

A tour of Moscow, St. Petersburg, and other cities of the former Soviet Union. Focus is on Russia’s art and architecture and on the diverse peoples of the former U.S.S.R. and their way of life. Students who have studied Russian have an opportunity to use it.

RUS 223 Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature in Translation (same as WL 223). 3 hours.

Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Turgenev, Tolstoy, Chekhov, and other authors. No knowledge of Russian is required. Offered every other year, usually in the fall semester.

RUS 224 Twentieth-Century Russian Literature in Translation (same as WL 224). 3 hours.

Nabokov, Gorky, Babel, Solzhenitsyn, Shukshin, and other authors. No knowledge of Russian is required. Offered every other year, usually in the spring semester.

RUS 251 Russian Culture. 3 hours.

Topics may include geography, law, science, agriculture, literature, sports, cinema, peasants, icons, the Russian Orthodox Church, Ukrainian Easter egg art and other folk art and crafts, foreign policy, food and cooking, entertainment, etc. No knowledge of Russian is required. Usually offered in the fall semester.

RUS 252 Russian Folklore. 3 hours.

Introduction to the epic heroes, water nymphs, wood demons, house spirits, witches, vampires, etc., of Russian folklore that still form a key part of modern Russian culture. No knowledge of Russian is required.

RUS 270 Special Topics. 3 hours.
Topics will vary. No knowledge of Russian is required.

RUS 309 Advanced Russian Conversation I. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: RUS 202 or RUS 112.

Practice in speaking modern Russian. Emphasis is on active response based on aural comprehension of the language.

RUS 310 Advanced Russian Conversation II. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: RUS 309.

Practice in speaking modern Russian. Emphasis is on active response based on aural comprehension of the language.

RUS 325 Dostoevsky. 3 hours.

The life and works of Fyodor Dostoevsky. No knowledge of Russian is required.

RUS 326 Tolstoy. 3 hours.

The life and works of Leo Tolstoy. No knowledge of Russian is required.

RUS 351 Russia to 1894 (same as HY 361). 3 hours.

RUS 352 Russia and the Soviet Union since 1894 (same as HY 362). 3 hours.

Crisis in Russian society and the coming of the Revolution; the emergence of Stalinism, and political developments since World War II, including the disintegration of the Soviet system.

RUS 361 Advanced Russian Grammar and Composition I. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: RUS 202 or RUS 112.

The study of new grammatical concepts reinforced by translation from English to Russian and by the composition of short essays in Russian on a variety of topics.

RUS 362 Advanced Russian Grammar and Composition II. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: RUS 361.

The study of new grammatical concepts reinforced by translation from English to Russian and by the composition of short essays in Russian on a variety of topics.

RUS 401 Directed Readings. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: RUS 309 and RUS 310, RUS 361 and RUS 362, or permission of the instructor.

RUS 402 Directed Readings. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: RUS 309 and RUS 310, RUS 361 and RUS 362, or permission of the instructor.

RUS 425 Readings in the Russian Press. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: RUS 310 or RUS 362.

Topics of current interest, such as the social sciences, the economy, the environment, medicine and health, and the arts. Development of passive vocabulary.

RUS 426 Readings in Russian History. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: RUS 362.

This course introduces students to advanced texts in Russian thematically focused on Russian history.

RUS 427 Business Russian. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: RUS 310 or RUS 362.

Acquisition of business Russian used in commercial transactions. Emphasis is on business letters and business conversation.

RUS 440 Russian Phonetics. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: RUS 310, RUS 362, or permission of the instructor.

Linguistic analysis of the Russian sound system in conjunction with practice in Russian pronunciation.


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