Modern Languages and Literatures—Russian

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College of Liberal & Creative Arts

Dean: Andrew Harris

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

Humanities Building, Room 475
Phone: 415-338-1421
E-mail: russian@sfsu.edu
Web Site: http://russian.sfsu.edu/

Chair: Mohammad Salama
Undergraduate Advisor: Natalia Tkachov

Program Scope

The Russian program offers lower division language courses (RUSS 101 - RUSS 103) and courses in advanced language, conversation, composition, culture, and civilization as well as a considerable range of literature—both in Russian and in English translation—comprising a minor that will enhance a wide range of majors in various disciplines. In this post-Soviet era the study of Russian language and culture, and the knowledge of the country as a whole, becomes even more imperative. Students are either frequently visiting Russia or working there for an extended period of time. In addition, there is now a greater availability of Russian archival material to Western students, researchers, and scholars.

The minor in Russian consists of 23 units of lower and upper division coursework. Up to 13 units of prerequisite coursework or demonstrated language proficiency is required to begin the minor.

RUSS 101 First Semester Russian (Units: 5)

Instruction in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing Russian. (Page reference for Department of Foreign Language statement can be found in the Index.)

RUSS 102 Second Semester Russian (Units: 5)

Prerequisite: RUSS 101 or consent of instructor.

Continuation of RUSS 101.

RUSS 103 Third Semester Russian (Units: 5)

Prerequisite: RUSS 102 or consent of instructor.

Understanding, speaking, reading, and writing Russian at the intermediate level; Russian culture.

RUSS 260 Russian Culture and Civilization in English (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or consent of instructor.

Major themes in the development of Russian culture and civilization from the 9th Century to the present; architecture, literature, folklore, customs, music, dance, theatre and cinema. Taught in English. [Formerly RUSS 401]

RUSS 301 Reading and Grammar (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: RUSS 103 or consent of instructor.

Reading modern Russian. Development of vocabulary, syntax, and acquisition of idiomatic expressions. [Formerly RUSS 104]

RUSS 305 Advanced Grammar and Composition (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: RUSS 301 or consent of instructor.

Analysis of grammatical constructions. Exercises in composition.

RUSS 306 Advanced Conversation and Composition (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: RUSS 305 or consent of instructor.

An intensive reading-conversation course.

RUSS 307 Advanced Reading and Composition (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: RUSS 305 or consent of instructor.

Reading and composition designed to develop writing for advanced work.

RUSS 325 Practical Linguistics of Russian (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: RUSS 301 or consent of instructor.

Application of linguistics to the study of Russian sound patterns and structures.

RUSS 511 Russian Literature II in English (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or consent of instructor.

Representative works and movements of the Golden Age in Russian literature from the beginning of the 19th Century to the beginning of the 20th Century. [Taught in English.]

RUSS 610 Dostoevsky in English Translation (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent or consent of instructor.

Dostoevsky's seven important works. [Taught in English]
(RUSS 610/RUSS 810 is a paired course offering. Students who complete the course at one level may not repeat the course at the other level.)

RUSS 613 The Russian Novel: Pushkin, Lermontov, Gogol in English (Units: 3)

Prerequisite for RUSS 613: ENG 214 or equivalent or consent of instructor.
Prerequisite for RUSS 813: Graduate status or consent of instructor.

Analysis of late 18th and early 19th century Russian novels assessed from perspective of genre theory and Bakhtin's theory of novel. [Taught in English]
(RUSS 613/RUSS 813 is a paired course offering. Students who complete the course at one level may not repeat the course at the other level.)

RUSS 615 The Russian Avant-Garde (Units: 3)

Prerequisite for RUSS 615: ENG 214 or equivalent or consent of instructor.
Prerequisite for RUSS 815: Graduate standing and ENG 214 or equivalent or consent of instructor.

Creativity in Russian literature, arts, cinema, society between 1905-1930 in context of Russian traditions and Western European parallels. Taught in English.
(RUSS 615/RUSS 815 is a paired course offering. Students who complete the course at one level may not repeat the course at the other level.)

RUSS 621 Tolstoy in English Translation (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or consent of instructor.

Tolstoy-master of fiction and non-fiction, radical thinker who challenged the status quo. Major fiction works/correspondence with Gandhi. Taught in English.

RUSS 699 Independent Study (Units: 1-3)

Prerequisites: Consent of department chair and instructor.

Special topics in Russian. Written projects requiring critical analysis and interpretation of linguistic or literary problems. Material adapted to individual needs and interests. May be repeated.

RUSS 810 Dostoevsky in English Translation (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent or consent of instructor.

Dostoevsky's seven important works. [Taught in English]
(RUSS 610/RUSS 810 is a paired course offering. Students who complete the course at one level may not repeat the course at the other level.)

RUSS 813 The Russian Novel: Pushkin, Lermontov, Gogol in English (Units: 3)

Prerequisite for RUSS 613: ENG 214 or equivalent or consent of instructor.
Prerequisite for RUSS 813: Graduate status or consent of instructor.

Analysis of late 18th and early 19th century Russian novels assessed from perspective of genre theory and Bakhtin's theory of novel. [Taught in English]
(RUSS 613/RUSS 813 is a paired course offering. Students who complete the course at one level may not repeat the course at the other level.)

RUSS 815 The Russian Avant-Garde (Units: 3)

Prerequisite for RUSS 615: ENG 214 or equivalent or consent of instructor.
Prerequisite for RUSS 815: Graduate standing and ENG 214 or equivalent or consent of instructor.

Creativity in Russian literature, arts, cinema, society between 1905-1930 in context of Russian traditions and Western European parallels. Taught in English.
(RUSS 615/RUSS 815 is a paired course offering. Students who complete the course at one level may not repeat the course at the other level.)

RUSS 899 Independent Study (Units: 1-3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Study is planned, developed, and completed under the direction of a member of the department faculty. Open only to graduate students who have demonstrated ability to do independent work. Enrollment by petition.