English Language Requirements
Students registering in post-secondary level courses (numbered 100 to 499) will be required to meet the English language entrance proficiency requirements. Students in ESL or the University Foundations programs can register in those courses identified in the University Foundations program with lower levels of language proficiency.
RUSS 1013 credits
Russian Language I
Introduces the Russian language by an intensive study of the Cyrillic alphabet, the case and verb system, and essential vocabulary. Through the use of various audio/visual techniques to avoid translation, we teach you to speak, understand, read and write Russian by directly associating a visual idea with its verbal expression in Russian. Dialogues and conversations are placed within everyday situations to emphasize the "creative" aspects of learning Russian. Considerable time is spent discussing life in the former Soviet Union to familiarize you with Russian culture. There is extensive use of the multimedia laboratory.
RUSS 1023 credits
Russian Language II
RUSS 101, or instructor's permission
Continues to develop your ability to express yourself in oral and written Russian. It is sequential to
RUSS 2013 credits
Intermediate Russian I
RUSS 101 and 102, or instructor's permission
Reviews the important elements of Russian grammar studied in the first year, concentrating on the case and verb system. It develops your command of both oral and written Russian and introduces certain simplified texts for literary study. Films and slides are used to enrich the cultural content of the course. There is extensive use of the multimedia laboratory.
RUSS 2023 credits
Intermediate Russian II
RUSS 201, or instructor's permission
This course, sequential to RUSS 201, is designed to continue the development of the study of the Russian language begun in the previous course.
RUSS 2513 credits
19th Century Russian Literature in English
Introduces you to the richness of 19th century Russian society through its authors and their works. We take seven major authors of the period, such as Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Chekhov, and Pushkin, and read selected works translated into English. These literary masterpieces are studied within the context of the historical, sociological, and philosophical development of Russian society.
RUSS 2523 credits
20th Century Russian Literature in English
In this course, we try to understand the development of Russian society since the revolution by examining major works of seven post-revolutionary writers, including Pasternak, Solzhenitsyn, Zamyatin, and Sholokhov. Some are pro-Soviet and some are biased against the changes in Russia since 1917, but all are fascinating reading. We read these works in English in an attempt to understand what has happened historically and politically in Russia in the last eight decades.
RUSS 3114 credits
Advanced Russian Composition and Conversation
This course refines the students' abilities in oral and written Russian by reviewing essential elements of grammar, stylistics, and conversation. Readings will include both classic and modern selections. There is extensive use of the multimedia laboratory and Russian websites.
RUSS 3214 credits
Advanced Russian Language and Literature
This course develops the students' command of Russian with a focus on language in context, be it literary or media-based. The focus on literature will include some short Russian literary masterpieces. There is extensive use of the multimedia laboratory and Russian websites.
RUSS 3514 credits
Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky in English
RUSS 251/252 or a second-year English course
This course focuses on the major works of L.N. Tolstoy and F.M. Dostoyevsky, two of the greatest writers and thinkers of 19th century Russia, whose ideas have influenced the development of modern thought around the world. Their works will be examined in English as examples of great literature within their social and historical context.
RUSS 3524 credits
Bulgakov, Pasternak, and Solzhenitsyn
RUSS 251/252 or a second-year English course
This course concentrates in English on the works of three courageous writers who dared to express ideas that were not acceptable to the Soviet regime. These works will be examined as examples of great literature within their social and historical context.
Note: One of these literature in translation courses may be taken as part of an English major. Refer to the BA -- English major requirements for details.
Last updated: April 11, 2008