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RUSS 205: Russian Conversation (3 credits)
You are so close to proficiency in Russian! Consolidate your hard-earned language skills through conversation and oral presentations, with grammar review and written work when appropriate. Students will discuss current events along with material from films, the Internet and other sources. Have ful while improving your vocabulary and speaking skills! Honors credit available.
NOTE: RUSS 200 is designed to be taken in conjunction with RUSS 211; for Russian Studies majors, minors, and Three-Language majors this is necessary in order to proceed in the course sequence and be fully prepared for the 300-level.
PREREQ: RUSS 107 or equivalent
RUSS 211: Russian Reading and Composition: Short Fiction (3 credits)
Read entertaining and interesting 20th-century Russian short stories from a variety of genres (detective fiction, satire, tales of adventure, children's literature) to improve your reading skills and expand your vocabulary. Discussions will help you improve your speaking and listening skills, while writing exercises will facilitate your mastery of the material and develop your skills in composition. Designed to be taken at the same time as RUSS 200, this course will strengthen your grasp of the grammar covered in that course while allowing you to focus on reading techniques and the construction of the complex Russian sentence. Taking the two courses together will enable you to make a significant and leap forward in learning the language. Honors credit available.
NOTE: RUSS 211 is designed to be taken in conjunction with RUSS 200; for Russian Studies majors, minors, and Three-Language majors this is necessary in order to proceed in the course sequence and be fully prepared for the 300-level.
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PREREQ: RUSS 200, if not taken simultaneously with RUSS 200.
RUSS 440: St. Petersburg in Literature (3 credits)
Come explore Peter the Great's "Window to the West" through the works of well-known Russian authors such as Dostoevsky, Gogol, Pushkin, Bely and Solzhenitsyn. Decide for yourself, as the authors did: Is St. Petersburg the intolerable whim of an eccentric and overly ambitious tsar who settled a malarial swamp in the far north, or is it an enchanting muse, full of contradictions and beauty, to which one feels repeatedly obliged to return? The city Dostoyevsky called "the most abstract and premeditated city in the whole world" repulsed and excited authors during its 300-year history. It has survived natural disasters ranging from flood, famine, and disease, to man-made strife in the form of civil war, Stalinist purges, and an epic Nazi siege. Though it has suffered identity crises, undergoing numerous name changes and competing with Moscow as the favored center of government, Petersburg retains a beloved place in the soul of many Russians. This great city has generated its own spirit in literature and art and has taken on a life of its own; join us on a sweeping and memorable journey to know this "Venice of the North"!
PREREQ: Any RUSS 300-level course
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