The minor will consist of 20 semester hours chosen from the following courses. Russian 112 Beginning Russian II is the prerequisite for the courses on the 200-level, or by placement exam.
I. Ten semester hours from the following two-semester hour courses:
Russian 260: Contemporary Issues (offered yearly)
Russian 262: Art of Translation (offered yearly)
Russian 263: Culture and Film (offered yearly)
Russian 264: Voices from the Past (offered alternate spring semester)
Russian 266: Russian Speech Etiquette (offered alternate years)
Russian 230: Topics in Russian Language. 1-4 semester hours
II. Four semester hours of courses on the 300-level or above (four of which may be taken by Study Abroad):
Russian 316: Cultural Traditions. 2 semester hours
Russian 317: National Identity. 2 semester hours
Russian 300: Topics in Russian Language
Russian 490: Independent Study
III. One semester hour of Russian 270: CLAC (Culture and Language Across the Curriculum)
One semester hour of Russian 370: CLAC (Culture and Language Across the Curriculum)
IV. Four semester hours chosen from:
Russian 130: Topics in Translation
History 251: History of Russia to 1796
History 252: History of Russia from 1796
History 212: Topics in Russian History as appropriate (Medieval History of Eastern Europe, etc.)
Political Science 204: Russian Politics and Society
Political Science 352: Russian Foreign Policy
Geography 232/Political Science 208: Moscow: Local Politics and Planning
Geography 250: Geography of Russian and Central Eurasia
Sociology 390: Russian and Central Eurasian Societies
Economics 231: European Economic History, Prerequisite: Economics 190
Economics 275: Economies in Transition, Prerequisite: Economics 190
Students have the option of majoring or minoring in Russian Area Studies.
2014-2015 Course Listings
105F. Russian for Professionals I. 4 semester hours.
Introduction to the study of Russian through speaking, reading and translation. Computer-assisted instruction in speaking and in reading Russian Culture. Enrollment limited to students in the School of Community Education.
106F. Russian for Professionals II. 4 semester hours.
Continuation of Russian 105; speaking, reading and translation. Russian culture through reading Russian texts. Computer-assisted instruction. Enrollment limited to students in the School of Community Education.
111. Beginning Russian I. 5 semester hours.
Introduction to the structure of Russian through oral and written practice. Every year.
112F. Beginning Russian II. 5 semester hours.
Continuation of the structure of Russian through oral and written practice. Every year.
130. Russian Topics. 4 semester hours.
Topics, chosen by the instructor, designed to be of interest to the entire campus community. Taught in English, readings in English. May be writing intensive. Offered as need arises. This course may be repeated for credit.
151A/C. Real to Reel: Russian War on Film. 4 semester hours.
An examination of Russia's wars of the Twentieth Century through the use of film. Films will be shown in chronological order with readings to accompany each film. Films are in Russian with English subtitles. No prerequisite.
152A/C. Journey into the Fantastic. 4 semester hours.
An introduction to Russian literature through the genre of the fantastic. Readings will begin with Russian fairy tales and include major authors of the 19th and 20th centuries who used the fantastic in their works. Short stories and novels of authors include Pushkin, Dostoevsky, Zamjatin, Bulgakov, the Strugatsky Brothers and Pelevin. Taught in English.
153A/C. The Modern Hero. 4 semester hours.
This course will study the impact of Russia's Modern Age on its literary hero/heroines' evolution from the mid nineteenth century to the present. A study of how the hero portrays the events occurring in Russian society. This course is taught in English and has no prerequisites.
230. Russian Topics. 1-6 semester hours.
Topics, chosen by the instructor, designed to be of interest to the entire campus community. Taught in English or in Russian, as designated by the instructor. Some sections may be writing intensive. Offered as need arises. This course may be repeated for credit.
Students may be awarded 5 or 6 semester hours for study abroad only.
241. Foreign Language Learning Center Tutor Training. 2 semester hours.
This two-credit, half semester course is designed to train incoming and potential foreign language tutors for employment in Wittenberg’s Foreign Language Learning Center (FLLC). Students who complete the course will receive a certificate from the College Reading and Learning Association stating that they are certified level 2 tutors. This course is mandatory for employment in the FLLC. Every year. There are no course prerequisites for this course, but students must be recommended by a language faculty member.
260. Understanding Contemporary Russian Social Issues. 2 semester hours
Introduction to reading skills in Russian by using authentic materials from the contemporary Russian press found on the World Wide Web. Discussion of social and cultural issues in Russian society such as the role of women, education, political movements and youth groups, immigration and relocation issues of the former Soviet Republics. Prerequisite: Russian 112 or placement.
262. Introduction to Translation. 2 credits
Introduction to the practice of good translation including more advanced topics in Russian grammar such as verbs of motion, verbal aspect and verb. Special attention to idiomatic expressions and formulaic speech patterns. Prerequisite: Russian 112 or placement.
263. Russian Film and Culture
Through the study of Russian, students will watch and discuss films that acquaint students with contemporary Russian life. Students will learn the vocabulary necessary to discuss the portrayals of family, relationships, changing value systems and social questions as reflected in Russian film. This course will also help students gain additional language skills in speaking and aural comprehension. Prerequisite: Russian 112 or placement at the 200-level (or permission of instructor).
This course may be repeated for credit if the topic changes.
266F. Speech Etiquette. 2 semester hours.
This course equips students with formulaic speech patterns that will help them conduct conversations on situational transactions such as telephone conversations, purchasing, transportation and expressing options. This course is particularly designed for those who will study abroad. Prerequisite: Russian 263: Film and Culture or by permission or placement. Offered alternate years.
316. Cultural Traditions. 2 semester hours.
An examination of the cultural heritage of Russia. Short prose works, poetry, cultural readings and films help students develop reading and conversational skills. Taught in Russian. Prerequisite: Russian 260 and 262 or by permission. Offered alternate years.
317. National Identity. 2 semester hours.
With a focus on the New Russiaas a result of the fall of the Soviet Unin, this course examines some of the major cultural responses to the social and political changes in Post Soviet life. It explores issues of how Russians define themselves as an individual as a result of the loss of the collective in Post Soviet society. Taught in Russian. Prerequisite: Russian 316 or by permission. Offered alternate years.
330. Russian Topics. 4 semester hours.
Study of special subjects, chosen by the instructor and described in the course schedule each semester. May be writing intensive. Offered as need arises. This course may be repeated for credit.
380. Methods for Teaching Foreign Language (K-12). 4 semester hours.
Course to acquire an understanding of the history and rationale for foreign language instruction and of the relationship between theories of language learning and classroom practice. The student learns to plan, implement, and evaluate language instruction for students at the elementary and secondary school levels, and to enrich curriculum content to promote appreciation of the customs, values and history of other cultures. Field experience is included. Prerequisite: Completion of two 200-level courses in the target language or by permission of the instructor. Alternate years.
490. Independent Study. Variable credit.
This course may be repeated for credit.
491. Internship. Variable credit.
This course may be repeated for credit.