Russian

Major in Russian Language and Literature (1136)

The major in Russian Language & Literature expects students to attain proficiency in speaking, reading, writing, and listening comprehension in Russian; it trains them to work with primary sources in Russian and to navigate challenging real-life situations. The Russian major works well on its own or as a double major with other disciplines, such as International Relations, History, English, Comparative Literature, European Studies, and Political Science.

Like all WLL majors, Russian Language & Literature majors begin with XL100 Leaving Home: Explorations in World Literature, a team-taught course in which students meet the WLL faculty through guest lectures and get oriented in the rich diversity of the world’s literary traditions. They begin Russian language study as early as possible and complete at least two language courses beyond the fifth-semester level (LR 303). Classics of Russian Prose (LR 250) introduces students to major texts in English translation and can be taken early on in the student’s program. Four additional courses in Russian language, literature, and/or culture provide greater depth in areas of special interest to the student. One elective chosen among all WLL courses on languages, literatures, and cultures other than Russian enhances understanding of Russia’s place in the world through regional, global and/or historical comparison. Students wishing to explore more of WLL’s course offerings outside of Russia may substitute an additional elective for one of their four courses in Russian language, literature, or culture.  Finally, Russian majors reconvene with all WLL majors in the senior capstone seminar XL 479, where they work with a faculty mentor on a final project using Russian-language materials.

To graduate with honors, students will maintain a GPA in the major of at least 3.4 and will take two additional courses above the 11 required for the major:

  • one additional LR or XL course chosen with approval of the advisor.
  • either XL 540 (translation seminar) or LR 401 or 402 (continuation of the thesis begun in the capstone seminar).

Minor in Russian (1106)

Required courses: (prereq: CAS LR 212 or equivalent) six courses numbered LR 240 and above. Students may include up to three transfer courses from other colleges, universities, or non-Boston University study abroad programs and must take a minimum of three courses on the Charles River Campus. Internships taken on study abroad programs may not be credited toward minor concentrations offered by the department. A grade of C or higher is required in all courses taken toward the minor.