Minor in Russian

All CWRU students may obtain a minor in Russian by taking 5 (five) courses in the Russian program..

Students beginning Russian at the introductory level must take 101, 102, 201, 202, and one 300-level course.

Students beginning Russian at the 200-level must take five courses at the 200- and 300-level.

Russian Courses

RUSN 101. Elementary Russian I. 4 Units.
Introductory course emphasizing conversational skills.
Students achieve control of alphabet, sound system, and basic sentence structures in spoken and written Russian.

RUSN 102. Elementary Russian II. 4 Units.

Continuation of RUSN 101, emphasizing conversational skills.
Recommended preparation: RUSN 101.

RUSN 201. Intermediate Russian. 4 Units.
Furthers students’ ability in four basic language skills: understanding, speaking, reading and writing; expands knowledge of Russian grammar and vocabulary.
Recommended preparation: RUSN 102.

RUSN 202. Introduction to Contemporary Civilization. 4 Units.
Continuation of RUSN 201; introduces contemporary Russian culture through readings and discussion.
Recommended preparation: RUSN 201.

RUSN 210. Russian for Heritage Speakers. 3 Units.
This course is designed for those students who grew up in Russian-speaking families and want to learn or improve their reading and writing skills.

RUSN 311. Advanced Conversation. 3 Units.
Students work to improve fluency in spoken Russian. Topics of conversation include aspects of contemporary civilization; current vocabulary is stressed.
Recommended preparation: RUSN 202.

RUSN 319. Life in Modern Russia. 3 Units.
Examines aspects of life in modern Russia, between the 1917 Revolution and the present, including political and social systems and cultural life through the study of texts, films and other media. Taught in Russian.
Recommended preparation: RUSN 202.

RUSN 320. Introduction to Russian Literature. 3 Units.
Introduction to major literary movements, principal writers, and outstanding works of Russian literary works. Taught in Russian.
Recommended preparation: RUSN 202 or equivalent.

RUSN 370. Special Topics in Russian. 3 Units.
This course is designed to address the students’ and faculty interests in specific themes or issues not otherwise covered in the curriculum. Approaches and content will vary. This course may have a focus that crosses generic, artistic, historical, disciplinary and geographical boundaries. The honing of the analytical and interpretive skills as well as development of Russian language skills are also integral objectives of the course. The class is conducted in Russian. All written assignments are in Russian.
Recommended Preparation: Two years of Russian.

RUSN 375. Russian Literature in Translation. 3 Units.
Topics vary according to student and faculty interest. May include Russian classical and modern literature, cinema, women writers, and individual authors. May count towards Russian minor. Taught in English. No knowledge of Russian required.
Cross-listed with WLIT 375. Satisfies the Global and Cultural Diversity requirement.

RUSN 399. Independent Study. 1 – 3 Unit.
Students with special interests in Russian language, literature and culture may enroll in this course.
Permission of the instructor required.

Russian Song Course

The Russian Song course is dedicated to the exploration and performance of vocal music from Russia and the former USSR. Russia comprises many ethnic groups and has a vast repertoire of folk music, folk instruments, and singing styles.

Students will learn children’s songs, art songs, “city” romances, Cossack songs, Georgian polyphony and folk dances. Each song is placed in context, with an eye towards culture, symbolism, history, poetry/lyrics, and customs. Students will look at how classical composers use Russian folk music in their long forms.

The study of Chastushki, an ancient Russian village phenomenon which continues to evolve, will lead to creating students’ own stylistically appropriate poetry and ostinato. Russian percussion and other instruments will enhance the song and dance, all culminating in a final performance at the end of the semester.

Offered as RUSN 305 and MUGN 310.