German and Russian Minors

2015 - 2016 Catalog

The German and Russian department has the following degrees:

German minor

A minor in German requires at least seven courses beyond GERM 261, as follows. A student may not complete both a minor in German and either a major in German. In meeting the requirements of this discipline-based minor, a student may not use more than nine (9) credits used to meet the requirements of another major or minor. German minors are encouraged, though not required, to have a term of study in a German-speaking country.

  1. GERM 262, or equivalent, 311, and 312
  2. Four additional German-language or German-related courses including:
    a. at least two 300- or 400-level courses taught in German
    b. The remaining two courses can be in German, OR one may be a German literature in translation course (LIT 295) and one may be a German-related course taken from the approved cognate list.
  1. Required courses
    • GERM 262 - Intermediate German II (or equivalent)

      FDR: FL
      Credits: 4
      Planned Offering: Winter


      Prerequisite: GERM 261 or the equivalent.

      Emphasis on listening comprehension and speaking, as well as reading and writing. The course also offers the student some acquaintance with German literature and culture.

    • GERM 311 - Advanced German

      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Fall


      Prerequisite: GERM 262 or equivalent.

      Following a study of German phonology and the components of advanced German grammar, the course emphasizes spoken German, accompanied by written exercises.

    • GERM 312 - Advanced German

      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Winter


      Prerequisite: GERM 311.

      A continuing course of advanced German with emphasis on the written language through composition and a study of stylistics. Advanced conversational material is drawn from topics relevant to contemporary life in the German-speaking world.

  2. Four additional German-language or German-related courses including:
  3. a. at least two 300- or 400-level courses taught in German

    b. The remaining two courses can be in German, OR one may be a German literature in translation course (LIT 295) and one may be a German-related course taken from the approved cognate list.

Russian Language and Culture minor

A minor in Russian language and culture requires at least eight courses. A student may not complete both a major in Russian area studies and a minor in Russian language and culture. In meeting the requirements of this interdisciplinary minor, a student must use at least nine credits that are not also used to meet the requirements of any other major or minor.

  1. Language: RUSS 111, 112, 261, 262, 301, 302
  2. Literature: Either 315 or 316.
  3. Culture Component: Two courses chosen from the following:
    ARTH 380, when the topic is appropriate
    HIST 220, 221, 222, 228, 322
    LIT 215, 263
    RUSS 315, 316, 395
    RAS 403, when the topic is appropriate
    SOAN 245, 246, 260
  1. Language:
    • RUSS 111 - Elementary Russian I

      Credits: 4
      Planned Offering: Fall


      A basic course in Russian which includes the spoken language, fundamental grammar and reading.

    • RUSS 112 - Elementary Russian II

      Credits: 4
      Planned Offering: Winter


      Prerequisite: RUSS 111 or its equivalent.

      A basic course in Russian which includes the spoken language, fundamental grammar and reading.

    • RUSS 261 - Intermediate Russian I

      Credits: 4
      Planned Offering: Fall


      Prerequisite: RUSS 112 or its equivalent.

      Continuation of RUSS 112 with some attention to Russian literature and culture.

    • RUSS 262 - Intermediate Russian II

      FDR: FL
      Credits: 4
      Planned Offering: Winter


      Prerequisite: RUSS 261 or its equivalent.

      Continuation of RUSS 261 with some attention to Russian literature and culture.

    • RUSS 301 - Advanced Russian I

      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Fall


      Prerequisite: RUSS 262 or equivalent.

      Speaking, reading and writing of Russian with increased attention to Russian literature and advanced grammar.

    • RUSS 302 - Advanced Russian II

      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Winter


      Prerequisite: RUSS 301.

      A continuation of RUSS 301.

  2. Literature:
  3.  Take either

    • RUSS 315 - 19th-Century Russian Literature

      FDR: HL
      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Offered when interest is expressed and departmental resources permit


      Prerequisite: RUSS 262 or equivalent.

      The novels, plays, poetry, and literary movements of the 19th century. Authors examined include Pushkin, Gogol, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Turgenev, and Chekhov. Conducted in Russian.

    • RUSS 316 - 20th-Century Russian Literature

      FDR: HL
      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Offered when interest is expressed and departmental resources permit


      Prerequisite: RUSS 262 or equivalent.

      The novels, plays, poetry, and literary movements of the 20th century. Solzhenitsyn, Babel, Platonov, Mandelshtam, and Tsvetaeva are examples of authors examined. Conducted in Russian.

  4. Culture Component:
  5. Two courses chosen from the following:

    • ARTH 394 - Seminar in Art History when the topic is appropriate

      FDR: HA
      Credits: 3 in fall or winter, 4 in spring
      Planned Offering: Fall, Winter, Spring


      Prerequisites: Three credits in art history and instructor consent.

      Research in selected topics in art history with written and oral reports. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

    • HIST 220 - Imperial Russia, 1682 to 1917

      FDR: HU
      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Fall


      From the rise to power of Peter the Great, Russia's first emperor, through the fall of the Romanov dynasty.

    • HIST 221 - Soviet Russia, 1917 to 1991

      FDR: HU
      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Winter 2017


      Note: Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Interested first-years may request instructor consent.

      The revolutions of 1917, the emergence of the Soviet system, the Stalinist period, Stalin's successors, and the eventual collapse of the USSR.

    • HIST 222 - Decline and Fall of the Soviet Union and the Resurgence of Russia

      FDR: HU
      Credits: 4
      Planned Offering: Spring 2016 and alternate years


      Note: Completion of HIST 102 is recommended but not required.

      This course analyzes the reasons for the decline of the Soviet Union commencing in the latter part of the Brezhnev era and its collapse under the weight of the failed reforms of Gorbachev. It further traces the fragmentation of the USSR into fifteen republics and the simultaneous devolution of authority within the Russian Republic under Yeltsin. The course concludes with the remarkable reassertion of state power under Putin up to the present. Students write an essay assessing the Yeltsin transition and engage in a class debate at the end of the term on the prospects for Russia's future.

    • HIST 228 - Women in Russian History

      FDR: HU
      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Winter


      Students read many accounts by and about Russian women to gain an understanding of how Russian women have been affected by wars, revolutions, and other major events and, simultaneously, how they have been agents of change from the beginnings Russian history up to the present.

    • HIST 322 - Seminar in Russian History

      Credits: 3 credits in fall or winter, 4 in spring
      Planned Offering: Winter


      Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing. Note: Completion of HIST 102 or 221 is recommended but not required prior to taking HIST 322.

      Selected topics in Russian history, including but not limited to heroes and villains, Soviet biography, Stalin and Stalinism, the USSR in the Second World War and origins of the Cold War, the KGB, and the decline and fall of the Soviet Union and the re-emergence of Russia. May be repeated for degree and major credit if the topics are different.

    • LIT 215 - 20th-Century Russian Literature in Translation

      FDR: HL
      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Winter


      Prerequisite: Completion of FW FDR requirement.

      Selected Russian literary masterpieces (short stories, plays and novels). Authors include Olesha, Babel, Nabokov, and Solzhenitsyn.

    • LIT 263 - 19th-Century Russian Literature in Translation

      FDR: HL
      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Fall


      Prerequisite: Completion of FW requirement.

      A study of major works by Pushkin, Lermontov, Gogol, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and Chekhov.

    • RUSS 315 - 19th-Century Russian Literature

      FDR: HL
      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Offered when interest is expressed and departmental resources permit


      Prerequisite: RUSS 262 or equivalent.

      The novels, plays, poetry, and literary movements of the 19th century. Authors examined include Pushkin, Gogol, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Turgenev, and Chekhov. Conducted in Russian.

    • RUSS 316 - 20th-Century Russian Literature

      FDR: HL
      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Offered when interest is expressed and departmental resources permit


      Prerequisite: RUSS 262 or equivalent.

      The novels, plays, poetry, and literary movements of the 20th century. Solzhenitsyn, Babel, Platonov, Mandelshtam, and Tsvetaeva are examples of authors examined. Conducted in Russian.

    • RUSS 395 - Topics in Russian Literature

      FDR: HL
      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Offered when interest is expressed and department resources permit


      Prerequisite: RUSS 262 or equivalent.

      A seminar on a particular author, period, or genre. The subject changes annually. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different. Conducted in Russian.

    • RAS 403 - Directed Individual Study when the topic is appropriate

      Credits: 3


      Prerequisite: Permission of the Russian Area Studies Committee.

      Directed Individual Study.

    • SOAN 245 - European Politics and Society

      FDR: SS4
      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Fall 2016 and alternate years


      A comparative analysis of European political systems and social institutions. The course covers the established democracies of western and northern Europe, the new democracies of southern and east-central Europe, and the post-Communist regimes in eastern and southeastern Europe. Mechanisms of European integration are also discussed with attention focused on institutions such as European Union, NATO, OSCE, and Council of Europe.

    • SOAN 246 - Post-Communism and New Democracies

      FDR: SS4
      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Fall 2017 and alternate years


      A comparative analysis of transition from Communism in the countries of the former Soviet bloc. Cases of successful and unsuccessful transitions to civil society, pluralist democracy, and market economy are examined. The comparative framework includes analysis of transition from non-Communist authoritarianism and democratic consolidation in selected countries of Latin America, the Mediterranean, Southeast Asia, and South Africa.

    • SOAN 260 - Conflicts in Eurasi Globalization, New States, and Soviet Legacies

      FDR: SS4
      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Not offered in 2015-16


      In this course, students learn how to apply anthropology and a wide range of other disciplinary techniques to understand and attempt to solve post-socialist problems. Students do independent research on issues relevant to their main areas of course work. We explore how ethnographic fieldwork and cultural theory provide key information about how people in Eurasia relate to daily conflicts through common past socialist experiences and new interactions with globalization, transnational movements, and the world market. Throughout the term, we discuss differences and similarities, advantages and disadvantages of various disciplinary approaches to key conflicts in the region. Topics include crime, the emerging marketplace, poverty, health, gender, and ethnic conflict. We study Eurasia via issues rather than geography, and we focus intensely on the transnational effects of wars in Chechnya and Afghanistan. The class reads material from anthropology and other disciplines and watches several documentaries.