photo view from Geghard Monastery, Armenia- 1986, photo by A Stephens
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Russian


THE BA PROGRAM DOES NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPT APPLICATIONS (See Student-Initiated Major below)

Degree Requirements for the Major in Russian (for current majors)

General Program BA:   A minimum of 36 credits of Russian language (above A Rus 102L), literature, or culture courses. Two alternative tracks lead to the degree: (A) Language, (B) Literature and Culture. Each program consists of a common core of 28 credits plus at least 8 credits in the area of concentration.

 

Core Program (28 credits)

Language:  A Rus 201 (5), 202 (5), 301 (3), 302 (3), 312 (3) (19 credits).

Literature and Culture:   Three courses, at least one of which in literature, from among A Rus 251, 252, 253, 161Z, 162Z, 280 or as advised by the Director of Undergraduate Studies (9 credits).

Area Concentration:   (8 credits)

(A) Language: A Rus 311 (3) plus 5 credits in Russian language courses or in literature courses taught in Russian at the 300 level or above.

(B) Literature and Culture: A Rus 311 (3), at least one course in Russian literature at the 300 level or above, and at least one course as advised from among A Rus 380 (3), A His 354 (3), 355 (3), A Pos 354 (3) 356 (3), 452Z (3) or other courses.

STUDENT INITIATED MAJOR

As of 3/24/11 the University at Albany’s president discontinued the Russian major. As a result students cannot declare a new major in Russian.

Students may individually request the creation of a student-initiated interdisciplinary major in Russian. Interested students should contact a faculty member in the Russian program to begin the process as soon as possible. Contact the LLC office at 442-4222 or 442-4100 if questions

Degree Requirements for the Minor in Russian

Minor requirements include a minimum of 18 graduation credits in courses with A RUS prefix as advised with at least 9 credits in course work at the 300 level or above and/or in courses requiring at least one prerequisite course.

Undergraduate Language Placement

Experience indicates that students with one year of high school Russian will usually place in A Rus 101 or 102, with two years in A Rus 102, with three years in A Rus 102 or 201, and with four years in A Rus 201. Placement is contingent upon an active assessment of language skills made by the instructor in the course no later than the second class or in consultation with the undergraduate program director.

A student may not earn graduation credit for a course in a language sequence if it is a prerequisite to a course for which graduation credit has already been earned.

Students earning advanced placement credits from high school, and those earning credits in the University at Albany's University in High School Program, will be expected to register for the next course in the language sequence.

Transfer students are expected to register for the next level course in the language sequence. Placement is contingent upon an active assessment of language skills made by the instructor in the course no later than the second class or in consultation with the undergraduate program director.

Teacher Education Program

The University at Albany no longer offers a teacher certification program in Russian. Questions concerning teacher certification in other languages should be referred to the Department of Educational Theory and Practice in the School of Education.

Honors Program

The honors program in Russian is designed for outstanding Russian majors enrolled in either the general program (language, literature, or culture track) or the teacher education program.

Students may apply for admission to the honors program by submitting a letter of request to the program no later than April 15 of the sophomore year (for admission in the fall) or November 15 of the junior year (for admission in the spring). Junior transfers may apply for consideration at the time of their admission to the University.

The requirements for admission include:

  1. An overall grade point average of 3.30
  2. A point average of 3.60 in courses in Russian language and literature
  3. Written recommendations from at least three faculty members, one of whom should be from outside Slavic and Eurasian Studies.

Primary emphasis will be placed on indications of academic ability and maturity sufficient for applicants to pursue with distinction a program involving independent research and writing.

Students in the honors program are required to complete a minimum of 44-45 credits as follows:

  1. 36 credits as specified for the general program in Russian or 35 credits as specified for the teacher education program in Russian
  2. 3 credits of A Rus 397 taken in the second semester of the junior year or in the first semester of the senior year, in the course of which an independent project leading to a research paper will be carried out under faculty supervision
  3. 3 credits of A Rus 397 taken during the senior year, in the course of which an independent research project resulting in an honors thesis will be carried out
  4. 3 credits of A Rus 495, Senior Honors Seminar.

In addition, students must satisfactorily complete a comprehensive examination administered before the end of the second semester of the senior year. Students in the program must maintain both a minimum grade point average of 3.30 overall and 3.60 in courses taken to satisfy major requirements during the junior and senior years.

Russian and East European Studies:

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Concentration in History

A total of 36 credits as follows:

  • Russian Civilization (A Rus 161 or 161Z) 3 credits
  • History 21 credits:
    A His 352 or 352Z & A His 353 or 353Z 6 credits
    A His 354 or 354Z & A His 355 or 355Z 6 credits
    A His 483 or 483Z (colloquium) 3 credits
    Electives within the concentration:
    A His 360 or 360Z, 463 or 463Z, 481 or 481Z (when topic is relevant)
    A His 483 or 483Z (repeatable for credit as an elective), A His 485 or 485Z (when topic is relevant) 6 credits
  • Related courses -- 9 credits as advised from disciplines other than history
  • Senior seminar (A Res 498 or 498Z) 3 credits

Concentration in Political Science

A total of 36 credits including:

  • Political Science 21 credits
  • R Pos 102M, 370, and 371 9 credits
  • Two courses from: R Pos 354, 356, 452Z 6 credits
  • Elective: 6 credits of Political Science as advised
  • Related courses 9 credits
    Selected from A Eco 440 or 440Z, A Gog371, A His 352 or 352Z, A His 353, or 353Z A His 354 or 354Z, A His 355 or 355Z, A His 360 or 360Z
  • Senior seminar (A Res 498 or 498Z) 3 credits

Concentration in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia

A minimum of 35 credits including:

  • Geography (A Gog 371) 3 credits
  • History (A His 354 or 354Z, 355 or 355Z) 6 credits
  • Language -- 8 to 10 credits as advised
  • Literature (A Rus 252 , 253) 6 credits
  • Political Science (R Pos 354, 356) 6 credits
  • Senior seminar (A Res 498 or 498Z) 3 credits

Courses

For a complete listing and descriptions of Russian undergraduate courses offered at the University at Albany, please visit the online Undergraduate Bulletin. A variety of courses are also taught in English for those interested in literature and culture courses (the Undergraduate Bulletin listings indicate when the course is conducted in English).

Courses being currently offered in the program may be found on this website under Classes and Schedules.

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