Russian Language, Literature, and Culture Concentration

For the Degree of Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences

Major in Sciences and Letters Curriculum

E-mail: slavic@illinois.edu

Minimum required major courses equate to 30 hours including 6 hours in advanced language and 24 hours in literature and culture.

General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement.

A Major Plan of Study Form must be completed and submitted to the LAS Student Affairs Office before the end of the fifth semester (60 - 75 hours). Study abroad courses may be substituted for major and minor requirements with approval of adviser.

Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours

Departmental distinction: Graduation with distinction may be earned by completion of one of the following two options:

  • GPA in departmental courses of 3.75; or
  • GPA in departmental courses of 3.50, plus successful completion of academic study trip to the region, documented by graded transcript. See a departmental adviser to work out details, preferably two semesters before graduation.
Language: A minimum of 6 hours beyond the second year of the Russian language: RUSS 301, 302 – Third-Year Russian I, II, or equivalent6
Literature and Culture: A minimum of 24 hours is required in the following areas (RUSS 401 and 402- Fourth Year Russian I, II- can count toward the requirements of any category):24
6 hours of Introductory Culture courses:
Intro to Russian Culture (and)
Choose one of the following:
Intro to Russia and Eurasia
Intro Russian-Jewish Culture
Russ & E Euro Science Fiction
Russian & E Euro Folktales
6 hours of Literature Survey courses: Two 200-level literature or cinema courses chosen in consultation with the Undergraduate Advisor from a list maintained in the Slavic Department.
12 hours of Upper-level (300- and 400-level) Literature and Culture courses chosen from the following:
Author Courses (6 hrs.):
Russian Writers
Dostoevsky
Tolstoy
Chekhov
Nabokov
Literature and Culture Courses (6 hrs.):
Two 400-level literature or culture courses chosen in consultation with the Undergraduate Advisor from a list maintained in the Slavic Department.
Capstone Experience: All majors are required to complete a capstone course, project, or experience chosen from among the following: 0-3
(1) RUSS 493 Honors Senior Thesis (2 hrs); or
(2) a 300- or 400-level course in the Slavic Department in which a research project is undertaken; or
(3) Study abroad in the region.
Majors should consult with the Undergraduate Advisor to plan their capstone experience.