Majors and Minors

Majors

The department offers three majors:

1. Russian Language and Literature

Concentrate on the language and culture of the Russian Federal Republic, read world-class writers, including Pushkin, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, and Pasternak in the original language.

Preparation for the Major
Required (both items below):

  • Russian 6 or 20 or equivalent proficiency
  • One course from 25, 25W, 90A, 90B, or 90BW 

The Major
Required twelve courses — 44 to 47 units (all four items below):

  • Three Russian language courses selected from Russian 100A, 100B, 100C, 101A, 101B, 101C, 102A, 102B, 102C, 103A, 103B, 103C, 107A, 107B, 107C, 108 (consult the undergraduate adviser for appropriate placement)
  • Five Russian literature and culture courses selected from 119, 120, 121, 129, 130A, 130B, 130C, 140A through 140D; and
  • Two additional Russian language and/or literature courses selected from 102A, 102B, 102C, 103A, 103B, 103C, 107A, 107B, 107C, 108, M118, 122, 124C, 124D, 124G, C124N, 124P, 124T, M127, Slavic CM114.
  • During their senior year, students must also take Slavic 191TA and Slavic 191TB in which they complete a capstone senior thesis.  

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2. Russian Studies

Learn the Russian language while studying economics, history, political science and other fields where Russian can be a plus.

Preparation for the Major
Required (both items below):

  • Russian 6 or 20 or equivalent proficiency
  • One course from 25, 25W, 90A, 90B, or 90BW

The Major
Required twelve courses — 44 to 47 units (all four items below):

  • Three Russian language courses selected from Russian 100A, 100B, 100C, 101A, 101B, 101C, 102A, 102B, 102C, 103A, 103B, 103C, 107A, 107B, 107C, 108 (consult the undergraduate adviser for appropriate placement)
  • Three additional Russian language and/or literature courses selected from 102A, 102B, 102C, 103A, 103B, 103C, 107A, 107B, 107C, 108, M118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 124C, 124D, 124G, C124N, 124P, 124T, 129
  • Four related fields courses selected from History M127A through 127D, Political Science 128A, 128B, 156A, Slavic CM114
  • During their senior year, students must also take Slavic 191TA and Slavic 191TB in which they complete a capstone senior thesis.

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3. Central and East European Languages and Cultures

Combine the study of Russian with another Slavic language such as Czech, Polish, Serbian/Croatian and Ukrainian or a non-Slavic languages such as Hungarian, Romanian, Lithuanian.

Preparation for the Major
Required:

  • Central and East European Studies 91 or Slavic 90

The Major
Required twelve courses — 44 to 47 units (all five items below):

  • One three-quarter (12 to 15 units) introductory Central and East European language sequence to be selected from Czech 101A, 101B, 101C, Hungarian 101A, 101B, 101C, Polish 101A, 101B, 101C, Romanian 101A, 101B, 101C, Serbian/Croatian 101A, 101B, 101C, or Ukrainian 101A, 101B, 101C
  • One three-quarter (12 to 15 units) advanced language sequence to be selected from Czech 102A, 102B, 102C, Hungarian 102A, 102B, 102C, Polish 102A, 102B, 102C, Romanian 102A, 102B, 102C, Serbian/Croatian 102A, 102B, 102C, or Ukrainian 102A, 102B, 102C ORany three courses from Russian 100A, 100B, 100C, 101A, 101B, 101C, 102A, 102B, 102C, 103A, 103B, 103C, 123, 130A, 140A
  • One three-quarter (12 to 15 units) introductory language sequence of a second Slavic or Central European language, or equivalent proficiency as determined through departmental testing, to be selected from Czech 101A, 101B, 101C, Hungarian 101A, 101B, 101C, Polish 101A, 101B, 101C, Romanian 101A, 101B, 101C, Serbian/Croatian 101A, 101B, 101C, or Ukrainian 101A, 101B, 101C
  • Three courses (12 units) from the following list (187 courses are 2 units each; no more than 8 units may be from the 187 series): Central and East European Studies 126, Czech 155, 187A through 187M, Ethnomusicology 161C, History 120A through 120D, Hungarian 187A through 187M, Polish 152A, 152B, 152C, 187A through 187M, Romanian 152, 187A through 187M, Russian 124G, Serbian/Croatian 187A through 187M, Slavic 125, Ukrainian 152, 187A through 187M; one of the three courses may be selected from Russian M118, 119, 120, 124C, 124D, C124N, 124T
  • During their senior year, students must also take Slavic 191TA and Slavic 191TB in which they complete a capstone senior thesis

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Minors

The department offers four minors:

1. Russian Language

 Required Lower Division Courses – 9 to 17 units (both items below):

  • Russian 6 or 20 or equivalent proficiency
  • One course from 25, 25W, 90A, 90B, or 90BW

Required Upper Division Courses (20 to 23 units):

Students select one of the following three tracks:

  1. Russian 101A, 101B, 101C and two additional Russian language or literature courses
  1. Russian 100A, 100B, 100C and two additional Russian language or literature courses
  1. Five Russian language and literature courses selected from R102A, R102B, R102C, R103A, R103B, R103C, R107A, R107B, R107C, R130A, R130B, R130C, R140A through R140D, with a minimum of three courses in Russian language

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2. Russian Literature

Required Lower Division Courses – 9 to 17 units (both items below):

  • Russian 6 or 20 or equivalent proficiency
  • One course from 25, 25W, 90A, 90B, or 90BW

Required Upper Division Courses (20 units):

  • Five Russian language and literature courses, including at least two from Russian M118, 119, 120, 130A, 130B, 130C, 140A through 140D

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3. Russian Studies

Required Lower Division Courses – 9 to 17 units (both items below):

  • Russian 6 or 20 or equivalent proficiency
  • One course from 25, 25W, 90A, 90B, or 90BW

Required Upper Division Courses (20 units):

  • Five courses in Russia-related fields, with a minimum of three courses selected from History M127A through 127D, Honors Collegium 164, Political Science 128A, 128B, 156A

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4. Central and East European Languages and Cultures

Required Lower Division Courses (5 units):

  • Central and East European Studies 91 or Slavic 90

Required Upper Division Courses (28-31 units):

  • One three-quarter introductory Central and East European language sequence to be selected from Czech 101A, 101B, 101C, Hungarian 101A, 101B, 101C, Polish 101A, 101B, 101C, Romanian 101A, 101B, 101C, Serbian/Croatian 101A, 101B, 101C, or Ukrainian 101A, 101B, 101C (students who demonstrate sufficient fluency in one of these languages through departmental testing are exempt from this three-course sequence and can replace it with a minimum of 12 units of language courses from the third bullet point)
  • One course dealing directly with the target culture to be selected from Central and East European Studies 126, Czech 155, Ethnomusicology 161C, Gender Studies M166, 185, History 120A through 120D, 130A, 130B, Polish 152A, 152B, 152C, Political Science 156B, 156D, Romanian 152, Russian 124G, Serbian/Croatian 154, Slavic 125, 179, Sociology M166, or Ukrainian 152
  • 12 units of second-year or higher-level language courses to be selected from Czech 102A, 102B, 102C, 187A through 187M, Hungarian 102A, 102B, 102C, 187A through 187M, Polish 102A, 102B, 102C, 187A through 187M, Romanian 102A, 102B, 102C, 187A through 187M, Serbian/Croatian 102A, 102B, 102C, 187A through 187M, Ukrainian 102A, 102B, 102C, 187A through 187M (187 courses are 2 units each) OR three courses dealing directly with any central and east European culture to be selected from Central and East European Studies 126, Czech 155, Ethnomusicology 161C, Gender Studies M166, 185, History 120A through 120D, 130A, 130B, Polish 152A, 152B, 152C, Political Science 156B, 156D, Romanian 152, Russian 124G, Slavic 125, Sociology M166, Ukrainian 152.

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