Russian Major (B.A.)

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The Russian program provides students with an opportunity to study one of the world's most important languages, its literature, and its culture. In addition to the intrinsic value of Russian language, literature, and culture as a liberal arts experience, majoring in Russian leads to a number of careers, such as teaching, translation and interpreting, government, and the Foreign Service. The knowledge of the language and cultural proficiency is also a valuable asset in preparing you for careers in law, economics, and international trade. All Russian majors are strongly encouraged to double major or include a relevant minor in their studies. Check out our alumni stories here.

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New students will be assigned to the proper course after consultation with the Russian faculty. A student may not receive UNH credit for elementary Russian courses if he or she has had two or more years of secondary school Russian; however, a student may petition the Russian program to be admitted to the 400-level courses for credit. In the 503-790 range, a grade of C or better is required to advance to the next course in the language series (503, 504, 631, 632, 790).

The Russian major consists of a minimum of 40 credits above RUSS 402 Elementary Russian II. Specific course requirements are:

Language Courses
RUSS 503Intermediate Russian I4
RUSS 504Intermediate Russian II4
RUSS 601Russian Conversation and Phonetics4
RUSS 631Advanced Russian Conversation and Composition4
RUSS 632Advanced Russian Conversation and Composition4
RUSS 790Advanced Language and Style4
One Culture Course
Select one of the following:4
Introduction to Russia: Contemporary Society and Culture
Topics in Russian Culture and Society in Moscow
Russia: Mythology and Propaganda
Russia:Mythology and Propaganda in Moscow
Two Literature Courses
RUSS 691Readings in Russian Literature4
Select one of the following:4
Selected Topics in World Literature
Devils, Deities, and Madness in Russian Literature
Morality, Sex and Revolution in Russian Literature
Capstone Course
Select one of the following:4
Topics in Contemporary Russian Literature: From Chekhov to Post-Modernism
Topics in Russian Culture and Society
History of Slavic Languages and Culture
Study Abroad
Majors are required to spend a semester or summer on an approved study abroad program in Russia, RUSS 685 or RUSS 686
Total Credits40

Majors are required to take RUSS 631 Advanced Russian Conversation and Composition-RUSS 632 Advanced Russian Conversation and Composition and at least one 700-level Russian course at the Durham campus.

Transfer students must earn a minimum of 12 major credits at the Durham campus.

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of each individual major program. Bachelor of arts candidates must also satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement.

Major department courses may not be used to satisfy Discovery category requirements except in the case of a second or dual major. However, majors may use the required study abroad experience to satisfy the World Cultures Discovery category requirement. Russian majors may take RUSS #521 Devils, Deities, and Madness in Russian Literature to satisfy both a Discovery Inquiry requirement and a major requirement.

The required minimum overall GPA in major coursework is 2.0.