92-93 LS&A Bulletin

Slavic Languages and Literatures

3040 Modern Languages Building


Professor Bogdana Carpenter, Chair

May be elected as a departmental program in Russian


Bogdana Carpenter, Polish language, literature, and culture; comparative literature

Assya Humesky, Russian poetry, drama, and stylistics; Ukrainian language and literature

Vitalij Shevoroshkin, Russian morphology and phonology

Benjamin A. Stolz, Slavic linguistics, Serbo-Croatian language, literature and folklore

Irwin R. Titunik, Seventeenth and eighteenth-century Russian literature, Russian literary criticism, history of Russian literature

Associate Professors

Kevork Bardakjian, Armenian language, literature, and culture

Herbert Eagle, Russian and East European literature and film, literary and film theory

Michael Makin, Russian literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Russian language

Omry Ronen, Historical and descriptive poetics of Russian literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, metrics, Russian Formalism and Structuralism, popular sub-genres

Jindrich Toman, Slavic linguistics, Czech literature, Slavic philology

Assistant Professor

Rosamund Bartlett, Russian literature of the nineteenth century, Russian language


Nyusya Milman, Russian language

Serge Shishkoff, Russian language

The department teaches the languages, literatures, and cultures of the Slavic nations and of Armenia. The Russian language is spoken by more people than any other language except Chinese and English; in addition there are some one hundred and fifty million speakers of Czech, Polish, Serbo-Croatian and Ukrainian. These are vehicles of some of the world’s great cultures and are of increasing importance as a key to communication in trade and technology. Courses are offered in Slavic languages, literatures, and cultures, Slavic linguistics, and Armenian. A concentration is offered in Russian, and the undergraduate curriculum is designed primarily to provide competence in Russian and a knowledge of Russian literature and civilization.

The curriculum provides the language training prerequisite to specialization in a variety of careers (e.g. government, diplomacy, international trade, teaching), and offers an enriching cultural and linguistic background to non-concentrators, especially those interested in the ethnic heritage of the Slavic peoples.

Courses in English. The department offers a series of courses in English translation designed to survey the Slavic literatures and cultures for concentrators in Russian and for non-concentrators. These courses include Russian 220, 222, 231, 449, 450, 451, 452, 453, 458, 459, 461, 462, 464, 465; Slavic 221, 225, 240, 312, 313; Polish 425, 426, 427, 428, 432, and 435; Czech 480 and Serbo-Croatian 436 and 437. Russian concentrators who elect Russian 462, 463, 464, 465, or 466 are expected to read Russian texts.

Prerequisites to Concentration. Russian 101, 102, 201, and 202, (or 103 and 203) or the equivalent.

Concentration Program. Interested students should begin Russian during the freshman year. Required are: (1) Russian 301, 302, 351, 352, 449 or 450, 451, and 452; (2) at least two courses chosen from among Russian 401, 402, 413, 414, 415, 416, 417, 418, 419, 420, 422, 454, 455, 456, 457, 461, 462, 463, 464, 465, 466, 471, 472, 491, and 492; and (3) six or more credits in advanced courses in another foreign language or in social science courses which focus on Russia. Special attention is called to the courses listed under Russian and East European Studies.

Honors Concentration. Qualified students who are interested in an Honors concentration in Russian should consult Professor Makin in the second term of the sophomore year. Admission to the Honors concentration is granted to students who have completed their preliminary work in Russian with a grade point average of 3.0 or above. Qualified Honors concentrators work on a major project during the senior year, and defend an Honors thesis based on their research.

Advising and Counseling. Professor Makin is the undergraduate concentration advisor; prospective concentrators should consult him before the end of the sophomore year. Appointments are scheduled at 3016 MLB.

Teaching Certificate. Candidates for a teaching certificate with a teaching minor in Russian should consult Professor Makin and the School of Education Office of Academic Services. Information about general requirements for a teaching certificate appears elsewhere in this Bulletin.

Placement Information for Introductory Language Courses. Students with high school training in Russian are required to take both the reading and listening (CEEB) Russian tests to evaluate their language proficiency. The results of the placement test determine the proper placement level, subject to the following conditions:

1. Students with two years of Russian in high school may not elect Russian 101 for credit.

2. Students with three years of Russian in high school may not elect Russian 101 or 102 for credit.

3. Students with four years of Russian in high school may not elect Russian 101, 102, or 201 for credit.

Language Club. The student language club, the Russky Kruzhok, meets every Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at the MUG for informal conversation in Russian, sponsors lectures, theatricals, and Russian films. In addition, the Department sponsors a Russian Tea conversation table every Thursday at 4 p.m. during the Fall and Winter terms. For those interested in Russian folk songs, Russian Song Fest is held approximately six evenings per term.

Study Abroad. The Department encourages qualified students to participate in selected study abroad programs in Slavic countries and is affiliated with the CIEE Cooperative Russian Language Program at Leningrad State University.

Language Resource Center. The department uses the Language Resource Center facilities (2011 Modern Languages Building). This laboratory gives students an opportunity to improve their command of the spoken language by listening to and repeating textual materials taped by native speakers. Cassette tapes are also available to students for use at home. Certain courses require regular use of taped materials. The laboratory also monitors Russian T.V. and makes this programming available at multiple outlets. Video tapes of films and programs in a number of Slavic languages are also available.

Half Term Information. Some courses are offered in half terms for reduced credit. Refer to the Time Schedule for specific credit hour information.

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