Courses in RUSSIAN (DIVISION 466)

101. First-Year Russian. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 103 or 111. (4). (LR).

In this course the student is introduced to the basics of Russian pronunciation and grammar. The course begins with an intensive study of the Russian sound system and orthographic rules (the alphabet and correct spelling). Students spend an average of 1.5 hours a day working in the language lab in the first few weeks of the course. After the basics of pronunciation and spelling are mastered, the course turns to the basics of the Russian grammar and the nature of the homework shifts. Now students spend two hours each week in the language lab, and do an average of 1-1.5 hours a night writing exercises. The class is supplemented by video shows and slide shows. This class, just as Russian 102, 201, and 202 has evening exams. Students who intend to concentrate in Russian Language and Literature or in Russian and East European Studies might consider taking the intensive class, Russian 103. Cost:2 WL:4

102. First-Year Russian, Continued. Russian 101 or equivalent. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 103, 111, or 112. (4). (LR).

In this course, the sequel to Russian 101, students continue their survey of Russian grammar, expand their vocabulary and learn to express themselves in Russian about topics of interest including Russian and Soviet history and culture. The class is supplemented by video shows and slide shows. Students are expected to spend at least two hours a week listening to tapes in the language lab and to complete 1-1.5 hours of written homework every night. This course entails three hourly exams which are given in the evening over the course of the term. Cost:2 WL:4

103/RC Core 193. Intensive First-Year Russian. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 101, 102, 111, or 112. (10). (LR).

This course covers in one term what is ordinarily covered in two terms in Russian 101 and 102. The course carries ten credit hours which is over half the average underclass academic load and is designed for highly motivated students who wish to acquire rapid mastery of Russian. This course is especially recommended for students intending to choose a concentration in Russian Language and Literature or Russian and East European Studies. Students are expected to complete approximately 20 to 25 hours of homework per week, including four to five hours in the language laboratory. Cost:3 WL:3

201. Second-Year Russian. Russian 102 or 103 or equivalent. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 203. (4). (LR).

This course reviews and expands grammatical concepts first covered during the First-Year Russian (101 and 102) courses, focusing on verbal aspect, declension, and the verbs of placement. The course also emphasizes speaking and listening skills. Students are expected to complete 8-12 hours of homework per week. Cost:3 WL:4

202. Second-Year Russian, Continued. Russian 201 or equivalent. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 203. (4). (LR).

This course assumes students' knowledge of the fundamentals of Russian grammar, and involves a comprehensive study of the declension of numbers, the use of verbs of motion (with and without spatial prefixes), the formation and usage of participles and gerunds. Students read and write texts of increasing complexity, discussing Russian and Soviet history, culture and other topics of interest. The course requires 8-12 hours of homework per week. Cost:3 WL:4

301. Third-Year Russian. Russian 202 or equivalent and satisfactory scores on a proficiency test. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 303. (4). (Excl).

Third-year Russian starts with the assumption that the basic aspects of the language have been assimilated, and therefore emphasizes practical skills reading, writing, and speaking. Difficult grammatical points are reviewed, vocabulary is greatly enlarged, idiomatic constructions are studied. It is a recitation course and students are asked to participate in class discussion and give oral reports. Students are evaluated on the basis of both their oral and written performance. Cost:2 WL:4

401. Fourth-Year Russian. Russian 302 or equivalent. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 403. (4). (Excl).

Russian 401 is offered during the Fall Term and Russian 402 is offered during the Winter Term of every academic year. Prerequisites: three years of Russian (minimum). Work in class and in the language lab covers the following: advanced Russian phonetics, reading of various texts, compositions and oral reports. Work in grammar covers Russian verbal prefixes and aspects, a review of the verbs of motion, particles and verbal adverbs. Progress is checked by examinations and term papers. Cost:1 WL:2,3 (Milman)

413. Business Russian. Russian 302 or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

This course is planned for Advanced Russian students (3rd year or above) who are oriented toward economics or business. In particular, this would target seniors seeking experience in international business and graduate students in the Center for Russian and East European Studies Master Degree program (or in various departments, who either wish to pursue employment opportunities in business or government or who wish to get a Ph.D. in economics, political science or history.) Course will focus upon the vocabulary and locations of commercial Russian, both oral and written. Students will be expected to learn format and jargon for various types of business communication. Quizzes and examinations will be given as appropriate, both written and oral. No final examinations. Cost:2 WL:4 (Milman)

415. Analysis of Contemporary Spoken Russian. Russian 402 or 403, or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

Russian 415 emphasizes difficult aspects of the Russian language, such as colloquial Russian, idioms and set phrases, and practical stylistics as an instrument of style. Students read short stories by different Russian authors, plays, articles from newspapers and magazines, and write compositions and give oral reports. Students are evaluated on the basis of both oral and written performance. Cost:1 (Milman)


231/University Courses 174. Russian Culture and Society: An Introduction. (3). (HU).

This is an interdisciplinary overview of the ten centuries of Russian culture, featuring presentations by faculty specialists. The tragic historical predicament of Russia will be discussed through its manifestations in verbal, visual, and performing arts, as well as in scientific, philosophical and scientific thought. The student will learn about such contributions to world culture as Igor's Tale, the Kievan Sophia, the icons as an expression of Orthodox spirituality, the drama of St. Petersburg and its great poetry and prose, the daring artistic experiments of Russian modernism in the 20th century, the towering multicultural and polyglot achievement of Nobokov, and the heroic contribution of Russian artists to the liberation of Russia. Requirements: midterm and final take-home. No knowledge of Russian necessary. (Ronen)

351. Introduction to Russian Literature. Russian 202 or equivalent. (3). (Excl).

This course is an introduction to the study of Russian prose fiction from Pushkin to recent times. It is intended to increase vocabulary, reading speed, and written and oral fluency, while developing literary-analytical skills and literary-historical knowledge. Classic works of the nineteenth- and twentieth-centuries are read and analyzed. Classes are conducted in Russian; all reading and writing are done in Russian. Seven papers in Russian, a mid-term, a final (both in Russian), are occasional quizzes are required. By the end of the course students should be comfortable reading well over thirty pages of difficult, literary Russian a week. Cost:1 WL:2 (Makin)

355. Supervised Reading of Russian Literature. Permission of instructor. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be elected for credit twice.

Students develop a term-long reading and writing project on a topic or topics in Russian literary or linguistic studies, in consultation with a member of the faculty. Readings usually include substantial amounts of Russian. Weekly meetings with the supervisor may be conducted in English or Russian. Writing assignments made according to the number of credit hours elected, but must correspond to the writing expectations of upper-level department courses. Cost:1 WL:2 (Makin, or any other graduate faculty)

449. Twentieth-Century Russian Literature. A knowledge of Russian is not required. (3). (HU).

This historical survey of Russian literature from 1890 to 1921 covers the final achievements of realism in the later works of Tolstoy and Chekhov, the art of symbolism, the post-symbolist currents in poetry and prose, and the major literary events of the first post-revolutionary years both in the USSR and in exile. The required reading includes English translations of representative poems by Soloviev, Bryusov, Balmont, Merezhkovsky, Hippius, Sologub, Blok, Belyi, Vjacheslav Ivanov, Annensky, Kuzmin, Khodasevich, Gumilev, Akhmatova, Mandelstam, Khlebnikov, Mayakovsky, Pasternak, Tsvetaeva, and Esenin. Students select their own readings in prose and drama out of an extensive list of titles ranging from Soloviev's THREE CONVERSATIONS through Belyi's PETERSBURG to Zamyatin's WE. Midterm paper and a final examination. Cost:1 WL:3 (Ronen)

451/RC Hums. 451. Survey of Russian Literature. A knowledge of Russian is not required. (3). (HU).

This course focuses mainly on the first stage of that Russian literature which has since become classic world literature (well represented in translations), specifically: the Russian fiction of approximately the first 2/3 of the 19th century. Assigned readings will consist of stories and/or novels by Pushkin, Lermontov, Gogol, Turgenev, Goncharov, Dosteovsky and Tolstoy. Introductory lectures will supply a sketch of Russian literary history from the 11th to the 19th century; lectures will also be presented about each writer in the main section of the course regrading life, literary career and position within Russian literature. Analysis of the assigned readings will receive the greatest attention. Discussion sessions will be held periodically. Two examinations; paper requirements will vary per students' status (concentrator or non-concentrator, graduate or undergraduate). Cost:2 WL:1 (Titunik)

462. Dostoevsky. A knowledge of Russian is not required. (3). (HU).

A survey of the career and major works of Dostoevsky, including Poor folk, the Double Notes from the Underground, Crime and Punishment, The Devils, and The Brothers Karamazov This course sets Dostoevsky's fiction in the context of his extraordinary life, and of the intellectual and social history of his time, while also for those without specialized knowledge in the area who wish to explore Dostoevsky as one of the masters of the European novel. Lectures, with discussion encouraged. Two six-to-eight page papers, an in-class midterm and final. Cost:2 WL:2

471. Modern Russian Poetry. A knowledge of Russian is required. (3). (Excl).

The subject of the course is Russian lyric poetry in the age of Symbolism, with some comparative material on longer narrative poems and verse drama. Reading, translation, and explication of selected poems by Vladimir Solov'ev, Brjusov, Bal'mont, Sologub, Zinaida and Vladimir Gippius, Konevskoj, Blok, Belyj, Vjaceslav Ivanov, Bunin, and Annenskij. Translations are to be prepared for every class. There is a final exam. (Ronen)

491. Senior Honors Course. Approval of departmental Honors Committee. (3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). 491 and 492 may be elected for a total of 6 credits.

The first half of the two-term Honors course. Honors students, working in consultation with the Honors advisor and a thesis supervisor, conduct research on an area of literary or linguistic studies. By the end of 491 the students should have a detailed bibliography and a prospectus for a thesis. Regular meetings with the supervisor and participation in an informal seminar are expected. Studies continue with 492.

Courses in Czech (Division 355)

141. First-Year Czech. (4). (LR).

This is a beginner's course in the essentials of grammar and pronunciation. Daily preparation, quizzes and tests and the language lab are required of all students. Cost:1

480. Supervised Czech Reading. Permission of instructor. (1-4). (Excl). May be elected for credit twice.

Selected readings in Czech on specific topics according to the student's needs and qualifications. Knowledge of Czech through Czech 142 is required. Cost:1 (Toman)

Courses in Polish (Division 447)

121. First-Year Polish. (4). (LR).

Introductory course presenting basic grammatical information and vocabulary. Constant oral drill and practice. Regular use of language laboratory. During the second term short Polish stories and poems are read as part of the classwork, and conversations and discussions in Polish are introduced at an elementary level. Cost:1 WL:4

221. Second-Year Polish. Polish 122 or equivalent. (4). (LR).

This course builds on work done in 121-122, First-Year Polish, and assumes a good knowledge of the grammatical structure of the language. Emphasis is placed first on reading Polish and second on developing increased competence in speaking and writing. Cost:1 WL:4 (Witkowski)

321. Third-Year Polish. Two years of Polish or the equivalent. (3). (Excl).

This course builds substantially on work done in 221-222, Second-Year Polish. Emphasis on recognizing and practicing various styles: writing business and personal letters; scholarly and artistic prose; poetry; idiomatic, contemporary slang; and translation for publication. Cost:2 WL:3

425. Polish Literature in English. (3). (HU).

The course surveys the development of Polish literature in terms of individual authors and major literary movements from the beginning until 1863. Individual critical analyses of texts required. A knowledge of Polish is NOT required. All readings in English translation. Can NOT be taken as tutorial. Cost:3 WL:3 (Carpenter)

450. Directed Polish Reading. Permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

The course is designed for students who wish to read Polish texts in the original. Readings are selected individually by students in consultation with the instructor, and they cover different fields including literature, art, philosophy, journalism, and history. Prerequisite: three years of Polish or equivalent. Students are evaluated on the basis of oral and written reports. No exams. Cost:1 WL:3 (Carpenter)


439. Directed Reading of Serbo-Croatian Literature. Permission of instructor. (2). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be elected for credit twice.

This course is designed to provide an opportunity for extensive reading in Serbo-Croatian of a variety of materials at an advanced level. The subject matter covered is dependent upon the preparation and interest of the individual student. Texts range from belles-lettres (short stories, novels) through journalism and history. Cost:1 WL:2 (Stolz)

Courses in Ukrainian (Division 494)

251. Second-Year Ukrainian. Ukrainian 152 or the equivalent. (4). (LR).

This course involves reading, composition, and grammar review. Texts will include contemporary Ukrainian prose and poetry. Conducted in Ukrainian. One midterm exam and a final will be given.

421. Directed Reading in Ukrainian Literature. Open to non-concentrators. A knowledge of Ukrainian is not required. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of 8 credits.

Reading can be done in English or in Ukrainian. Plan of study is worked out with each student on an individual basis. Hourly discussion sessions are held once a week and a number of written essays are assigned per term (one for each credit earned). Cost:1 WL:3 (Humesky)


225/University Courses 173. Arts and Cultures of Central Europe. (3). (HU).

The course is an introduction to the rich cultures of the peoples of Central Europe (Croats, Czechs, Hungarians, Jews, Poles, Serbs, and Slovaks) seen against the background of two world wars, communism, and its recent disintegration. Culturally vibrant, Central Europe reveals the tragic destiny of twentieth-century civilization which gave rise to two totalitarian systems: fascism and communism. The course will outline the ethnic complexities of the region, with special attention to Jewish culture and its tragic destruction during the Holocaust. The trauma of the war on civilian population will be documented by contemporary films. The course will examine the fate of culture under totalitarianism, and study subterfuges used by novelists, dramatists and artists to circumvent political control and censorship. Students will read works by Kafka, Milosz, Kundera and Havel, see movies by Wajda and others, become acquainted with Czech and Polish avant-garde art and music, and the unique cultural atmosphere of Central European cities: Vienna, Prague, Budapest and Warsaw. (Toman, Eagle, Carpenter)

313/RC Hums. 313. Soviet Cinema. (3). (HU).

In the 1920's Russian filmmakers armed with bold new ideas about cinematic art created the theory of film montage and through it a decade of acknowledged masterpieces. In the 1930's experimentation gave way to an officially sanctioned "socialist realist" art, ideologically dogmatic and oriented toward the regime's specific political and social goals. However, after Stalin's death experimentation and diversity reemerged in Soviet cinema. Although "socialist realism" remained the officially sanctioned style, directors were able to reintroduce personal themes, and, more subtly, religious and philosophical issues. The 1980's saw the reemergence of a variety of approaches (from documentary "naturalism" to symbolist allegory, from satire and parody to the grotesque) and open political and social criticism in the spirit of glasnost. Distinctive styles emerged in Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, and Kazakhstan. Films such as SCARECROW (1984), MY FRIEND IVAN LAPSHIN (1985), REPENTANCE (1986), and LITTLE VERA (1988) examined with amazing frankness the dismal economic and spiritual consequences of the Stalin-Brezhnev years. The course will examine this rich history, in terms of both theme and styles. Evaluation will be based on contributions to class discussion and three short (5-7 page) critical papers. Cost:2 WL:4 (Eagle)

395/REES 395/Pol. Sci. 395/Hist. 332/Soc. 392. Survey of the Soviet Union and its Successor States. (4). (SS).

See Russian and East European Studies 395.

483. Fundamentals of Slavic Linguistics. (3). (Excl).

The course provides a general survey of linguistic approaches to the Slavic languages. Topics include the fundamentals of phonetic, phonological, morphological and syntactic analysis. A modern theoretical approach will be used, and the presentation will be balanced between diachronic (historical) and synchronic (descriptive) treatment of the languages, including adequate discussion of standardization. The course is also appropriate for undergraduate Russian concentrators in both junior and senior years. Grading will be based on class participation, oral reports and written tests. (Stolz)

Courses in Macedonian

161. First Year Macedonian. (4). (LR).

This course is an introdution to Standard Macedonian, with emphasis on rapid mastery of the grammar and development of audio-lingual skills. Intensive oral drill and use of the Language Laboratory. Writing assignments, graded reading and translating on a regular basis. Daily homework and hour examinations and a final examination. Cost:1 WL:2

261. Second-Year Macedonian. Macedonian 162. (4). (LR).

A continuation of Macedonian 161-162, with increased emphasis upon the development of translation and composition skills alongside audio-lingual drill leading to more advanced conversational ability. Literary texts will be introduced. The course is intended to prepare students for summer, term, and academic-year intensive programs in the Republic of Macedonia (Yugoslavia) or for research using Macedonian materials. Daily homework, hour examination, and a final examination. Cost:1 WL:2

Courses in Armenian

271/Armenian 271. Second-Year Armenian. Slavic Ling. 172 or equivalent. (4). (LR).

This course concentrates on reading Armenian texts with commentaries on grammatical and stylistic points, and an equal emphasis on conversation and frequent written work. Grade is based on performance, attendance and a final examination. The reading material consists of the literature appended to Bardakjian's and Thomson's A TEXTBOOK OF MODERN WESTERN ARMENIAN and a course pack. Cost:2 (Bardakjian)

417/Armenian 417. Struggle for Nationalism: An Introduction to Modern Armenian Literature. (3). (Excl).

This course focuses on some trends in the Armenian literature of the 19th and early 20th centuries. As literature evolved into an effective vehicle of political and social change, Armenian authors evoked bright figures and moments from the past to promote patriotism, and tackled changing social values, economic hardship, women's emancipation, etc. The works of such authors as Alishan, Durian, Baronian, Raffi, Arpiarian, Zohrab, Shirvanzade, Tumanian, Isahakian, Siamanto, Varuzhan and others will be analyzed. The format will be lectures and short discussions. Students will be required to write several short term-papers in addition to a midterm and a final examination. English translations of texts will be used and no knowledge of Armenian is required. No prerequisites. (Bardakjian)

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