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. (LR).
In this course, the sequel to Russian 101, students complete their introduction to Russian grammar, expand their vocabulary and learn to express themselves in Russian about topics of interest, including Russian culture. The prerequisite is Russian 101 or its equivalent. Prior to the course, students would have covered the following topics: the alphabet (printed and cursive), vowel reduction, intonation patterns, noun gender and adjectival agreement, and hard/soft noun endings. Familiarity with the following case endings for nouns, adjectives, and pronouns is assumed: nominative (singular and plural), accusative (singular and inanimate plural), prepositional (singular), and genitive case. For verbs, students would know past, present and future tenses of imperfective and perfective aspect. In addition, students should have covered such conversational topics as introductions, expressions for greetings and farewells and getting acquainted. The course meets 10 hours/week and requires at least 2 hours/week listening to cassettes and approx. 25 hours/week for homework. Text: Russian Stage One, 2nd ed., Bitekhina, Davidson, Dorofeyeva, Fedyanina. Cost:3 WL:4
355. Supervised Reading of Russian Literature. Permission of instructor. (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)
491. Senior Honors Course. Approval of departmental Honors Committee. (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.
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