Slavic Languages and Literatures

Courses in Russian (Division 466)


303. Third-Year Intensive Russian. Russian 203 or equivalent. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 301 or 302. (8). (Excl).

Third Year Intensive Russian begins with the assumption that the basic aspects of the language have been assimilated, and therefore emphasizes the practical skills reading, writing, and speaking. Difficult grammatical points are reviewed, vocabulary is greatly enlarged, idiomatic constructions are studied, work on modern conversational Russian. It is a recitation course and students are asked to participate in class discussions. Students are also expected to make intensive use of the language lab after class. The class meets 20 hours per week and students are expected to complete 35-45 hours of homework per week. Students are evaluated on the basis of class participation, translations, compositions written at home and an oral interview conducted by the end of the term. Texts: FOCUS ON RUSSIAN by Rosengrant; (course pack) reading in Russian culture and literature; RUSSIAN ROOT LIST and WORKBOOK, Gribble and Browning; BOOK OF RUSSIAN IDIOMS ILLUSTRATED, Dubrovin.

413. Business Russian. Russian 302 or permission of instructor. (4). (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, as well as High and Popular Russian culture. 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. Textbook: Russian for Business and Pleasure by N. Milman. Cost:2 WL:4 (Milman)

414. Political Russian. Russian 302 or permission of instructor. (4). (Excl).

The course is planned for advanced Russian students, who are oriented toward economics and politics. In particular juniors and seniors seeking experience in political science or political studies. Emphasis will be placed on the specialized vocabulary of politics and international affairs. The text is POLITICAL RUSSIAN, by Simes and Robin with audio-tapes. Weekly quizzes, final. Cost:2 (Milman)

415. Analysis of Contemporary Spoken Russian. Russian 402 or 403, or permission of instructor. (4). (Excl).
Section 201 Popular Culture.
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, view popular Russian films of different eras, and write compositions, soap operas and filmscripts. Students are evaluated on the basis of both oral and written performance, as well as on oral reports and presentations.

Courses in Armenian (Slavic Linguistics - Division 474)

173/Armenian 173. Intensive First-Year Armenian. (8). (LR).

See Armenian Studies 173.

183/Armenian Studies 183. Intensive First-Year Eastern Armenian. (8). (Excl).

See Armenian Studies 183. (Bardakjian)

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