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RUS 150B: Advanced Russian Language through Literature (in Russian) offers sections for heritage speakers and non-heritage speakers.

Placement

If you studied Russian before coming to Brandeis and wish to continue studying the language, you must take a placement test to determine your level.

Courses

To view the complete descriptions of the courses that satisfy the requirements for the Russian Studies major/minor, please visit the University Bulletin.

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Fall 2014 Course Offerings

For course times, locations, and additional details, please visit the Fall 2014 Schedule of Classes on the University Registrar's website.

RUS 10A: Beginning Russian
Irina Dubinina

For students who have had no previous study of Russian. A systematic presentation of the basic grammar and vocabulary of the language within the context of Russian culture, with focus on all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Usually offered every year.

RUS 30A: Intermediate Russian
Curt Woolhiser

For students with some previous study of Russian (RUS 10a and RUS 20b). Refining of grammatical knowledge and expansion of vocabulary within the context of Russian culture. Focus on communicative competence in Russian and special attention to reading and writing skills. Usually offered every fall.

RUS 150B: Advanced Russian Language through Literature (in Russian)
Irina Dubinina

A seminar for intermediate to advanced students of Russian, focusing on the close study of Russian literature in the original Russian and the development of Russian oral and written language skills needed for the close reading and discussion of literature. Topics vary from year to year but may include 20th-century prose, folklore, contemporary prose, or studying and performing a play. Usually offered every second year.

RECS 130A: The Russian Novel
Robin Feuer Miller

A comprehensive survey of the major writers and themes of the nineteenth century including Gogol, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, and others. Usually offered every second year.

RECS 150A: Russian and Soviet Cinema
David Powelstock

Examines the Russian/Soviet cinematic tradition from the silent era to today, with special attention to cultural context and visual elements. Film masterpieces directed by Bauer, Eisenstein, Vertov, Parajanov, Tarkovsky, Mikhalkov, and others. Weekly screenings. Usually offered every second year.

Spring 2015 Course Offerings

For course times, locations, and additional details, please visit the Spring 2015 Schedule of Classes on the University Registrar's website.

RUS 20B: Beginning Russian II
Curt Woolhiser

For students with some previous study of Russian. Continuing presentation of the basic grammar and vocabulary of the language within the context of Russian culture, and practice of the four language skills. Special attention to reading and writing skills, as well as guided conversation. Usually offered every year.

RUS 29B: Russian Language for Russian Speakers
Curt Woolhiser

Designed to meet the needs of Russian language speakers who have had little or no formal training in their native language and who want to develop their reading and writing skills. A systematic introduction of the rules of orthography, morphology and syntax with emphasis on correct spelling of word endings. All grammar is presented in context: readings range from short works of prose fiction to articles from the contemporary Russian press. Usually offered every spring.

RUS 40B: Intermediate Russian
Curt Woolhiser

Further refining of grammar and vocabulary within the context of Russian culture. Focus on comminicative competence in Russian and special attention to reading and writing skills. Usually offered every spring semester.

RECS 131A: The Twentieth-Century Russian Novel
David Powelstock

An introduction to the major novels of the modernist, Soviet, and post-Soviet eras, including the emigration, such as those by Sologub, Bely, Olesha, Bulgakov, Pasternak, Nabokov, Solzhenitsyn, Erofeev, and Pelevin. Also includes some short stories. Usually offered every fourth year.

RECS 134B: Chekhov
Robin Feuer Miller

Offers a detailed investigation of the evolution of Chekhov's art, emphasizing the thematic and structural aspects of Chekhov's works. Attention paid to methods of characterization, use of detail, narrative technique, and the roles into which he casts his audience. Usually offered every second year.