Spring 2016 Core Course in Russian Studies

COML 100A: Introduction to Global Literature
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Professor Ari Ofengenden
Block P - T,Th 3:30 PM–4:50 PM

Core course for COML major and minor.

What is common and what is different in literatures of different cultures and times? How do literary ideas move from one culture to another? In this course students read theoretical texts, as well as literary works from around the world. Usually offered every year.

Spring 2016 Elective in Russian Studies

HIST 147B: Twentieth-Century Russia
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Professor Gregory Freeze
Block F - M,W,Th 1:00 PM–1:50 PM

Russian history from the 1905 revolution to the present day, with particular emphasis on the Revolution of 1917, Stalinism, culture, and the decline and fall of the USSR. Usually offered every second year.


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.


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

Spring 2016 Courses

For course times, locations, and additional details, please visit the Spring 2016 Schedule of Classes on the University Registrar's website.

RUS 20B: Continuing Russian
Professor Irina Dubinina
M,W,Th 12:00 PM–12:50 PM; F 12:30 PM–1:20 PM

Prerequisite: RUS 10a with a grade of C- or higher or the equivalent as determined by placement examination. Four class hours and one recitation hour per week.

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
Professor Irina Dubinina
Block M - M,W 5:00 PM–6:20 PM

May not be taken for credit by students who took RUS 110a or 50b in prior years.

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 II
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Professor Curt Woolhiser
M,W,Th,F 10:00 AM–10:50 AM

Prerequisite: RUS 30a with a grade of C- or higher or the equivalent as determined by placement examination. Four class hours and one recitation hour per week.

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.

RUS 153A: Russia Today: Advanced Russian Language through 19th Century Literature
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Professor Irina Dubinina
Block V - T,Th 5:00 PM–6:20 PM

Prerequisite: RUS 29b, RUS 40b or RUS 50b with a grade of C- or higher, or the equivalent as determined by placement examination. Taught in Russian.

An undergraduate seminar focusing on the advanced study of 19th century Russian literature in the original Russian and development of Russian oral and written language skills needed for the close reading and discussion of literature. Includes a selection of the very best Russian poetry and prose of the nineteenth century. Usually offered every second year.

RECS 146A: Creative Genius: The Case of Dostoevsky
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Professor Robin Feuer Miller
Block K - M,W 2:00 PM–3:20 PM

Open to all students. Conducted in English. Students may choose to do readings either in English translation or in Russian.

Close readings of selected short works as well as three exciting, yet disturbing novels which have had an indelible influence generally on the novel as a genre and on succeeding generations of writers, readers, and thinkers: Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, and The Brothers Karamazov. Usually offered every second year.