Fall 2017 Electives in Russian Studies

NEJS 142A: Modern History of East European Jewry
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Professor ChaeRan Freeze
T,F 9:30 AM–10:50 AM

A comprehensive survey of the history (economic, sociopolitical, and religious) of the Jewish communities in Eastern Europe from the middle of the eighteenth century until World War II, with emphasis placed on the Jews of Poland and Russia. Usually offered every fourth 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.

Fall 2017 Courses

Russian Studies PostcardFor course times, locations, and additional details, please visit the Fall 2017 Schedule of Classes on the University Registrar's website.

Courses Taught in Russian

RUS 10A: Beginning Russian I
Professor Irina Dubinina
M,W,Th 12:00 PM–12:50 PM & F 12:30 PM–1:20 PM

Four class hours and one recitation hour per week.

For students who have had no previous study of Russian. The four-skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) introduction to the Russian language with the focus on developing oral proficiency early on. A systematic presentation of the basic grammar and vocabulary of the language within the context of Russian culture. Usually offered every fall.

RUS 30A: Intermediate Russian I
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Professor Curt Woolhiser
M,W,Th,F 10:00 AM–10:50 AM

Prerequisite: RUS 20b 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 (RUS 10a and RUS 20b or outside study). Focus on solidifying linguistic performance by creating with the language to produce unrehearsed, meaningful exchanges of information. Refining of structural knowledge and dramatic expansion of vocabulary within the context of Russian culture. Authentic texts and films are used to create context for reviewing and expanding grammar, syntax and vocabulary knowledge. Usually offered every fall.

RUS 106B: Advanced Russian Language through Film
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Professor Irina Dubinina
Section 1: M,W 5:00 PM–6:20 PM - intended for heritage speakers
Section 2: M,W 3:30 PM–4:50 PM - intended for non-heritage speakers

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.

For advanced and heritage students of Russian who wish to enhance their proficiency and accuracy in speaking, listening and writing, and learn about Russian/Soviet culture. Course activities focus on discussions of Russian and Soviet societies as portrayed in Russian/Soviet films; oral presentation assignments help students develop their public speaking skills. Usually offered every fourth year.

Courses Taught in English

RECS 148A: Russian Drama: Text and Performance
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Professor David Powelstock
T,Th 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.

Examines the rich tradition of Russian drama and theater. Readings include masterpieces of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including those by Chekhov, Pushkin, Gogol, Ostrovsky, Mayakovsky, Erdman, and others. Usually offered every second year.