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RUS 1120/1121 - Elementary Russian I/II

The federal government has an urgent need for speakers of Russian, designated a “critical language” by the U.S. State Department. Russian majors are eligible for federal grants. Learn Russian and open doors to a career in security, trade, foreign service or defense. Our graduates have received Fulbright grants, served with the Peace Corps and received jobs with the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. state department.

RUS 2220 - Intermediate Russian 

Prerequisite: RUS 1121 or equivalent. Grammar, reading, and conversation. May not be taken by native speakers. May not be taken concurrently with RUS 1120 and/or 1121

.RUS 2330 - Russian Grammar and Popular Culture

Prerequisite or corequisite: RUS 2220. This multimedia course offers a thorough overview of grammar and basic cultural literacy. Language structures are studied through popular fiction and film genres. Students produce a short film in Russian.

RUS 3420 - Russian Grammar and Composition

Prerequisite or corequisite: RUS 2330 or equivalent. Development of writing and grammar skills.

RUS 4410 - Advanced Russian Conversation and Composition

Prerequisite: RUS 3400. Styles and levels of oral expression on a wide range of topics. May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours

RUS 4930 - Special Topics

May be repeated to a maximum of twelve semester hours for the major. Only three semester hours taken in any summer session count for the major.RUT 3110 - Russian Literature in English TranslationReadings and discussion of major Russian literary works.

RUT 3514 - Russian Folklore and Fairy Tales

This course considers a range of critical approaches and provides a general introduction to the study of folk belief, folklore and fairy tales, and their continuing influence in Russian and world culture. The course focuses primarily on Russian folk and fairy tales, but also includes cross cultural comparisons. Taught in English.

RUT 3523 - Russian Cinema

This course offers viewing and discussion of Soviet classics and contemporary films. Credit may be applicable to the Russian major. Knowledge of Russian is not required. When content varies, the course may be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours. Taught in English.

RUT 4213 - Russian Love Prose in English Translation

This course explores the development of the Russian love prose in the 19th-21st centuries in such literary trends and movements as Romanticism, Realism, Symbolism, Silver Age, Socialist Realism, Soviet Underground, and Postmodernism. May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours when content varies.

SLL 3500 - Slavic Culture and Civilization

This course examines the Slavic peoples, their cultures and traditions, from prehistory to present day. Novels and film give students a perspective from the "inside." Taught in English.  

 SLL 3510 - The Slavic Vampire

This course is an exploration of the myth of the Vampire, from its origins in Slavic folklore to its appropriation by the West. It examines why the Vampire has endured not only in Eastern Europe but also in the Western imagination. Taught in English.

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SLL3510:  The Slavic Vampire Prof. Lisa Ryoko Wakakmiya

The unifying theme is the figure of the Slavic/East European vampire.  Through legends, chronicles, novels, films, and music, we will investigate the representation of the vampire as it migrates from prehistory to the present day, from East Europe to the West.  The vampire serves as a vehicle for introducing folk and religious belief, historical legends, and changing societal attitudes toward violence, gender, and ethnic and cultural diversity.

Required readings:
 Dundes, Alan.  The Vampire:  A Casebook.
 Perkowski, Jan.  The Darkling:  A Treatise on Slavic Vampirism.
 Rice, Anne.  The Vampire Armand
 Ryan, Alan.  The Penguin Book of Vampire Stories.
 Stoker, Bram.  Dracula.
 Additional short readings will be distributed in class.

Students have said the following about this course:
 "Subject matter was diverse and taught enthusiastically and objectively."
 "I would like to attend another Slavic history or culture class in the future."
 "Her insight always challenged me to think more deeply on the subject matter.  She was very receptive of comments made in class."
 "She gave a lot of readings which were great examples to learn from and evaluate."
 "I enjoyed the challenging ideas put forth by the assignments and reading the materials."


RUW3101:  Survey of Russian Literature (Romanticism, Realism)
 RUW3100:  Survey of Russian Literature (Soviet Literature and the Thaw)
Prof. Lisa Ryoko Wakakmiya

These courses are intermediate reading courses that help students to develop reading, conversation, writing, and translation skills through readings of unadapted works of Russian literature.  RUW3101 covers the period from Pushkin to Chekhov, and includes readings of poetry and short prose.  RUW3100 centers on writings from the Soviet period, including representative short works from the Thaw period and works of dissident writing.  Both courses function as complements to textbook-based Russian language courses.  The topics of discussion will focus on authors and their works, Russian culture, and Russian grammar as encountered in authentic literary texts.

Required readings:
 RUW3100:  New Voices: Contemporary Soviet Short Stories
 RUW3101:  A Century of Russian Prose and Verse

Students have said the following about these courses:

 "Material was excellent and extremely engaging.  We learned a lot about literary ideas and techniques and about the Russian literary tradition."
 "It was great to have a class completely in Russian."
 "Challenging and fun. I gained experience and knowledge beyond what typical language classes provide."
 "I learned more from this course than from any other Russian course I've taken."

 "This is by far the best teacher I have ever had. The amount of time she spent inside and outside of class was great.  I enjoyed this class a lot."
 "I liked that this class concentrated on both literature and language.  The instructor was very effective with engaging students and generating responses, and could stimulate students to better perform."
 "Dr. Wakamiya is easily the best instructor I've had so far.  I first came into this class and could not understand a single sentence of Russian on my own and now I can read some pages with little to no aid."

RUS4930:  Critical Approaches to Vladimir Nabokov Prof. Lisa Ryoko Wakamiya
 Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977) established a reputation as a poet and prose writer in both the Russian and English traditions, a literary critic, screenwriter, translator, and lepidopterist.  His work crosses boundaries of time, space, language, and intellectual endeavor; the diversity of his accomplishments and the times and places and authorial identities with which he is associated are uniquely reflected in the multi-dimensional realms of his fiction.  This course will consider several narratological prisms through which Nabokov's work may be approached while providing an overview of some of his most well-known poems, self-commentaries, and novels.  Special emphasis will be placed upon Nabokov's conception of the responsibilities of the reader and their relation to the responsibilities of the writer.  No knowledge of Russian is required for this course.
 Required readings:
 Speak, Memory
 Invitation to a Beheading
 The Gift
 Pale Fire
 Additional readings will be distributed in class.
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