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Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

Russian Language and Literature (RUSS)

College of Arts and Humanities
3215 Jiménez Hall, 301-405-4025
Associate Professors: M. Lekic, C. Martin, E. Papazian
Lecturers: R. Fradkin (Lecturer), Z. Gerus-Vernola (Maya Brin Distinguished Lecturer)

The Major

The undergraduate major in Russian Language and Literature consists of 40 credits beyond the prerequisite of Elementary Russian (Russian 101-102 or equivalent). Many students pursue a double major or double degree in Russian and another discipline, such as international relations, business, history, economics, journalism, engineering, etc. Russian students have the opportunity to live in St. Mary's Language House, and the majority of majors participate in study abroad. Native or heritage speakers wishing to enroll in Russian courses or major in Russian should consult the undergraduate advisor. Students interested in enrolling in a course that appears closed or that has a waitlist are strongly encouraged to contact the faculty member or undergraduate advisor for Russian for permission to enroll.

Placement in Courses


Requirements for the Major

Students must take language-acquisition courses sequentially. Once credit has been received in a higher level language acquisition or grammar course, a lower level course may not be taken for credit. 



Intermediate Russian I



Intermediate Russian II



Advanced Russian I



Advanced Russian II



One additional course at 300-level



Advanced Russian Composition



Practicum in Written Russian



One additional course at the 400-level



Two RUSS electives



Two upper level RUSS electives*


*Must be taught in Russian

Notes: One supporting course outside the department (at the 300-level or above) may be counted toward the major with an advisor's prior approval.

Students must earn a grade of "C-" or higher in each course applied toward a major or minor in the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Additionally, an overall GPA of 2.0 in a major or minor is required for graduation.

Study Abroad
Students majoring in Russian Studies are encouraged to spend a summer or a semester abroad. For information on study abroad programs see www.russian.umd.edu/abroad/index.html .

Requirements for the Minor

Russian Studies

School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

The minor in Russian Studies is a series of five courses to be chosen in consultation with the departmental advisor. The completion of a Minor in Russian Studies provides students with a broad background in Russian language, literature, and culture.

A minimum of fifteen credits/five courses* is required, to be chosen from among the following: 

Courses taught in Russian:
RUSS201, 202, 210, 211, 301, 302, 303, 307, 321, 322, 381, 382, 401, 402,403, 404, 405, 406, 407, 409, 410, 411, 412, 431, 432, 433, 434, 473

Courses in English:
RUSS221, 222, 281, 282, 298, 327, 328, 329, 398, 439

Courses in SLAVIC may also be counted toward the Russian Studies Minor: SLAV469, 475, 479

Prerequisites for the minor: RUSS102 (Elementary Russian) or the equivalent as determined by the department

*Note that in most cases, five courses of 3-credits each will fulfill the 15-credit requirement. However, RUSS 201 and 202 are 5 credit courses. If a student chooses to count these two courses as part of the minor, they are still required to complete three additional courses (for a total of five courses).

  • Courses taken through Study Abroad programs may be applied.
  • A minimum of six credits must be earned from courses in Russian.
  • At minimum of nine credits must be at the 300- or 400-level.
  • Transfer credits (from study abroad or another US institution) may count toward the minor with approval of the department. In most cases, a maximum of six transfer credits will be approved.
  • All courses counting toward the minor must be passed with a "C-" or better.
  • An overall GPA of 2.0 in the minor is required for graduation.
  • Substitutions of other departmental offerings may be approved by the advisor.

Oversight of the minor program will be through the normal academic processes of the Russian program in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. The Undergraduate Advisor will be responsible for ensuring that students are properly advised and that records are appropriately kept. 

To make an appointment or declare a minor, go to www.arhu.umd.edu/undergraduate/academics/minors

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) administers all types of federal, state, and institutional financial assistance programs, and, in cooperation with other university offices, participates in the awarding of scholarships to deserving students. For information, visit:  www.financialaid.umd.edu .

Awards and Recognition

The UG Committee organizes an annual awards ceremony to celebrate SLLC students who have earned SLLC, campus and/or national scholarships, and academic achievement awards. The awards ceremony takes place in conjunction with the annual SLLC UG Research Forum.


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