Russian Studies Department: Goals and Objectives
In language courses, the sequence of 100-, 200-, and 300-level courses is a direct reflection of the level of difficulty as one moves from the introductory level to more advanced stages of language acquisition. The prerequisite structure is obvious here. In literature, the hierarchy, of courses, is similar. Our 100-level literature courses are all general surveys given in translation; 200-level courses involve a partial component in Russian; and 300-level courses are given exclusively in Russian and include both a considerably greater depth of presentation and a focus on more specific topics. Our culture courses follow the pattern of our literature courses.
The senior thesis is optional, though a requirement for those who wish to be considered for departmental honors. Over the past decade, roughly half of our graduating majors have chosen to write a thesis. By fulfilling the "Requirements for Concentration," together with the "Senior-Year Requirements," as these two obligations are defined in the College catalogue, majors establish their bona fides in our discipline.