Russian Advising Guide
program at Dickinson is designed to provide a well-balanced and highly
intensive training in language, culture and literature. Classes are small,
allowing faculty to pay close attention to students’ individual learning styles
and help foster within the student a personal commitment to their studies. In the first three semesters of language
courses (RUSS 101, 104 and 116), students cover fundamentals of Russian grammar,
learn to communicate on a variety of topics, and are introduced to elements of
Russian culture. RUSS 100, “Russia and
the West,” a course taught in English, examines Russia as a civilization that
has, at many points in history, defied categorization as either “East” or
“West.” The course introduces students to Russian history, religions,
philosophies, literature, art and music, as well as contemporary politics and
business practices. The 200-level
courses, which may be taught in either Russian or English, represent an
advanced language study and systematic approach to Russian culture and literature.
or four semesters of language study, students of Russian typically join the
Dickinson in Moscow program. In Moscow,
students attend classes at the Russian State University for the Humanities,
live with Russian host families, travel extensively throughout Russia, explore
Moscow's museums and historical sites, and attend theater productions. This semester or year-long immersion
significantly improves students’ linguistic and cultural competency and
prepares them for more advanced studies such as research projects. Courses of the 300-level are always taught in
Russian and deal with specific aspects of Russian culture and civilization,
including Russian popular culture and a translation course. Special topics courses are also offered on a
may major or minor in Russian. Russian combines well with a variety of other
disciplines, including History, International Studies, International Business
& Management, Political Science, as well as English or other foreign
Introductory courses appropriate for prospective
and RUSS 116 are offered in the fall semester, RUSS 104 is available in the
spring. RUSS 100 is taught in English and is offered
If you have studied Russian in high school or if you are a heritage speaker of Russian (you speak Russian at home),
you should plan to meet with a representative of the Russian department upon
arrival on campus. He/she will interview
you to determine which level of Russian is the most appropriate for you; temporarily,
you should select RUSS 101. The department
chairperson, Elena Duzs, is the contact person
for setting up such an interview.
considering a Russian major or minor or who may be planning to choose Russia as
the focus for majors as International Studies or International Business &
Management, may also want to take a course taught in English about Russian
literature (RUSS 223-260) or culture (RUSS 100), Russian History courses serve
as elective courses for Russian Major and are appropriate for First-Year students.
To begin studying
Russian, register for RUSS 101, offered every fall semester.
should consult with the department chairperson to determine course
equivalencies and the number of course credits (maximum 5) you can receive
toward the major.
that fulfill distribution requirements
Successful completion of RUSS 116, Intermediate Russian, or a higher-level
Russian literature course taught in English (including RUSS 260, Topics in
Russian Studies) will satisfy the college requirement in literature.
RUSS 100, Russia and the West
For course descriptions and requirements for the major, refer to the Academic Bulletin: Russian.
Opportunities for off-campus study
Dickinson offers both semester- and year-long
programs for study abroad. Participants
study at the Russian State University for the Humanities in courses designed
with the Dickinson student in mind.
Majors are strongly encouraged to spend at least a semester abroad in Moscow. Depending on demand, Dickinson offers a
five-week Russian Language Summer Immersion Program in Moscow. Students who have completed at least one year
(or the equivalent) of Russian language study are encouraged to participate in
Careers: Recent graduates are involved in a number of
diverse activities, which include graduate study in business, law, Russian
literature, journalism, political science, and medicine. Russian majors find career opportunities in
government, business, non-profit organizations, teaching, publishing, sciences,
and other fields.
Co-curricular activities: The college has an active
Russian Club and a special Russian Meal Table, held weekly for students who
want to speak or listen to Russian in an informal setting. Russian films and cultural events are
featured regularly. The Russian
Department is a member of Dobro Slovo,
the National Slavic Honor Society.
Students are nominated for membership on the basis of their academic
Further information: Information on the major
and minor, as well as on the particular courses being offered each semester, is
available from the Russian Department Chairperson, Professor Elena Duzs, email@example.com.