BA in Russian

Degree Program Description

The Russian degree is the exploration of the language, literature, and culture of Russian-speaking countries. The BA in Russian offers you the possibility of participating in this vibrant cultural tradition first hand.  The major in Russian consists of 27 credits in Russian beyond RUSS 1200. Within these 27 hours, students must meet minimum requirements within three categories: language, literature, and culture. The Russian faculty strongly encourages all majors to spend at least one semester (or summer) studying abroad, preferably after their second year of the language.  Given the liberal arts foundation of a degree in Russian, students pursue careers in a variety of fields or continue their studies.  Graduates have pursued careers in journalism, tourism, diplomacy, and education.

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Major Program Requirements

The major in Russian consists of 27 credits in Russian beyond RUSS 1200. Within these 27 hours, students must meet minimum requirements within three categories: language, literature, and culture (see below). The Russian faculty strongly encourages all majors to spend at least one semester (or summer) studying abroad, preferably after their second year of the language. In addition, students must meet all degree, college and university graduation requirements, including those for university general education.

Major core requirements (beyond the A&S language requirement)
Four of the following courses in language or their equivalents (minimum of two at the 3000-plus level) must be included:12
Second-Year Russian I
Second-Year Russian II
Topics in Russian-General
Intermediate Russian
Intermediate Conversation and Composition
Russian Classics I
Russian Classics II
Advanced Russian Conversation
Three literature or culture courses, chosen from the following, and to include at least one at the 4000-level:9
Classics and Iconoclasts: An Introduction to Russian Literature
Topics in Russian-Humanities
Heroes of Their Times: Individualism in Russian Literature
Matters of Life and Death: The Fiction of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky
Decline, Fall, and Resurrection in Modern Russian Literature
The Split Tree of Russian Literature: Contemporary Russian Prose
Sinners, Saints, and Madmen: 19th Century Russian Literature
True Fictions: Russian Prose since 1900
Topics in Russian-Humanities
Russian Poetry
Special Readings in Russian
Russian Drama
Russian Prose
The Russian Novel
The Art and Life of Pushkin
Nikolai Gogol
Dostoevsky
Tolstoy's Fiction and Truth
Nabokov's Russian Fiction
Blogging the World: The Web in Cultural Context
One of the following two courses in culture:3
Between Heaven and Earth: Russian Civilization *
The Arts of Survival: Civilization in Soviet Times
Electives3
Elective courses and equivalents to replace the required courses above should be selected in consultation with the advisor
Total Credits27
*

 Both RUSS 2310 and RUSS 2320 are Writing Intensive Russian civilization courses.

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Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester.  A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available. 

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
RUSS 11006RUSS 12006
HIST 11003Course for second major / minor3
ENGLSH 10003MATH 11003
Foundation Requirements (humanities)3Foundation Requirements (behavioral Sciences)3
 15 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
RUSS 21003RUSS 21604
RUSS 21304Course for second major / minor3
Course for second major / minor3RUSS 23203
Foundation Requirements (sciences, Math Reasoning Proficiency)3Foundation Requirements (humanities)3
Foundation Requirements (social science)3Foundation Requirements (sciences)3
 16 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
RUSS 31303RUSS 36303
RUSS 33903Foundation Requirements(sciences with lab)5
Foundation Requirements (humanities)3Foundation Requirements(behavioral sciences)4
Course for second major / minor3Course for second major /minor / elective3
Course for second major / minor3 
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
RUSS 389034000-level Russian literature course3
4000-level Russian literature/culture course3Capstone course for second major /elective3
Foundation Requirements (humanities)3Foundation Requirements (social sciences)3
Second major/ minor / elective3Second major/ minor / elective3
Second major/ minor / elective3Second major/ minor / elective3
 15 15
Total Credits: 122

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Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree.  Degree Audits are not available for all programs; however, please consult with the appropriate college or school for audit information.

MU students who have attended since August 2007 can request a degree audit by logging in to myZou and navigating to Self Service, then Student Center, and clicking on “Request Degree Audit.” The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.

MU students who have NOT attended since August 2007 can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to http://advising.missouri.edu/contact/.

For newly admitted or prospective students, MU degree audits can be created at http://www.transfer.org. Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to http://registrar.missouri.edu/degree-audits/index.php.

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success Center.  No appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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