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Major in Russian Language and Cultural Studies
The Russian Language and Cultural Studies major provides students with a firm grounding in the Russian language and in-depth knowledge, through comparative and historical approaches, in Russian culture, film, and literature. The major broadly prepares students for professional pursuits with a global outreach as well as for graduate study in a variety of Russia-related fields. It also gives heritage speakers an opportunity to engage in their language and culture more deeply. Graduates have found employment in many fields, including government, international business and law, journalism, teaching, translation, and consulting.

The major requires ten courses as follows:

  1. Russian 21 and 22.
  2. Two advanced (100-level) courses conducted in Russian, normally Rus 121 and 122. An advanced course in some advanced special topic (e.g., Russian 123, 125, 191, 192) may be substituted for Russian 121 or 122 with program approval. Students who place out of any language courses above Russian 4 still must complete 10 courses for the major.
  3. Five culture/film/literature courses offered by the Russian Program. One cross-cultural or comparative course is highly recommended. One course in culture/film/literature must be at the advanced level: special topics, a seminar, or directed study, each option at the 100 level with a substantial research paper or project. With the Program Director's approval, any existing course may count if it has an additional research component and project.
  4. One additional related course (with Russian program approval) or an advanced Russian language course above Russian 122 (RUS 123, 124, 125 or special topics in Russian language: 191, 192) with a research component. These language courses above RUS 122 do not count in category 3.

Transfer courses requiring program approval:

  1. Language courses taken abroad can be counted in the language category upon placement by the Russian Program. Students coming back from a semester in Russia are required to take one 100-level course conducted in Russian.
  2. Up to two culture/film/literature courses taken outside of Tufts can be substituted in the culture/film/literature category. They must be equivalent to Tufts courses as determined by the Russian Program.

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Major in Russian and Eastern European Studies
The Russian and East European Studies major offers the student training in the history, politics, literature, and arts of Russia and the nations of Eastern Europe, as well as a grounding in contemporary oral and written Russian. (Training in some other Slavic languages is available as independent study.) The major is designed for students who intend to pursue careers in which familiarity with Russia and the East European area is an attractive or necessary asset, or for students planning to enter graduate school in law, business, or diplomacy with a specialization in Russian and East European affairs. The area concentration also prepares students for graduate work in Russian and East European studies.

Normally, members of the Russian faculty in the Department of International Literary and Cultural Studies can be advisers for students majoring in Russian and East European studies. It should be emphasized, however, that a course of study tailored to the individual student's educational and career plans should be arranged in close cooperation with the appropriate members of all departments participating in the major.

The major requires ten courses as follows:

  1. Four core language courses: Russian 21, 22,121, 122, or the equivalent. For Russian 121 and 122 the student may substitute Russian 123, 125, or any advanced course related to the area in which all readings are in Russian. Students coming back from a semester in Russia will be required to take one 100-level course conducted in Russian. (Students going abroad in spring of senior year must take a 100-level course in Russian before leaving.)
  2. Six courses with a primary focus in the Russian and East European area chosen from the following two categories: (1) literature and culture; (2) history, politics and society. At least two courses must be taken at Tufts in each of the designated categories. One of the six courses must be an advanced special topics course, a seminar, an advanced directed study, or similarly oriented course approved by the program.
  3. Students who place out of Russian 21, 22, 121 and/or 122 on the basis of the Russian language placement examination administered by the department still need to take ten courses to complete the major.

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Minor in Russian
The Minor in Russian requires six courses as follows:

  1. Four courses above the intermediate level (Russian 3-4), which must include two courses in Russian at the 100 level.
  2. Two literature or culture courses in the Russian area.

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