Minor in Russian Studies

15 hours in courses 3000 or above.  Specific courses required are: 

  • RUSS 3003: Advanced Russian I or II 
  • RUSS 4113 or RUSS 4133: Special Themes in Russian literature or Survey of the Russian Lit. Since 1917. Taught in English. 

+ 9 hours of elective courses at the 3000-/4000-level that are related to Russian history, Eurasia, International and European studies. Students can choose other courses that are not listed here, which must be at least one-third Russian or Eurasian-centered, and must be approved by the program director. 

For the most up-to-date and accurate information on degree requirements for a Minor in Russian, please visit the Course Catalog page. 

List of elective courses:


INST 3303. European Integration and Globalization. 3 Hours.

Interdisciplinary study of the cultural, economic, and political processes of modern European integration in the context of a changing relationship between Europe and the wider world during the 20th and 21st centuries. (Typically offered: Fall Even Years)
This course is cross-listed with HIST 3103.

GEOS 4813. Geography of Eurasia. 3 Hours.

Introduction to the culture, society, and politics of Eurasia using the organizing concept of empire from the moment of its consolidation in 1945 to its dissolution in 1991. Focuses on places that have emerged from this order and emphasizes experience and memory at each of these different times and places. Prerequisite: Junior standing. (Typically offered: Spring Even Years)

GERM 4013. Germany and the Holocaust: The Significance of the Holocaust in Differentiated Contexts. 3 Hours.

Taught in English. Topics covering the role of the Holocaust in German history, culture, art, language and German Studies. Equal emphasis will be placed on historical competence and philosophical/theoretical inquiry, addressed from a variety of media and primary and secondary sources. (Typically offered: Irregular) May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

JWST 3103. Introduction to Jewish Languages. 3 Hours.

An introduction to the alphabet, grammar, syntax, and basic vocabulary of Hebrew, Jewish Aramaic and Yiddish. (Typically offered: Fall Even Years)

JWST 4003. Modern Jewish Thought. 3 Hours.

A survey of the main trends in Jewish thought from the seventeenth through the nineteenth century. (Typically offered: Irregular)
This course is cross-listed with PHIL 4103.

JWST 4013. Contemporary Jewish Thought. 3 Hours.

A survey of trends in Jewish thought in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, focusing on the ways in which Jewish thinkers have responded to the events affecting Jews and the conditions of Jewish life in from approximately 1900 to the present. (Typically offered: Spring Odd Years)
This course is cross-listed with PHIL 4313.

HIST 3533. World War II. 3 Hours.

Study of the causes, conduct and consequences of the Second World War. (Typically offered: Spring)
This course is cross-listed with AIST 3533.

HIST 3543. Russia to 1861. 3 Hours.

Study of the political, social and cultural development of Russia from the Kievan era through the Napoleonic invasion. (Typically offered: Fall)

HIST 3553. Russia Since 1861. 3 Hours.

Survey of political, cultural and intellectual trends in modern Russia with emphasis upon the Revolutions of 1917, the Soviet Union, and its successor states. (Typically offered: Spring)

HIST 4203. History of the Holocaust. 3 Hours.

Examines the origins, history, and legacies of the European Holocaust. Traces the origins of anti-Semitism in Europe, the rise of Nazism in Germany, the path to genocide during World War II, and the role of victims, perpetrators, rescuers, and bystanders. Considers issues of memory and justice in the postwar era. (Typically offered: Irregular)

HIST 4773. Diplomatic History of the US, 1945 to Present. 3 Hours.

U.S. involvement in world affairs since WWII. The Cold War from an international perspective, including strategies, nuclear deterrence, conflicts, economic developments, cultural relations among allies and adversaries. Post-Cold War scenarios, including war on terrorism. (Typically offered: Irregular)

PHIL 4103. Modern Jewish Thought. 3 Hours.

A survey of the main trends in Jewish thought from the seventeenth through the nineteenth century. (Typically offered: Irregular)
This course is cross-listed with JWST 4003.

PLSC 4513. Creating Democracies. 3 Hours.

Analyses of the creation of democracies in Europe, South America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, East Europe, and the former Soviet Union. Prerequisite: PLSC 2013. (Typically offered: Fall Even Years)

PLSC 4563. Government and Politics of Russia. 3 Hours.

Study of Russian and Soviet politics after 1917 and of the democratization of Russia and the other successor states. Prerequisite: PLSC 2003 or PLSC 2013. (Typically offered: Spring Even Years)

RUSS 3003. Advanced Russian I. 3 Hours.

Through reading and discussing contemporary political and historical events students advance their speaking, listening, and writing skills. The course builds on and advances the language skills acquired in RUSS 2013 Intermediate Russian II. Prerequisite: RUSS 2013, or equivalent language skills that will be equal to four semesters of language instruction. (Typically offered: Irregular) May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

RUSS 4113. Special Themes in Russian. 3 Hours.

Covers topics not normally dealt with in period courses. Sample topics include gender and sexuality, war and memory, Holocaust, art and protest, modernism/post-modernism, Jewish writers, and cinema. Topics announced one semester in advance. This course is taught in English. (Typically offered: Irregular) May be repeated for up to 9 hours of degree credit.
This course is cross-listed with WLIT 4113.

RUSS 4133. Survey of Russian Literature Since the 1917 Revolution. 3 Hours.

The instructor will discuss the historical and cultural backgrounds while focusing on major writers and will deal with literature as an outlet for social criticism. There will be textual analysis. It will be taught in English with readings in English. (Typically offered: Irregular)
This course is cross-listed with WLIT 4133.