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Below are courses that you may choose from for your required electives. Please check with the director for more information.

History 1070/Land of the Tsars and Commissars:

This course examines the interactions between the Russian rulers and the non-Russian populations within their empire.  It analyzes large, political occurrences and assesses how the decisions emanating from the Russian capital affected the daily lives of ordinary people living in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Central Asia, the Caucasus, Eastern Europe and various places in between. This course explores how ethnicity, class, religion and gender affected the relationship between the Russian and Non-Russian people and the Tsars and Commissars who ruled them. 

HIS 3240 - Russia 1533-1801

Description: The development of Russia from the "rude and barbarous kingdom" of Ivan the Terrible to the great European power ruled by Catherine the Great. The political, economic and social systems of Muscovite and eighteenth-century Russia; civil wars, peasant rebellions, and foreign invasions; the reforms of Peter the Great; female monarchs in the 18th century; enlightened absolutism under Catherine the Great.
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Credit Hours: 3.0
Last Offered: Spring 2010, Fall 2008, Fall 2003

HIS 3241 - Imper Russia 1801-1917

Description: Major political, economic and social changes in the Russian Empire from the war against Napoleon to World War I; reform from above and revolution from below; Russia's industrial revolution; social and cultural modernization; the institution of monarchy under the last Romanov tsars; Russia's expansion in the East.
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Credit Hours: 3.0
Last Offered: Spring 2011, Spring 2009, Fall 2007, Spring 2006

HIS 3242 - Russia in the 20th Cent

Description: Russia from the 1917 Revolution to the present; the radical transformation of a state, economy and society in revolution and civil war, the Stalin dictatorship, the trial of World War II, and the patterns of reform and continuity in the post-Stalin and post-Soviet eras.
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Credit Hours: 3.0
Last Offered: Fall 2010, Fall 2009, Spring 2008, Fall 2007

PSC 4401 - Russia

Description: An introduction to the contemporary Russian political system empaszing its transformation from the Communist system which proceed it.

PSC 5351 - Russian Foreign Policy

Description: The development of Russian foreign policy in the post-Soviet period, historical roots; relations with the United States, Europe, the Far East and the developing countries; diplomatic; economic and military instruments of Russian policy.
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Credit Hours: 3.0
Last Offered: Spring 2007, Spring 2006, Spring 2005, Fall 2003

HIS 4701 - The Cold War

Description: The origins, conduct, and outcomes of the Cold War, and analysis of evolving interpretations of this conflict and its significance.
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Credit Hours: 3.0
Last Offered: Fall 2009, Fall 2008, Spring 2007, Fall 2005

RUS 1111 - Introductory Russian I

Description: Functional use of Russian for students with no prior knowledge of Russian. Recitations, readings and oral drills. Supplementary language laboratory work.
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Credit Hours: 6.0
Last Offered: Fall 2011, Summer 2011, Fall 2010, Fall 2009

RUS 1112 - Introductory Russian II

Description: Functional use of Russian for students with no prior knowledge of Russian. Recitations, readings and oral drills. Supplementary language laboratory work.
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Credit Hours: 6.0
Last Offered: Summer 2011, Spring 2011, Spring 2010, Spring 2009

RUS 1123 - Intermediate Russian I

Description: Review of Introductory Russian, followed by further development of reading, speaking, writing, and translation skills.
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Credit Hours: 3.0
Last Offered: Fall 2011, Fall 2010, Fall 2009, Fall 2008

RUS 1124 - Intermediate Russian II

Description: Continued development of skills employed in Intermediate Russian I.
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Credit Hours: 3.0
Last Offered: Spring 2011, Spring 2010, Spring 2009, Spring 2008

RUS 1125 - Intermediate Russian III

Description: Continued development of skills employed in Intermediate Russian II.
Prerequisites: RUS 1124
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Credit Hours: 3.0
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RUS 1131 - Conversation Composition

Description: Advanced communication skills including reading and discussing topics on current events. Writing enriched.
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Credit Hours: 3.0
Last Offered: Fall 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2010, Fall 2008

RUS 1132 - Advanced Convers & Comp

Description: A continuation of RUS 1131. Writing Enriched.
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Credit Hours: 3.0
Last Offered: Spring 2011, Spring 2010, Spring 2009, Spring 2008

RUS 3412 - Special Topics

Description: Advanced study of topics of special interest in Russian language, literary and/or cultural studies. May be repeated for credit if topic changes.
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Credit Hours: 3.0
Last Offered: Fall 2011, Fall 2010, Summer 2010, Fall 2009

RUS 4110 - Russian Civilization

Description: Understanding of Russian life and culture today by focusing on basic historical, ideological, economic, religious and cultural developments. Each student chooses one aspect of social development for further research. Conducted in English. Writing Enriched. Satisfies Diversity Requirement.
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Credit Hours: 3.0
Last Offered: Spring 1999, Spring 1998

RUS 4120 - The Russian Short Story

Description: Representative Russian short stories from Pushkin to Pasternak. Conducted in English. Satisfies Diversity Requirement. Fulfills core requirements for advanced literature.
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Credit Hours: 3.0
Last Offered: Spring 2011, Spring 2010, Spring 2009, Spring 2008

RUS 4130 - The Russian Novel I

Description: Major Russian novels of the 19th century, including Pushkin, Lermontov, Gogol, Turgenev, Dostoevsky and Tolstoy. Conducted in English. Writing Enriched. Fulfills advanced literature requirements.
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Credit Hours: 3.0
Last Offered: Fall 2001, Fall 1998

RUS 4140 - The Russian Novel II

Description: Major Russian Novels of the 20th century including Bely, Fedin, Olesha, Bulgakov, Sholokhov, Pasternak, and Solzhenitsyn. Conducted in English. Writing Enriched. Satisfies Diversity Requirement. Fulfills advanced literature requirements.
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Credit Hours: 3.0
Last Offered: Spring 2003

RUS 4150 - The Russian Drama

Description: The evolution of Russian drama from the 19th century to the present. Conducted in English. Writing Enriched. Satisfies Diversity Requirement. Fulfills advanced literature requirements.
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Credit Hours: 3.0
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RUS 5900 - Russian: Independent Study

Description: Supervised study, activity or research. May be taken more than once. Prior approval of chair and instructor.
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Credit Hours: 3.0
Last Offered: Fall 2011, Spring 2011, Spring 2010
SAR 4007/Painting of Icons:

Painting icons in the classical Byzantine, Russian tradition including the study of the historical and physical inquiry into the iconic imagery of 20th century visual culture.

THL 5510/Religion in Russia:

The history, mind, spirit and life of Russian Orthodoxy; its influence in its adherents in the modern, complex, and pluralistic world.

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