Designed to expose students to the richness of Russian culture, including contemporary society, popular culture, history, opera, ballet, architecture, and theater, this three-week summer course will take students to Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Conducted in English and open to all students, this course will enhance cultural competence, encourage students to pursue Russian language study, and foster an interest in Russian Area Studies.
This is a three-week course: the first week of classes will take place at Villanova, followed by two weeks in Russia. Classes at Villanova and in Russia will be held five or six days a week, four instructional hours daily. Students will receive 3 credits.
Students are expected to attend all classes and all required excursions, actively participate in class discussion, and keep a daily journal while in Russia. A term paper is also required.
The introductory week at Villanova University will consist of an intensive overview of Russian history and literature, political life, cities and architecture, customs, and introduction to conversational Russian. Guest speakers will include experts from various academic disciplines of Russian Studies.
In Russia two-hour daily instruction will be organized by topic, and the daily schedule will consist of formal lectures, supplemented by guest lectures and organized visits with artists, journalists, media personalities, authors, politicians, and scientists. In addition to classes, there will be daily excursions to places of historical significance, including museums, churches and monasteries, theaters, and country estates. The program in Russia will be divided between Moscow and St. Petersburg, with students studying one week in each of the two cities.