Slavic Fall Courses

Fall 2022 Tentative Russian & Slavic Course Offering Descriptions 

RUSS 1. Elementary Russian.

Comprehensive introduction to Russian. Focus on developing basic communicative skills (speaking, listening comprehension, reading, writing) within the framework of contemporary Russian culture. Students acquire a basic grammatical framework for further language study. Audio, visual, and web-based materials included.

RUSS 4. Intermediate Russian.

Focuses on developing fluency, expanding vocabulary, and acquiring basic reading and writing skills. Comprehensive review of basic Russian grammar; introduction to participles and verbal adverbs. Audio, video, and web-based materials are an integral part of the course. 

RUSS 101D. Advanced Russian.

Larry McLellan

Continued development of oral and written fluency. Special attention to development of reading skills through a variety of texts related to Russian culture. Systematic review of advanced grammar. Compositions, translations, and oral presentations required. Periodic screenings of Russian films.


SLAV 145. Slavic Language & Linguistics.

Katia McClain

Introduction to the history and development of the Slavic languages. Topics include dialects, language contact, sociolinguistics, gender issues, and language policy. Taught in English.


SLAV 164B/ C LIT 154. Science Fiction in Eastern Europe.

Katia McClain

The genre of science fiction and its development in literature and film in the various cultures of eastern europe. Topics include utopia, dystopia,technology, the "mad" scientist, etc. Taught in English.


SLAV 187/ C LIT 187/ GER 187. The Devil in Literature

Dustin Lovett

Explores the rich literature around making deals with the devil while focusing on the enduring influence of older literature on modern conceptions of the diabolic.


SLAV 200/C LIT 200. Seminar in Literary Theory and Criticism: Formalism, Semiotics, Bakhtin

Sara Pankenier Weld

Topics in literary theory to be determined on a quarterly basis. Cross-listed with C LIT 200. Open to qualified undergraduates with instructor permission.