Undergraduate Courses

CZE 105
Intermediate Czech I

After a thorough review of the basics of Czech grammar, we will continue to explore more advanced topics (word formation, verb aspect, syntax, etc.) while reading challenging but rewarding works of Czech literature, both prose and poetry, and watching Czech films. Added emphasis will be placed on speaking and writing about these works (and other topics) in Czech.

HUM 302/SLA 302/GSS 333/AMS 302
Medical Story-Worlds

 HUM 302 explores illness, health, and the body using storytelling as an entry point. It examines how science, subjectivity, and social difference -- race, class, gender, and sexuality -- are articulated on a global scale. The 1920s construction of the New Soviet Man resonates with histories of medical discrimination in the US; early Soviet studies on biomechanics and the body-machine illuminate current debates on disability and health disparities; the Russian tradition of the Holy Fool jumpstarts a discussion of neurodiversity. Guest lecturers from across Sciences and Humanities will each teach a class in their own institutional space.

PLS 101
Beginning Polish I 

This is the first course in a four-semester Polish language sequence. After beginning with the basics of Polish spelling and pronunciation, we'll continue to explore all of the basics of Polish grammar, including all major verb forms, noun and adjective cases, consonant mutations, and case usage. As we progress, we'll also learn about Polish culture, and history; by the end of the spring semester, we'll even read a sampling of Polish prose and poetry in the original.

RUS 101
Beginner's Russian I

After learning the Russian alphabet and handwriting in just a few days, we'll continue with daily lessons using original materials - each day covering a basic aspect of Russian grammar and building incrementally. Special emphasis will be placed on learning to express your own feelings and ideas in natural, idiomatic Russian, preparing you to engage with Russian speakers and real Russian texts, and delving into Russian culture, history, music, and literature as we go, learning the language in its own unique and incredibly rich cultural context. The year will end with a sampling of Soviet prose and poetry in the original.

RUS 103
Russian for Heritage Speakers

 This course is intended for students who have spoken Russian at home and seek to achieve proficiency in the language. Topics will include an intensive introduction to the Russian writing system and grammar, focusing on exciting materials and examples drawn from classic and contemporary Russian culture and social life. Successful completion of this course and its continuation in the spring (RUS 108) fulfills the University language requirement.

RUS 105
Intermediate Russian I

 Using original textbooks that focus on the Imperial period of Russian culture by incorporating literature and paintings from the period, we will look at more advanced grammar topics, such as prefixed verbs of motion and de-verbal forms (verbal adjectives, adverbs and nouns), that are essential for reading literary Russian. Later in the semester, we will read a selection of classical Russian poetry and prose, from such authors as Pushkin, Lermontov, Chekhov, Nekrasov, and Tolstoy. All readings will be done in the original, with extensive vocabulary and notes provided.

RUS 207
Advanced Russian Reading and Conversation I

A literature/language course designed to further develop speaking and reading proficiency, comprehension and writing skills through substantial expansion of vocabulary, work on sentence structure, review of selected grammar topics, discussion of the literary texts, and work with a movie.

SLA 219/RES 219
Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky: Introduction to the Great Russian Novel

A study in English of masterpieces of Russian literature from the late eighteenth to the mid-nineteenth century. The focus of the course is on close readings of individual works. At the same time, we will pay close attention to the way a distinctively Russian national tradition is created, in which writers consciously respond to the works of their predecessors. No previous knowledge of Russian language, history, or culture is expected.

SLA 312/RES 312
Russian Drama

This course is devoted to the reading and discussion of masterpieces of 19th and 20th century Russian drama. It will also provide students with an opportunity to develop aural, oral, and written language skills. Classes are conducted entirely in Russian and all readings are to be done in the original. Students will participate in a performance project at the end of the term.

SLA 90

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