Undergraduate Courses

Click here for a current list of courses - Choose from SLA (Slavic), PLS (Polish), BCS (Bosnian Serbian Croatian), CZE (Czech) and RUS (Russian).
PLS 101 Beginning Polish I  A beginner's course that introduces the student to four areas of competence in Polish: speaking, grammatical knowledge, listening and reading comprehension, and writing. Emphasizes active language targeted at concrete practical contexts and communicative situations. Previous knowledge of other Slavic languages is advantageous, but not mandatory. Classes combine lectures, recitation, and drill formats. Five classes.  M. Pettus
RUS 101 Beginner's Russian I  Introduction to the essentials of Russian grammar. Presentation of grammar reinforced by oral practice of grammatical patterns. One hour per week devoted specifically to development of oral skills. Five classes. M. Pettus
RUS 103 Russian for Heritage Speakers This course is intended for students with a Russian-speaking family background who seek to acquire / improve their Russian reading, writing, and speaking skills, as well as to learn more about Russian/Soviet culture, literature and history. All main linguistic concepts (orthography, word formation, case system, verb conjugation, aspect, etc.) will be taught through literary texts by 19th and 20th century Russian authors, articles from the current Russian media, and excerpts from films. Students who complete this course in combination with RUS 108 satisfy the Language Requirement. After that they may proceed to SLA 300 - language/literature courses or RUS 408 language course.  S. Korshunova 
RUS 105 Intermediate Russian I  Grammar review; advanced grammar; introduction to word formation; expansion of vocabulary through readings of classical and modern fiction and history. One hour per week of translation and discussion of readings. Prerequisite: successful completion of 102 or placement test at Princeton. Five classes. Upon the completion of this course, students may proceed to RUS 107.  M. Pettus
RUS 207 A content-based language course designed to develop speaking and reading proficiency through reading the texts on prominent figures of contemporary Russian culture: journalists, actors, sports people, and political activists. Special emphasis is placed on communicative activities. Review of grammar: cases, numbers, verb aspect, verbs of motion, subjunctive, participles, verbal adverbs, and conjunctions. Four classes. Prerequisite: RUS 107 or instructor’s permission. The course is not open to heritage speakers. K. Blank
RUS 408 Practical Translation The course aims to familiarize students with the basic techniques of translation from English into Russian, so that students can learn how to anticipate translation problems before they arise. Classroom time will be divided between discussions of excerpts from literary works by American and British authors published in Russian and translation exercises focusing on various grammatical and lexical difficulties. The acquisition of practical translation skills will help students to achieve a higher level of proficiency in oral and written Russian. K. Blank
SLA 219 Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky: Introduction to the Great Russian Novel (also RES 219) A survey in English of Russian literature up to 1860. The course concentrates on master prose writers of the first half of the 19th century: Pushkin, Gogol, Lermontov, the early Dostoevsky, and the early Tolstoy. Two lectures, one preceptorial. Knowledge of Russian not required. A. Berdinskikh
SLA 303 Seeing Health: Medicine, Literature and the Visual Arts This seminar explores representations of health and illness through the literary and the visual media. From death and dying to epidemics, from disability to care giving, we will examine how these universal conditions are conveyed through literary texts, public health campaign posters, graphic novels, paintings, illustrations, and photography. Most of the meetings will take place at the Princeton University Art Museum to engage in depth with the items in the collection. Students will have the option to submit creative projects for the midterm and the final assignments. E. Fratto
SLA 345 East European Literature and Politics This seminar will examine 20th-century Eastern European history through literary works from a number of countries in the region, from the Austro-Hungarian Empire to present-day Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Belarus, and the Balkans. Readings will generally consist of one novel per week, but we will also look at a number of other genres, including the short story, poetry, drama, the journal, and reportage. While discussing the historical and political dimensions of this period, we will consider the limits of what literature can depict, and a range of possible ethical and aesthetic responses to authoritarianism. M. Pettus
SLA 368 Literature and Medicine  This course will examine themes that are paramount in our lives as individuals, communities, and societies' illness and healing, caregiving, epidemics, the distinction between normal and pathological. Our reflections on ethics will feature stories and storytelling as an entry point. Why do doctors and patients need stories? How does storytelling illuminate medicine as a system of representation? What rhetorical devices are embedded in the way we conceive of sickness, well-being, and the medical institutions? We will address these questions and will explore the overlaps between medicine and storytelling within texts from all over the world. E. Fratto
SLA 401 Junior Methods Seminar This Junior Seminar is designed to prepare students to undertake independent research in the Slavic field. We will workshop both methodological approaches and develop the core research skills necessary to complete the English-language research paper. We will identify successful research questions and workshop works-in-progress. Additionally, this seminar will introduce students to the expectations for citations in English for Russian-language sources. E. Chances
SLA 416 Dostoevsky (also RES 416)  A consideration of Dostoevsky's major works with particular emphasis upon their relation to the political, social, religious, and literary currents of his time. Knowledge of Russian not required. One three-hour seminar. E. Chances

For more information: https://ua.princeton.edu/academic-units/department-slavic-languages-and-literatures