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BA in Language and Area Studies: Russian/Area Studies

BA in Language and Area Studies: Russian/Area Studies

American University

American University, Washington D.C., United States
  • QS World University Rankings
    651-700
  • Degree BA
  • Study Level Bachelors
Offered by the Department of World Languages and Cultures, College of Arts and Sciences, the BA in Language and Area Studies: Russian/Area Studies is designed for students with a strong interest in a region of the world and in a language of that region. This innovative program achieves a balance between humanities and social sciences courses, combined with an advanced level of foreign language study. To be considered for freshman admission, an applicant should have earned at least a 3.00 average in secondary school. Students from other regionally accredited collegiate institutions, and students in other programs at American University who have completed the freshman year, should maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) to be considered for transfer to the program. Major Requirements 51 credit hours with grades of C or better. Students may, where appropriate, and with Faculty Advisory Committee approval, select special topics courses to fulfill requirements. Student may also apply up to 3 credit hours toward the major from an approved internship. Study abroad course credits may be used toward the major with the approval of the Faculty Advisory Committee. Proficiency in Russian demonstrated by achieving a B (3.00) average or better for all coursework in the foreign language taken in the Department of World Languages and Cultures. Course Requirements FOUNDATION (9 CREDIT HOURS) WORLD POLITICS SISU-105 World Politics FA3 (3) INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION One intercultural communication course from the following: SISU-140 Cross-Cultural Communication FA3 (3) SISU-360 Topics in Identity, Race, Gender, and Culture (3) : Foundations of International Communication COMPARATIVE POLITICS One comparative politics course from the following: GOVT-130 Comparative Politics FA3 (3) GOVT-231 Politics in the Developing World (3) GOVT-232 Politics of State and Society (3) FOREIGN LANGUAGE (18 CREDIT HOURS) 18 credit hours of coursework in Russian (RUSS-xxx) at the 300-level or above. AREA STUDIES (21 CREDIT HOURS) HUMANITIES 15 credit hours, with 12 credit hours at the 300-level or above, in humanities courses, including 3 credit hours from the Department of History (HIST-xxx) and an additional 3 credit hours of coursework with a strong historical component, from the following. Other appropriate area studies courses may be substituted with the approval of the major advisor. HIST-225 Russia and the Origins of Contemporary Eurasia FA3 (3) HIST-231 The Russian Empire, 1650-1917 (3) HIST-232 The Soviet Union (3) HIST-445 Russian Studies (3) (topics) RUSS-441 Russian Media and Political Translation (3) RUSS-548 Russian Topics (3) SOCIAL SCIENCE 6 credit hours of coursework in social science courses, selected from the following. Other appropriate area studies courses may be substituted with the approval of the major advisor. ANTH-439 Culture, History, Power, Place (3) (topics) ECON-318 Economic History (3) ECON-351 Comparative Economic Systems (3) ECON-361 Economic Development (3) ECON-552 Economics of Transition (3) GOVT-432 Political Institutions and Processes in Selected Countries (3) : Former USSR HIST-225 Russia and the Origins of Contemporary Eurasia FA3 (3) HIST-231 The Russian Empire, 1650-1917 (3) HIST-232 The Soviet Union (3) HIST-445 Russian Studies (3) (topics) RUSS-200 Russia and the United States FA3 (3) SISU-216 Contemporary Russia (3) SENIOR CAPSTONE (3 CREDIT HOURS) Students enroll either in an SIS comparative seminar or in an approved topics or seminar course in World Languages and Cultures