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Bachelor of Arts in Russian and East

Bachelor of Arts in Russian and East

Tufts University

Medford - Somerville Campus, Medford, United States
  • QS World University Rankings
    =312
  • Degree Other
  • Study Level Bachelors
  • Duration 48 months
Major in Russian Language and Literature The Russian Language and Literature major is oriented exclusively toward the undergraduate student. Special attention is paid to speaking, reading and composition in contemporary Russian, as well as to modern and historical approaches to literature. The department provides its majors with a firm grounding in Russian to prepare them for graduate study or other professional pursuits. The major requires ten courses as follows: Russian 21 and 22. Three advanced (100-level) courses conducted in Russian. At least one of these must be in Russian literature (Russian 131, 132, or a substitute approved by the Russian program.) At least one must be a language course (e.g., 121 or 122). An advanced course in some special topic (e.g., Russian 123, 125, 191, 192) may be substituted for Russian 121 or 122 with program approval. Students coming back from a semester in Russia are required to take one 100-level course conducted in Russian. (Students going abroad in the spring of senior year must take one 100-level course in Russian before leaving.) Four courses in Russian literature (must include Russian 60 and either 61 or 62). One additional course in Russian culture (literature, art, music, film, history, political science, or religion). Students who place out of Russian 21, 22, 121 and/or 122 on the basis of the Russian language placement examination administered by the department still need to take ten courses to complete the major. Language Skills: Given the necessity of communicating in a Russian language environment, be it of a practical or professional nature, the student will be able to participate in such a discussion, articulating his or her point of view and questioning that of another competently and accurately, while understanding and displaying proper norms of language behavior and courtesy. The student will be able to contribute to a variety of topics, ranging from the personal and immediate to the more abstract and hypothetical. Given a situation that necessitates the understanding of Russian, the student will be able to competently handle a range of texts, whether of a socio-professional stratum (e.g., newspaper article) or of a more colloquial one (e.g., a film dialogue), and be able to summarize and describe the contents. Cultural Knowledge: Given the need to comment on a literary, cultural or related socio-artistic topic in the Russian field, the student will be able to articulate a position or opinion well-versed in the necessary context and be able to develop and/or defend it if necessary. The student will be able to relate the significance of a smaller topic (an individual work or writer) to larger historical-cultural conditions and themes. The student will also be able to describe and give relevant examples of major trends and orientations in Russian culture. Given the need to comment on Russian culture in general, the student will be able to speak of its renowned classics, whether or literature or film, and articulate from a more inside perspective distinctive traits and features that make such works unique but also why their status is recognized as such from a global perspective. In both fields, the student will demonstrate a sophisticated awareness and understanding of cultural differences, as well as a high level of cultural literacy, allowing him or her to function effectively and adequately in a wide range of situational contexts, whether of a professional or personal need.