Major Tracks

The department offers three different major tracks. The major track in Russian/East European/Eurasian Cultures offers an interdisciplinary “area studies” approach. For this major track, two years of study (or the equivalent) in a language (Russian, an East European language or a Eurasian language) are required. The major track in Russian Language and Literature focuses specifically on Russian language and literature. It requires three years of language coursework (or the equivalent). The major track in Czech, Polish, or BCS (Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian) languages and literatures allows students to focus intensively on one of these languages.

Major Track in Russian/East European/ Eurasian Cultures

(50-52 units)

This major track integrates the study of languages and cultures of a large area: Russia, East Central Europe, Southeastern Europe, and Eurasia. Students design their own programs by selecting courses offered by the Slavic Department and other departments such as History, Political Science, Political Economy, Anthropology, Geography, Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS), and others. While all majors in this track will gain knowledge of the whole area, the program also allows each student (1) to emphasize a specific cultural region, (2) to compare different regions, and/or (3) to define a particular field of study. Students are advised to see the Major Advisor in advance to prepare an individualized study plan.

REQUIREMENTS:

Lower-division (21-24 units):

  • Four semesters of one language of the area (18 to 20 units) (or the equivalent, as determined by examination). Russian heritage speakers should see page 2 for language placement approval instructions.
  • The Department highly recommends additional exposure to language through course work, intensive summer language programs, or the Education Abroad Program. Languages regularly offered by our department that can be used for this track are: Russian, Polish, Czech, BCS (Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian), Armenian, and Hungarian.
  • One lower-division course in the Slavic Department. Slavic 50: Introduction to Russian/East European/Eurasian Cultures. In rare instances, and with permission of the Major Advisor, it may be possible to substitute another lower-division course, e.g. Slavic 39, 45, or 46.

Upper-division (28 units):

  • REQUIREMENT FOR NEW MAJORS DECLARING SPRING 2014 ONWARD: Slavic 100 (Seminar: Russian, East European, and Eurasian Cultures for 4 units) offered each Fall beginning Fall 2014.
  • One cultural topics course: Slavic 148: Topics in Russian Cultural History or Slavic 158: Topics in East European & Eurasian Cultural History or another course with the appropriate content chosen in consultation with and by permission of the Major Advisor.
  • One relevant course in the Department of History, e.g. History 171A, B, or C (History of Russia); 172 (Russian Intellectual History); 173 or 174A (History of Eastern Europe, History of Poland-Lithuania); 177A or B (History of Armenia)
  • Four elective courses chosen from the upper-division offerings of the Slavic Department, and the following courses from outside the department: Geography 55C; Political Science 129B, 129C, 141A, 141C; Sociology 181. With permission of the Major Advisor, students may utilize relevant courses from the following departments: History (a course not used for the major history requirement), Anthropology, Comparative Literature, Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, Economics, Journalism, Legal Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, Political Economy.

Variations: With permission of the Major Advisor, up to two upper-division language courses (taken in addition to the initial four semesters of the same language) may be counted among these five electives. Similarly, up to two lower- or upper-division language courses in another language relevant to the program of study may be counted.

Major Track in Russian Language and Literature

(53-56 units)

This major track integrates the study of Russian language, literature, and culture. Students will learn what defines Russia’s unique place in civilization, both in earlier times and in today’s world. Students are advised to see the Major Advisor in advance to prepare an individualized study plan. Students may declare the major after completion of Slavic 2 and either Slavic 45 or 46.

REQUIREMENTS:

Lower-division (26 units):

  • The first four semesters of Russian (Slavic 1, 2, 3, 4), or the equivalent (Russian heritage speakers should see language placement approval instructions.)
  • A two-semester survey of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian literature (Slavic 45 & 46)

Upper-division (27-30 units):

  • REQUIREMENT FOR NEW MAJORS DECLARING SPRING 2014 ONWARD:
  • Slavic 100 (Seminar: Russian, East European, and Eurasian Cultures for 4 units) offered each Fall beginning Fall 2014.
  • Advanced Russian language (Slavic 103A & 103B) and Russian conversation (Slavic 120A or B)
  • One literature course with readings in Russian (Slavic 180, 181, 182, or 188)
  • One Russian literature class in English translation (Slavic 131, 132, 133, or 134A, B, C, D, E, F, G, N)
  • One course in culture selected from the following: Russian culture (Slavic 130, 131, 140, 148, 190), the literatures of other Slavic peoples (Slavic 150, 160, 170), Folklore (Slavic 147A, 147B), Linguistics (Slavic C137), Film (Slavic 138)
  • One upper-division elective course (3 or 4 units) in Russian language, literature, or culture selected from the courses listed above. Relevant courses from other departments—for example, History—may be substituted with permission of the Major Advisor.

Major Track in Czech, Polish, BCS (Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian) Language and Literature

(53-56 units)
With advance consultation, students may pursue a major track in Czech, Polish, or BCS (Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian). Advance consultation is critical, since not all required courses are offered each year.

REQUIREMENTS:

Lower-division (26 units):

  • Russian 1 and 2 (2 semesters of elementary Russian), 10 units
  • Two lower-division courses in literature and culture chosen from Slavic 36, 39, 45, 46 or 50 (6 units)
  • Two lower-division courses in the target language (Polish 25A-25B, Czech 26A-26B, BCS 27A-27B), 8 units.

Upper-division (27-30 units):

  • REQUIREMENT FOR NEW MAJORS DECLARING SPRING 2014 ONWARD:
  • Slavic 100 (Seminar: Russian, East European, and Eurasian Cultures for 4 units) offered each Fall beginning Fall 2014.
  • 8 units of the intermediate target language (Slavic 115A-115B (Polish), 116A-116B (Czech), or 117A-117B (BCS)).
  • 3 units of a survey course in the relevant literature (Slavic 150, 160, or 170; or with the appropriate content and permission of the major adviser, Slavic 158).
  • 7 units of two additional courses in the relevant literature in the original (Slavic 151-152, 161-162, or 171-172).
  • A plan of study, designed in advance in consultation with the major adviser, consisting of two relevant electives (3-4 units each) in Russian or European literature and history.