Russian and Eurasian Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Other Concentrations

Russia Studies Concentration

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Students must fulfill all requirements for bachelor's degrees, including Mason Core requirements. Students pursuing a BA in Russian and Eurasian studies must complete additional college requirements for the BA degree in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Students pursuing this degree must complete 33 credits in one of the concentrations below with a minimum GPA of 2.00.

◊ Concentration in Russia Studies (RUSS)

The Russia studies concentration is designed to provide students with in-depth interdisciplinary training in Russia and the Soviet Union. Students will develop a high degree of competence in Russian history, politics, society, and culture as well as a basic competence in the Russian language and the broader Eurasian context.

Two required language courses (6 credits)

Other relevant advanced language courses may be used to fulfill this requirement with the prior written approval of the director.  Majors are encouraged to take additional advanced Russian language courses.

RUSS 250 - Gateway to Advanced Russian Credits: 3

RUSS 380 - Advanced Russian I Credits: 3

Two courses (6 credits) of Russian or Soviet history chosen from:

When the topic is relevant, HIST 300, HIST 388, or HIST 499 may be used to fulfill this requirement with the prior written approval of the director.

HIST 326 - Stalinism Credits: 3

HIST 327 - The Soviet Union and Russia Since World War II Credits: 3

HIST 328 - Rise of Russia Credits: 3

HIST 329 - Modern Russia and the Soviet Union Credits: 3

HIST 426 - The Russian Revolution Credits: 3

Two courses (6 credits) of social sciences dealing primarily with Russia chosen from:

Any topically appropriate courses in any social science discipline (ANTH, ECON, GGS, GOVT, SOCI) may be used to fulfill this requirement with the prior written approval of the director.

GOVT 338 - Government and Politics of Russia Credits: 3

GGS 330 - Geography of the Soviet Succession States Credits: 3

ECON 380 - Economies in Transition Credits: 3

Two courses (6 credits) of Russian literature or culture chosen from:

Other relevant courses may be used to fulfill this requirement with the prior written approval of the director.

RUSS 310 - Readings in Russian Literature Credits: 3

RUSS 311 - Contemporary Russian Short Fiction Credits: 3

RUSS 325 - Major Russian Writers Credits: 3

RUSS 326 - A Survey of Russian Literature Credits: 3

RUSS 327 - A Survey of Russian Literature Credits: 3

RUSS 353 - Russian Civilization Credits: 3

RUSS 354 - Contemporary Post-Soviet Life Credits: 3

Three courses at the 300 and 400 level (9 credits)

Students choose from courses that focus predominantly on Eastern Europe, Russia, or Central Asia. Courses used to meet this requirement may be in any field of study including special topics courses and other courses that deal primarily with the geographic areas covered in the Russian and Eurasian studies major. To use a special topics course or other course with variable content to meet this requirement, students should seek the advanced written approval of the director. (Special topics courses may be repeated for credit when the topic is different.)  Examples of courses that may meet this requirement:

RUSS 302 - Russian Conversation and Composition Credits: 3

RUSS 303 - Russian Advanced Conversation Credits: 3

RUSS 310 - Readings in Russian Literature Credits: 3

RUSS 311 - Contemporary Russian Short Fiction Credits: 3

RUSS 325 - Major Russian Writers Credits: 3

RUSS 326 - A Survey of Russian Literature Credits: 3

RUSS 327 - A Survey of Russian Literature Credits: 3

RUSS 353 - Russian Civilization Credits: 3

RUSS 354 - Contemporary Post-Soviet Life Credits: 3

RUSS 381 - Advanced Russian II Credits: 3

RUSS 401 - Readings in the Social Sciences Credits: 3

RUSS 407 - Russian Drama and Theater Credits: 3

RUSS 410 - Russian Poetry Credits: 3

RUSS 470 - Topics in (Post) Soviet Film Credits: 3

RUSS 480 - Fourth-Year Russian Credits: 3

RUSS 481 - Fourth-Year Russian Credits: 3

HIST 300 - Introduction to Historical Method Credits: 3

HIST 312 - Nationalism in Eastern Europe Credits: 3

HIST 328 - Rise of Russia Credits: 3

HIST 329 - Modern Russia and the Soviet Union Credits: 3

HIST 387 - Topics in Global History Credits: 3-6

HIST 388 - Topics in European History Credits: 3

HIST 426 - The Russian Revolution Credits: 3

HIST 499 - RS: Senior Seminar in History Credits: 3

THR 352 - Dramatic Literature SeminarCredits: 3

ECON 380 - Economies in Transition Credits: 3

GGS 330 - Geography of the Soviet Succession States Credits: 3

GOVT 338 - Government and Politics of Russia Credits: 3

GOVT 340 - Central Asian Politics Credits: 3

GOVT 444 - Issues in International Studies Credits: 1-3

GOVT 447 - Revolution and International Politics Credits: 3

Total: 33 credits

Writing-Intensive Requirement

The university requires all students to complete at least one course designated "writing intensive" in their majors at the 300 level or above. Students majoring in Russian and Eurasian studies may fulfill this requirement by successfully completing RUSS 302 , RUSS 325, or RUSS 407.

Electives

Any remaining credits may be completed with elective courses to bring the degree total to 120.

Degree Total: Minimum 120 credits

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