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Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014 
Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Russian - BA

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Foundational Courses

Foundational Courses must be completed before embarking upon the major. Students with appropriate background may be exempted from some or all Foundational Courses. See department for proper placement. Courses leading to (foundational) or within this major may fulfill parts of the Hunter Core Requirement (CUNY Common Core [CCC], Hunter Focus, Concurrent Requirements). When selecting courses, it may be to a student’s advantage to choose courses that count toward the Hunter Core Requirement and also advance the student on the path to the major. Details on the Hunter Core Requirement can be found here: Hunter Core Requirement 

Major- 24 credits

The Russian major consists of no fewer than 24 credits chosen among courses in the language beyond RUSS 10100  and RUSS 10200 .

  1. Russian language sequence: for students who want to acquire native fluency in spoken and written Russian and a thorough knowledge of Russian literature.
  2. Russian language and culture sequence: for students whose interests lie in the arts rather than in language. With the permission of the division head, a limited number of courses in translation may be applied to the major sequence.
  3. Concentration in Russian and East Central European Studies (RECE): This new concentration within the Russian program draws on a variety of disciplines in combination with courses from the Division of Russian and Slavic Studies. Requirements for RECE include Russian or Slavic language proficiency or a pre- or corequisite of 6 credits in Russian or Slavic language at the 20200 (intermediate) level or above and 18 credits distributed as follows: Russian or East Central European history (3 cr.); RECE area political science (3 cr.); Russian or East Central European literature, culture or arts (3 cr.); and three additional 200- or 300-level courses chosen from two of the following categories: anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science and literature, culture or arts. Students should select courses in consultation with their RECE adviser. In addition to their 18-to 24-credit concentration, students are strongly urged to choose 12 minor credits from disciplines related to RECE.


All courses offered by the Russian Division are open to qualified students for elective credit.

Preparation for teaching in Grades 7-12

In cooperation with the School of Education , the program in Russian provides opportunities for students to prepare for a career in teaching Russian in grades 7-12. Students preparing to teach Russian must complete a 33-credit major option for teaching that includes the 24-credit sequence taken by non-teaching majors plus 9 additional credits:

  and 6 additional credits in Russian language and literature at the 300 or 400 level. Students interested in teaching Russian in New York Schools should take the 23-credit pedagogical sequence for grades 7-12 . This sequence may count toward the course requirements for New York State Certification, but will not by itself be sufficient for certification. Students interested in a teaching career should consult with the School of Education .

Minor in Russian

The minor in Russian consists of no fewer than 12 credits.  Courses taken toward the Russian minor could follow two tracks: the Russian language minor or the Russian literature and culture minor.


Track I: Russian Language Minor

Track II: Russian Literature and Culture Minor

Courses in Russian and Slavic Studies

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