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: Appendix I: 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 .
- Russian language sequence: for students who want to acquire native fluency in spoken and written Russian and a thorough knowledge of Russian literature.
- 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.
III. Concentration in Russian and East Central European Studies (RECE): This 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:
- 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.
IV. Concentration in Russian translation: for students with interest in acquiring training in Russian translation in a variety of professional fields. Requirements for the concentration in Russian translation include:
1. 6 credits in Russian language at the intermediate level (RUSS 20100 and RUSS 20200 ) or 6 credits in the intensive RUSS 20300 for heritage speakers.
2. RUSS 21500 Translating Culture: Introduction to Theory and Practice of Translation for 3 credits.
3. RUSS 30100 Advanced Russian I for 3 credits
4. RUSS 30200 Advanced Russian II for 3 credits
5. RUSS 31700 Practical Aspects of Translation for 3 credits
6. RUSS 31800 Advanced Translation for 3 credits
7. RUSS 49800 Internship in Russian and Slavic Studies for 3 credits
Students exempt from the Russian language requirement through proficiency testing or by permission of the Division Head are required to take also either:
1. one 300-level literature course taught in Russian for 3 credits and one of the following 300-level language courses:
RUSS 31500 or
RUSS 31900 for 3 credits (6 credits in all) or:
2. two 300-level language courses from the following courses
RUSS 31900 for 6 credits
3. or two 300-level literature courses in Russian for 6 credits
Preparation for teaching in Grades 7-12
In cooperation with the 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 The School of Education