Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016


Russian Studies (RSS)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 16.0402

College of Arts & Sciences


Major Description

This degree seeks to prepare its students to understand the language, literature, and culture of Russia. One of the program's primary goals is to prepare students to be able to interact productively with Russian speakers. The program seeks to develop the highest possible level of proficiency in the Russian language in each of its students as a foundation for both academic understanding and everyday communication. In order to achieve this goal, the Russian Program treats language and culture as an inextricably bound up nexus that has to be inculcated at every step of the learning process.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete the A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education Requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university. If students transfer without an A.A. degree and have fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.
To complete a major in Russian, students should demonstrate proficiency at the intermediate level within the target language. This may be accomplished by completing 6-12 hours within the language or by demonstrated competency at the intermediate level. If this coursework (or associated competency) is not completed at a Florida College System institution, it must be completed before the degree is granted. A grade of “C” is the minimum acceptable grade.

Total Major Hours: 32 Hours

Major Core Courses - 14 Hours

  • RUS 2220 Intermediate Russian I
  • RUS 2221 Intermediate Russian II
  • RUT 3110 Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature in English
  • RUT 3111 Twentieth-Century Russian Literature in English

Major Elective Courses - 18 Hours

Select 18 hours in 3000- or 4000-level courses:

Up to 10 hours dealing with Russia, such as EUH and INR courses, may count.

Please contact a World Languages advisor to plan the appropriate coursework.

Additional Major Requirements

Major Other Requirements

Prerequisites: RUS 1200 Beginning Russian I (4 hrs) and RUS 1201 Beginning Russian II (4 hrs). Students may be able to place out of prerequisites if they pass a proficiency test. Heritage students will be placed in language courses according to their proficiency.

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