Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18

Majors

World Languages and Cultures (WLC) with a concentration in Russian (WLRS)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 16.0101

College of Arts & Sciences

http://languages.usf.edu/undergraduate/russian/

Major Description

The B.A. in World Languages and Cultures offers students a solid foundation in language and linguistic skills as well as knowledge of diverse cultures. Students may choose one concentration: Applied Linguistics, Chinese Language and Culture, Classics, East Asian Languages and Cultures, French, French International Studies and Business, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Spanish International Studies and Business, or may combine two concentrations (36 credit hours: 6 credit hours major core and 15 credit hours per concentration; the French International Studies and Business and the Spanish International Studies and Business concentrations are excluded). Upon completion of the program, students will be able to interact and participate in a global environment.

Concentration Description

The concentration in Russian 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 an 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 a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C- is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.

  • Students should demonstrate proficiency at the intermediate level within the concentration’s language. This may be accomplished by completing 6-12 hours within the language or by demonstrated competency at the intermediate level.

Total Major Hours: 32 Hours

Major Core Courses - 6 Hours

Major Elective Courses - 24-63 Hours

Students must select one of the following concentrations:

  • Applied Linguistics
  • Chinese Language and Culture
  • Classics
  • East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • French
  • French International Studies and Business
  • German
  • Interdisciplinary Classical Civilizations
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Spanish International Studies and Business

Concentration Core Courses - 8 Hours

Students who demonstrate sufficient proficiency may be excused from RUS 2220 and RUS 2221 (e.g., heritage learners).

Concentration Elective Courses - 18 Hours

Student chooses 18 credit hours from the following list of courses:

  • RUS 3240 Russian Language & Culture through Film
  • RUS 3470 Overseas Study
  • RUS 4241 Russian Language & Culture through Film II
  • RUS 3500 Russian Civilization
  • RUT 3110 19th Century Russian Literature in English
  • RUT 3111 20th Century Russian Literature in English
  • RUS 4900 Selected Topics
  • RUS 4905 Directed Study
  • One course from an EUH, INR or PHI prefixed course, dealing with Russia (prior approval from an advisor is required)

Additional Major Information

Major Advising

Yury Riascos, World Languages Academic Advisor: languagesadvise@usf.edu

Concentration Advising

Yury Riascos, World Languages Academic Advisor: languagesadvise@usf.edu

Major Faculty

World Languages Chairperson: S.K. Schindler; Associate Chair: A. Thompson (Linguistics), Professors: P. Brescia (Spanish), M. Camara (Spanish), V.E. Peppard (Russian), C.M. Probes (French), S.K. Schindler (German); Associate Professors: C.J. Cano (Spanish), M. Grieb (German), I. Kantzios (Classics), A. Latowsky (French), P. La Trecchia (Italian), E. Manolaraki (Classics), H. Scharm (Spanish), E. Shepherd (Chinese), K. Simeon-Jones (French), A. Thompson (Linguistics), C. Vasquez (Linguistics), W. Zhu (Linguistics); Assistant Professors: D. Arbesu (Spanish), J. Cazenave (French), M.H. Chiang (Chinese), A. Huensch (Linguistics), J. Nethercut (Classics), X. Qin (Chinese), N. Tracy-Ventura (Linguistics); Instructors: S. Amer (Arabic), M. Chinea-Thornberry (Spanish), C. Davies (Portuguese), A. De La Pava (Spanish), S. Huber (German), M. Nozu (Japanese), A. Oh (Classics), O. Oleynik (Russian), A. Perez Franco (Spanish), S. Savona (French), S. Wohlmuth (Spanish), Q. Wu (Chinese).

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