Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019
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
Major DescriptionThe 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 DescriptionThe 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 by testing or completion of a foreign language through the intermediate level per State Mandated Common Prerequisites (see https://dlss.flvc.org/c/document_library/get_file?uuid=4f8695e3-1adc-4631-9e89-9c26fc145b54). 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
- East Asian Languages and Cultures
- French International Studies and Business
- Interdisciplinary Classical Civilizations
- Spanish International Studies and Business
Concentration Core Courses - 8 Hours
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)
All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912 or IDS 4914 courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office for Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.