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Russian Language and Area Studies

Courses in Russian Language and Area Studies at TTU


1501, 1502. A Beginning Course in Russian I, II. Introduction and development of the four language skills: listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing.

2301, 2302. A Second Course in Russian I, II. Prerequisite: RUSN 1501, 1502, or equivalent. Training in oral and written expression and in aural and reading comprehension.

3304. Russian Culture. This course is a a survey of over a thousand years of Russian culture. We will look at important historical, political, and cultural (i.e., literature, music, and art) events and trends that have been instrumental in forming Russian culture. Taught in English .

3301. Russian Civilization through Literature in the Nineteenth Century. A survey course of 19th century Russian literature. We will read the works of the century's most important writers from Alexander Pushkin to Anton Chekhov. Taught in English.

3302. Twentieth Century Russian Civilization Through Literature inTranslation. This course will deal with the literature and other arts of the turn of the 20th Century in Russia and with the survival of this pre-1917 cultural tradition among the émigrés and in the Soviet Union. Taught in English.

3305. Topics in Advanced Russian. Prerequisite: RUSN 2302 or consent of instructor. Advanced Russian language skill development at third and fourth year levels. May be repeated three times when content differs. If you are looking for "Third Year Russian" you should enroll in this course.

4301. The Great Russian Realists: Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. Examines the significance of Tolstoy's and Dostoevsky's masterpieces. The works will be read in translation. Conducted in English.

4302. Contemporary Russian Literature in Translation. This course will examine the works of major Russian authors such as Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and Tatyana Tolstaya from 1953 to the present. Taught in English.


4300. Individual Studies in Slavistics.Independent study in Slavic and East European subjects under guidance of a faculty member, with content varying according to needs. May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor.

Political Science

3372. Governments of Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States.Examination of the politics, governments, and cultures of Russia and the republics of the former Soviet Union.


3372. Tsarist Russia. Political, economic, cultural and social development, and territorial expansion of Russia from the earliest times to the beginning of the twentieth century.

3374. History of Soviet Russia. The effects of Communist rule on the peoples of the USSR, and the Soviet Union's impact on the world in the twentieth century.

4379. Revolutionary Russia. Examines Russia/USSR during its revolutionary period, ca. 1900-1950. Topics studied include the 1917 revolutions, civil war, NEP, Stalinism, terror, the Gulag and WWII. (Writing Intensive)

4383. History of Central Asia. Explores the history of Central Asia from ancient nomadic empires to the present. Topics include nomadic pastoralism, Mongols, competing imperial-isms, everyday life, Islam, and politics. (Writing Intensive)