University of Wisconsin–Madison

Russian Major

Requirements for the Major in Russian

The Russian major requires 20 credits in language courses above Slavic 204 to include 275–276, 315–316, 321–322. Students then must choose one of three tracks:

1. Major in Russian: Russian Language and Literature Track

The track in Russian language and literature requires:
20 credits in language courses above Slavic 204 to include 275–276, 315–316, 321–322

One course from 405, 420, 421, 422, 424, 440 (must be taken after completing Slavic 276) for 4 credits

Littrans 233 or 234 for 4 credits*

Littrans 203** and 204**, each for 4 credits. (Students who take Littrans 201 or 202 before declaring the major should consult with the advisor.)

*Littrans 233 and 234 are not language courses. They have the prerequisite of sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.
**Littrans 203/204 are open to freshmen; they may be used to meet the literature (humanities) breadth requirement of the L curriculum. Littrans 203 and 204, in addition, fulfill the Communication Part B writing requirement. It is preferable to take these Littrans courses in numerical sequence, though they may be taken out of sequence. Although Littrans 203/204 count toward total credits required for the major, they also count as part of the 80 credits that must be earned outside the department.

All students are required to fulfill the L&S requirement of at least 15 credits of upper-level work in the major completed in residence. For the Russian major, Slavic 275–276, 309, 310, 315–316, 321–322, 405, 415, 420, 421, 422, 424, 430, 440, 444, 456, 458, 532, 535, 681, 682, 699, 705 and 802 count toward this requirement.
Note: Students majoring in Russian language and literature are eligible to earn the Certificate in Russian, East European, and Central Asia Studies.

2. Major in Russian: Russian Language and Civilization Track

The track in Russian language and civilization requires:
20 credits in Russian language above Slavic 204 to include: 275–276, 315–316, 321–322

Culture course Littrans 233 or 234 for 4 credits*

Civilization course Slavic 253 for 4 credits

Area studies courses: 9 credits in area studies courses including any of the following or other courses as approved by the advisor:

Littrans 233 or 234 (whichever is not taken to fulfill the culture requirement cited above)
Anthro 339, 441
Comm Arts 456
Econ 365, 366, 390**
Geog 353, 553
History 417, 481, 419, 420, 421, 422, 423, 600**
Jewish St 371
Poli Sci 336, 401, 612, 633, 634, 695**
Slavic 444, 455
Theatre 532
And other courses as approved by the advisor

*Littrans 233 and 234 are not language courses. They have the prerequisite of sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.
**These courses are eligible only when the topics course focuses on Russia.

Courses fulfilling this requirement may also be taken in study abroad in the UW–Madison study abroad program in Russia (consult with the undergraduate advisor for more information).

Area studies courses above count toward total credits required for the major and also count as part of the 80 credits that must be earned outside the department (except for Littrans 233/234).

All students are required to fulfill the L&S requirement of at least 15 credits of upper-level work in the major completed in residence. For the Russian major, Slavic 275–276, 309, 310, 315–316, 321–322, 405, 415, 420, 421, 422, 424, 430, 440, 444, 456, 458, 532, 535, 681, 682, 699, 705 and 802 count toward this requirement.
Note: Students majoring in Russian language and civilization are not eligible to earn the Certificate in Russian, Eastern European, and Central Asian Studies administered by the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA), if they are focusing on Russia for the certificate. If they focus on Eastern Europe or Central Asia, they may also get the certificate.

3. Major in Russian: Russian for Native Speakers Track

Students who are native speakers of Russian may elect a major in Russian. They are required to take 36 credits of courses in Russian language and literature. Students electing this major must take Slavic 275/276, 315/316, and 321/322 unless they place out of these courses. If they place out of any of these courses, they must take additional credits in Russian literature. This track requires the following courses:
20 credits in Russian language above Slavic 204, to include 275–276, 315–316, 321–322, unless waived from these courses; in which case the balance of 20 credits must be taken in advanced Russian language and literature courses (courses numbered Slavic 400 and higher);

Culture course Littrans 233* or 234* for 4 credits each

Both Littrans 203 and 204 for 4 credits each

At least one 400-level Slavic course in Russian literature for 4 credits

*Littrans 233 and 234 are not language courses. They have the prerequisite of sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

All students are required to fulfill the L&S requirement of 15 credits of upper-level work in the major taken in residence. For the Russian major, Slavic 275–276, 309, 310, 315–316, 321–322, 405, 415, 420, 421, 422, 424, 430, 440, 444, 456, 458, 532, 535, 681, 682, 699, 705 and 802 count toward this requirement.
Honors in the Major in Russian

Students wishing to complete the requirements for Honors in the Major in Russian, in any of the three majors tracks, must apply to the department undergraduate advisor. Candidates for Honors in the Major in Russian are required, in addition to meeting the general Russian major requirements, to take a minimum of 20 honors credits in courses beyond Slavic 204 in the following courses:
Slavic 275, 276, 321, 322 except in those cases when students take these courses on study abroad or in a summer study program. Student pursuing the Honors in the Major in Russian must earn an overall GPA of at least 3.3 in all courses taken at UW–Madison.
In addition, a Senior Honors Thesis of 6 credits, Slavic 681 and 682, is required. Honors candidates are required to maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5, both for courses taken for honors credit, and for all other courses beyond Slavic 204 taken in the department. These students are held to a higher standard than other students in the classes, and are expected to meet frequently with the honors advisor, who monitors them closely as they complete their departmental major requirements. Students seeking honors in the major in Russian must also work closely with their instructors and the honors thesis advisor. Honors candidates are required to enroll for the honors thesis in the semester before they begin the yearlong thesis sequence (Slavic 681/682).

Distinction in the Major in Russian

With the permission of the department honors advisor, students who are not in any of the honors programs may work toward Distinction in the Major in Russian. Distinction in the Major may be granted for any student who has a 3.5 grade point average in the major, and who has submitted an acceptable senior thesis.