Why Study Russian with the KU Slavic Department?

Languages in the Slavic Department


Russian at KU

Russian is spoken by upwards of 170 million people in Russia, a country that covers one eighth of the world's landmass and that spans eleven time zones across Europe and Asia. Russian is also widely spoken as a second language throughout Eastern Europe and Central Asia, making it the fourth most widely spoken language in the world, and thus one of only six official languages of the United Nations. It is the language of some of the world's greatest scientists (including Mendeleev, creator of the periodic table of elements), musicians (including Tchaikovsky, composer of Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and The 1812 Overture), and writers (including Tolstoy, author of War and Peace, and Dostoevsky, author of Crime and Punishment). Study of Russian opens up a myriad of career opportunities in fields ranging from business to diplomacy to environmental studies to technology and cultural exchange.

Questions? Contact Director of Undergraduate Studies Professor Ani Kobobobo.

For more information about our curriculum for Russian and Russian language materials developed at KU, visit the Russian resources page.


Courses Offered

 

RUSS 100 Russian Reading Course I
A special reading course for candidates for advanced degrees, faculty members, and graduate or undergraduate students from other schools or departments, designed to aid them in obtaining a reading knowledge for purposes of research. An intensive study of the fundamentals of grammar proceeding to the reading of material of medium difficulty. The course does not satisfy any part of the undergraduate language requirement. Presupposes no previous study of Russian. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

RUSS 101 Russian Reading Course II
A continuation of RUSS 100. Completion and review of the fundamentals of grammar, with emphasis on reading and translation of learned, scientific, or technical writing and other material of an advanced nature. Each student will also have special assignments in his or her particular field. This course does not satisfy any part of the undergraduate language requirement. Prerequisite: RUSS 100. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

RUSS 104 Elementary Russian I
First semester. Five hours of basic language acquisition and oral practice per week. Essentials of grammar, practice in comprehending, speaking, reading, and writing Russian. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Six, Irina
MTWRF 10:00-10:50 AM WES 1005 - LAWRENCE
5 22644
LEC Six, Irina
MTWRF 12:00-12:50 PM WES 1005 - LAWRENCE
5 22645
LEC Six, Irina
MTWRF 08:00-08:50 AM WES 4010 - LAWRENCE
5 26460
RUSS 105 Elementary Russian I, Honors
Honors version of RUSS 104, with additional work aimed at accelerating students progress to proficiency and expanding their cultural competence. Prerequisite: Open only to students admitted to the University Honors Program, or by permission of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

RUSS 108 Elementary Russian II
Second semester. Five hours of basic language acquisition and oral practice per week. Essentials of grammar, practice in comprehending, speaking, reading, and writing Russian. A continuation of RUSS 104. Prerequisite: RUSS 104. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

RUSS 109 Elementary Russian II, Honors
A continuation of RUSS 105. Honors version of RUSS 108, with additional work aimed at accelerating students progress to proficiency and expanding their cultural competence. Prerequisite: RUSS 104 or RUSS 105. Open only to students admitted to the University Honors Program, or by permission of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

RUSS 110 Intensive Elementary Russian
Intensive course in elementary Russian providing the student with a complete survey of Russian grammar, and proficiency in understanding, reading, and speaking basic Russian. Twenty contact hours per week. Same content as RUSS 104 and RUSS 108 combined. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Shchur, Oleksandra
Lysenko, Irina
APPT- CO-ST FTCL - OFF CAMPUS
10 26205
LEC Shchur, Oleksandra
Lakhmitko, Katerina
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
10 26206
RUSS 150 Beginning Russian I
Fundamentals of Russian grammar, reading, speaking, and writing. Course designed to accommodate the needs of students regardless of age, educational background, or occupation. No previous knowledge of Russian or other foreign languages required. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

RUSS 152 Beginning Russian II
Continuation of RUSS 150. Does not fulfill BA foreign language requirement. Prerequisite: RUSS 150 or equivalent. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

RUSS 177 First Year Seminar: _____
A limited-enrollment, seminar course for first-time freshmen, addressing current issues in Russian. Course is designed to meet the critical thinking learning outcome of the KU Core. First-Year Seminar topics are coordinated and approved by the Office of First-Year Experience. Prerequisite: First-time freshman status. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

RUSS 204 Intermediate Russian I
This course is designed to develop speaking, reading, and listening proficiency within the context of a review of grammar. Prerequisite: RUSS 108, RUSS 110, or equivalent. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Six, Irina
MTWRF 09:00-09:50 AM WES 1046 - LAWRENCE
5 22642
LEC Six, Irina
MTWRF 11:00-11:50 AM WES 1005 - LAWRENCE
5 13636
RUSS 205 Intermediate Russian I, Honors
Honors version of RUSS 204 with additional work aimed at accelerating students progress to proficiency and expanding their cultural competence. Prerequisite: Open only to students who have received an A in RUSS 108 or an A or B in RUSS 109, and who are admitted to the University Honors Program, or by permission of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

RUSS 208 Intermediate Russian II
Continuation of RUSS 204. Completes the undergraduate foreign language requirement. The course is designed to develop speaking, reading, and listening proficiency within the context of detailed grammatical review. Prerequisite: RUSS 204 or equivalent. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

RUSS 209 Intermediate Russian II, Honors
Honors version of RUSS 208, with additional work aimed at accelerating students progress to proficiency and expanding their cultural competence. Prerequisite: RUSS 204 or 205. Open only to students admitted to the University Honors Program, or by permission of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

RUSS 212 Second Year Russian I
A review of Russian and further development of all four language skills. This course is intended for non-specialists and for students fulfilling the language requirement. Prerequisite: RUSS 108 or RUSS 110. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

RUSS 216 Second Year Russian II
Continuation of RUSS 212. More focused development of students' oral skills and reading abilities. This course fulfills the college foreign language requirement. Prerequisite: RUSS 204 or RUSS 212. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

RUSS 250 Continuing Russian I
Fundamentals of Russian grammar, reading, speaking, and writing. Course designed to accommodate the needs of students regardless of age, educational background, or occupation. Does not count towards the fulfillment of the undergraduate language requirement. Does not count towards the undergraduate major in Slavic. Prerequisite: RUSS 152 or equivalent. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Shchur, Oleksandra
Lysenko, Irina
APPT- CO-ST FTCL - OFF CAMPUS
3 26207
LEC Shchur, Oleksandra
Lakhmitko, Katerina
APPT- CO-ST FTCL - OFF CAMPUS
3 26208
RUSS 252 Continuing Russian II
A continuation of RUSS 250. Does not count towards the fulfillment of the undergraduate language requirement. Does not count towards the undergraduate major in Slavic. Prerequisite: RUSS 250 or equivalent. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Shchur, Oleksandra
Lysenko, Irina
APPT- CO-ST FTCL - OFF CAMPUS
3 25505
LEC Shchur, Oleksandra
Lakhmitko, Katerina
APPT- CO-ST FTCL - OFF CAMPUS
3 25506
RUSS 504 Advanced Russian I
A practical Russian language course involving advanced study of the grammar, reading of texts on a variety of subjects, conversation, and composition. Taught in Russian. Designed for students who have had four semesters of Russian. Prerequisite: RUSS 208 or RUSS 216. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Six, Irina
MWF 11:00-11:50 AM WES 1046 - LAWRENCE
3 13637
RUSS 508 Advanced Russian II
A practical Russian language course involving advanced study of the grammar, reading of texts on a variety of subjects, conversation, and composition. Taught in Russian. Designed for students who have had two and one-half or more years of Russian language. Prerequisite: RUSS 504. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

RUSS 512 Russian for the Professions I
This course focuses on the active mastery of language structures and vocabulary needed for people using Russian in professional capacities, particularly such as business and journalism. Materials will be drawn from the current Russian press and electronic media. Designed for students who have had basic language training and want to develop specialized language skills. Prerequisite: RUSS 208 or RUSS 216. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Six, Irina
Karpusheva, Anna
MWF 02:00-02:50 PM WES 4014 - LAWRENCE
3 13638
RUSS 516 Russian for the Professions II
A continuation of RUSS 512. Prerequisite: RUSS 504, RUSS 512, or RUSS 522. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

RUSS 522 Problems in Translating Russian into English I
Preparation of hitherto untranslated works, possibly with the intention of submitting for publication. Training and practice in the skills of oral interpretation. Prerequisite: Two years minimum of Russian language courses. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Dickey, Stephen
MWF 03:00-03:50 PM WES 4022 - LAWRENCE
3 26355
RUSS 526 Problems in Translating Russian into English II
A continuation of RUSS 522. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

RUSS 550 Advanced Conversation, Composition, and Grammar in Russia: Summer Program
Held in Russia. Twenty-four hours of class work weekly, plus lectures and excursions, for six weeks at St. Petersburg University. Prerequisite: RUSS 208 or the equivalent of twenty-two hours of Russian language courses. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

RUSS 552 Advanced Russian Language at Saint Petersburg University: Semester Program
Sixteen weeks of intensive Russian language and literature classes held at Saint Petersburg University, Russia. Classes in advanced phonetics, conversation, and grammar as well as lectures on literary and other cultural topics. Prerequisite: Minimum of five semesters of Russian language study at the college level or its equivalent. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

RUSS 600 Classics of Russian Culture
This advanced Russian language class explores the monuments of Russian culture (1700-1980) in the context of the country's history, customs, artistic traditions and literary trends. It is designed to develop reading, writing, and speaking skills of advanced language students and includes the preparation of written and oral reports in Russian. Discussion format; conducted entirely in Russian. Prerequisite: RUSS 508 or equivalent. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

RUSS 604 Contemporary Russian Culture
This advanced Russian language class explores issues in contemporary Russian culture (literature and the arts, societal trends and issues, politics, and national life) based on Russian film, television, and print materials. It is designed to develop reading, writing, and speaking skills of advanced language students who wish to develop high levels of fluency, accuracy, and idiomatic expressiveness. Includes the preparation of both written and oral reports. Discussion format; conducted entirely in Russian. Prerequisite: RUSS 508 or equivalent. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

RUSS 608 Russian Phonetics and Grammar
A survey of fundamental issues in Russian phonetics, morphology, and syntax. The course will develop reading, writing, and speaking skills necessary for discussing and analyzing the major linguistic categories of Russian. Includes the preparation of both written and oral reports. Discussion format; conducted entirely in Russian. Prerequisite: RUSS 508 or equivalent. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

RUSS 612 Introduction to Russian Literature
Readings for this advanced Russian language class will be drawn from representative prose, poetry, and drama of 19th or 20th century authors. The course will develop reading, writing, and speaking skills necessary for discussing and analyzing the major texts and literary trends of the Russian tradition. Includes the preparation of both written and oral reports. Discussion format; conducted entirely in Russian. Prerequisite: RUSS 508 or equivalent. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

RUSS 616 Stylistics
Practical examination of the features of stylistic registers available in contemporary Russian, ranging from slang to colloquial speech to educated journalistic, scientific, and literary styles. The course will develop reading, writing, and speaking skills necessary for discussing and analyzing stylistic registers. Includes the preparation of both written and oral reports. Discussion format; conducted entirely in Russian. Prerequisite: RUSS 508 or equivalent. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Six, Irina
MWF 03:00-03:50 PM WES 1016 - LAWRENCE
3 25580
RUSS 675 Readings in Russian
Prerequisite: Two years of Russian, and consent of instructor. IND.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Chernetsky, Vitaly
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 21767
IND Dickey, Stephen
M 01:00-01:50 PM WES 1046 - LAWRENCE
W 09:00-09:50 AM WES 4014 - LAWRENCE
1-6 25241
IND Perelmutter, Renee
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 21768
IND Six, Irina
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 19472

SLAV 140 Introduction to Russian Culture
An introduction to the principal achievements of Russian cultural history, with particular emphasis on literature, folklore, spirituality, and the visual arts. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Kokobobo, Ani
MW 11:00-12:15 PM WES 1009 - LAWRENCE
3 16033
SLAV 141 Introduction to Russian Culture, Honors
An introduction to the principal achievements of Russian cultural history, with particular emphasis on literature, folklore, spirituality, and the visual arts. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Kokobobo, Ani
MW 11:00-12:15 PM WES 1009 - LAWRENCE
3 16034
SLAV 144 Survey of Russian Literature in Translation
A survey of the principal works of Russian literature including such authors as Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Pasternak, Solzhenitsyn, and others. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

SLAV 145 Survey of Russian Literature in Translation, Honors
A survey of the principal works of Russian literature including such authors as Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Pasternak, Solzhenitsyn, and others. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

SLAV 148 Introduction to Slavic Folklore
An introduction to the various forms of folklore among the Slavic peoples, with particular emphasis on the folk literature, customs, and artifacts of Russia, Poland, and the South Slavic countries. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Perelmutter, Renee
Karpusheva, Anna
APPT- ONLNE KULC - LAWRENCE
3 13667
SLAV 149 Introduction to Slavic Folklore, Honors
An introduction to the various forms of folklore among the Slavic peoples, with particular emphasis on the folk literature, customs, and artifacts of Russia, Poland, and the South Slavic countries. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Perelmutter, Renee
Karpusheva, Anna
APPT- ONLNE KULC - LAWRENCE
3 22854
SLAV 340 Introduction to the Languages and Peoples of Russia and East-Central Europe
An overview of the languages and peoples of Russia and East-Central Europe, including the Slavic and Baltic languages, Romanian, and Albanian. Topics addressed include language prehistory, writing systems, and the relationship between language and national identity. Emphasis on language issues as a background to current events in order to impart an appreciation of the area, its uniqueness and complexity. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

SLAV 341 Introduction to the Languages and Peoples of Russia and East-Central Europe, Honors
An overview of the languages and peoples of Russia and East-Central Europe, including the Slavic and Baltic languages, Romanian, and Albanian. Topics addressed include language prehistory, writing systems, and the relationship between language and national identity. Emphasis on language issues as a background to current events in order to impart an appreciation of the area, its uniqueness and complexity. Prerequisite: Membership in the College Honors Program or consent of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.


Giving

KU’s Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies program is one of only 12 federally-funded national resource centers in the US
Only doctoral program in Slavic Languages and Literatures between the Mississippi and the West Coast
100% of graduate students in the Slavic program had funding in academic year 2012-13
KU's Libraries house over 500,000 volumes of Slavic books and electronic editions
Two of the department’s last four doctoral candidates have won a Fulbright grants to conduct dissertation research abroad