LOWER DIVISION COURSES:
RUSS 110. Russian Studies. (3 hours). A survey of Russian, Soviet, and post-Soviet history, culture, and politics. Cross-listed as History 110 and Political Science 110. Team-taught by faculty of the Departments of History, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, and Political Science, this course prepares students for additional courses and/or programs in Russian history, Russian language and literature, Russian government and politics, and/or international relations (including business). The course covers mediaeval, czarist, Soviet, and present-day (post-Soviet) Russia.
RUSS 111. Elementary Russian. (5 hours). Introduction to the sounds, writing system, grammar and vocabulary of the Russian language.
RUSS 112. Elementary Russian. (5 hours). Continuation of Russian 111. Presentation of grammar and vocabulary. Development of the four basic language skills -- listening comprehension, reading, writing, and speaking. Prerequisite: Russian 111 or equivalent.
RUSS 210. Intermediate Russian. (5 hours). This course completes the presentation of grammar and vocabulary begun in Russian 111 and continued in Russian 112. Listening-comprehension, reading, writing, and speaking skills are enhanced through audiovisual presentations and computer-assisted instructional sessions. This counts as a general education "introductory" course. Prerequisite: Russian 112 or equivalent.
RUSS 224. Intermediate Russian. (3 hours). A general education "further-studies" course for those wishing to complete two full academic years (four semesters) of basic (i.e., elementary + intermediate) Russian. Emphasis on the development of grammatical accuracy in both speaking and writing. Prerequisite: Russian 210 or equivalent.
RUSS 225. Russian Conversation and Composition. (2 hours). Practice in perfecting communication skills in Russian. Emphasis on topics of everyday Russian and American life. This course is best taken commensurately with Russian 224. Prerequisite: Russian 112 or instructor's consent.
UPPER DIVISION COURSES:
RUSS 300. Intermediate Russian Readings. (3 hours). General education "further-studies" course. Intensive reading of short stories by 19th- and 20th-century Russian authors. Emphasis on grammatical analysis to help develop reading skills. Prerequisite: Russian 224 or instructor's consent.
RUSS 325. Intermediate Russian Conversation and Composition. (2 hours). Practice in speaking and writing Russian, with emphasis on colloquial Russian. Students may receive transfer credit for this course after completing a formal language-study program in Russia. Prerequisite: Russian 224 or 225 or instructor's consent.
COURSES FOR GRADUATE/UNDERGRADUATE CREDIT:
RUSS 505. Russian Phonology. (2 hours). Cross-listed as Linguistics 505. Corrective pronunciation for non-native speakers of Russian. Students analyse and practice the production of Russian speech sounds and intonation contours (Bryzgunova's "intonatsionnye konstruktsii"). The course also deals with the correspondence between the letters of the Russian alphabet and actual speech sounds and offers practice in phonetic transcription. Prerequisite: Any 200-level Russian course or instructor's consent.
RUSS 515. Special Studies. (3 hours). The content of this course varies according to student interest. For this reason it may be repeated for credit. Generally this is an advanced-level (3rd- to 4th-year) Russian course; however, it may also serve as an introductory course in a second Slavic language (e.g., Czech or Bulgarian). Prerequisite: Russian 224 or equivalent, or instructor's consent.
RUSS 540. Russian Literature in English. (3 hours). General education "Issues & Perspectives" course. A survey course in representative Russian literature (prose) of the 19th century, of the Soviet (socialist realism) or post-Soviet period, or of a particular author. The survey of 19th-century Russian literature typically includes major prose works of Pushkin, Lermontov, Gogol', Goncharov, Turgenev, minor prose works of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, and the more popular plays of Chekhov. No knowledge of Russian is required, although some is desirable. Prerequisite: Departmental consent.
Gary H. Toops, Ph.D.
Professor of Russian and Linguistics
Prof. Toops received his Ph.D. in Russian and Slavic linguistics and early Slavic literature from Yale University in 1985. Since 1977, he has periodically received formal training in Russian at the Leningrad (i.e., St. Petersburg), Moscow, and Petrozavodsk State Universities. He has been teaching at Wichita State University since 1989. From 2006 until 2011, Prof. Toops served five years as book review editor for language and linguistics on the editorial staff of the journal Canadian Slavonic Papers / Revue canadienne des slavistes. His research interests include questions of syntax and morphosemantics of the verb in Bulgarian, Czech, German, Latvian, Lithuanian, Russian, and Upper Sorbian.
For further information about Russian at WSU contact:
Dr. Gary H. Toops
Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures
Wichita State University
Wichita, KS 67260-0011
To earn a minor in Russian, you need to take a minimum of 11 credit hours in Russian after you've completed the first three semesters of Russian (111, 112 and 210). A customary way of doing this is to proceed to Russian 224 (3 hours). After that you'll need to accumulate 8 more credit hours by taking at least one 300-level course and one 500-level course.
Here are some possible combinations:
Russian 224 - 3 hours Russian 224 - 3 hours Russian 224 - 3 hours
Russian 300 - 3 hours Russian 225 - 2 hours Russian 225 - 2 hours
Russian 505 - 2 hours Russian 300 - 3 hours Russian 300 - 3 hours
Russion 540 - 3 hours Russian 540 - 3 hours Russian 515 - 3 hours
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The combination of courses available to you will vary according to the semester(s) in which you choose to satisfy requirements for the minor. Remember that the minor requires a *minimum* of 11
credit hours beyond 210; you may end up actually earning as many as 14 credit hours in an effort to satisfy the 300- and 500-level distribution requirement.
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