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Russian

Wilbert Roget, Department Chair
537 Anderson Hall
215-204-8266
wilbert.roget@temple.edu

Benjamin Rifkin, Faculty Advisor
1206 Anderson Hall
215-204-1816
brifkin@temple.edu

www.temple.edu/FGIS/Home/


Russian is a major world language spoken by more than 150 million people in the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, the Baltic States, the Caucasus, and right here in Philadelphia, as well as in every other large American city.  Russian is the national (official) language of Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and is used as a lingua franca throughout Central Asia.  It is also one of the official working languages of the United Nations. Russia is the language of the booming Russian economy, one of the largest producers of oil, gas, coal, diamonds, gold, copper, steel, and timber.  A tremendous market for US goods and services, Russia is also beginning to increase its exports to the United States, especially in the energy sector.  Students who study Russian can go on to enjoy exciting and fulfilling careers in international business. 

Russia is also the birthplace of one of the world's most fascinating cultures.  Whether you are interested in literature (think Dostoevsky and Tolstoy, Pasternak and Akhmatova), music (think Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky), theater (think Stanislavsky and Chekhov), film (think Tarkovsky and Sokurov) or art (think Kandinsky, Malevich, and Chagall), Russian culture is a rich and exciting tradition that has been of critical importance for the development of world culture. 

Students who major, minor or earn the certificate in Russian go on to careers in business, media, government service, and work in non-profit agencies; some choose to go to graduate or professional school before embarking on careers in law, medicine or government service.  Russian is considered a language of national strategic significance and numerous federal agencies give preference to job candidates with Russian language expertise.  Many students who major or minor in Russian do so in combination with another academic program.

The Temple Russian program strongly encourages students to participate in study abroad through accredited programs (see below) and is ready to help students apply for scholarships to help make that possible.  Students who study Russian at Temple find that the Russian program prepares them to do well in whatever they choose upon graduation; our program teaches students to think, read, and write critically.  The word Russian stands out on students' résumés and transcripts.

The Russian major, minor and certificates are transitioning to new and exciting programs designed to meet students' needs to develop strong language skills for professional opportunities or personal fulfillment. 

Students who begin first-year Russian and students who declare a Russian major, minor or certificate prior to the fall of 2006 will be permitted to finish the Russian major in accordance with requirements established before the proposed program is implemented; however, these students may choose, in consultation with the Russian advisor, to follow the new program (as listed below). 

Students who begin first-year Russian in fall 2006 or later will be required to complete the new Russian major, minor or certificate program.  Students who do not take first-year Russian at Temple (heritage and transfer students) but who declare a Russian major, minor or certificate between Fall 2006 and Fall 2008 will be bound by this proposed curriculum, but will work with the Russian Section Head and advisors in the Academic Advising Center to arrange for appropriate substitutions as necessary.

Because the Russian major, minor and certificate are in transition, students may not be able to find the exact courses they need in any given semester, but equivalent substitutions are possible in this period of transition.  Students must see the faculty advisor for Russian to arrange for such substitutions.  The full roster of courses for the new academic programs in Russian will be introduced by 2010.

Students majoring or minoring in Russian, as well as students seeking the certificate in Russian, are strongly encouraged to participate in study abroad in Russia.  Students participating in recognized programs in Russia, such as those sponsored by the American Council of Teachers of Russian (www.actr.org), the Council on International Educational Exchange (www.ciee.org), or the School for Russian and Asian Studies (www.sras.org), as well as in other study abroad programs as approved by the faculty advisor, receive credit towards the Russian major for courses taken in Russia on study abroad.  See the faculty advisor for more details, and visit the Temple University International Academic Programs office in Tuttleman Hall (www.temple.edu/studyabroad) for more information.

Requirements for the Major for Students Declaring the Major in Fall 2006 or later

Prerequisites:  Placement into Russian 0225 or 0227.  Heritage students of Russian, i.e., students who speak Russian in their homes, are required to take Russian 0227 and should see the faculty advisor for Russian for this placement.  Students with no Russian language background take Russian 0051, First-Year Russian I, and continue to take Russian through fourth-semester Russian, Russian 0062.  Successful completion of Russian 0062 or the equivalent is the prerequisite for entrance into Russian 0225, a course required for the Russian major.

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Russian 0055 Russian Culture (taught in English) 3  
Russian 0225* Third Year Russian I 4  
Russian 0226* Third Year Russian II 4  
Russian 0231 Fourth Year Russian I 3 WI*
Russian 0232 Fourth Year Russian II 3  
Russian 0295 Independent Study 2  
         
Russian Electives 12 credits of upper-level Russian electives selected in consultation with the faculty advisor
for Russian.**
12  
         
Total     31  
     
*Heritage students of Russian (students with a home background in which Russian is spoken) take Russian
0227, 0228 and a 2-credit independent study (Russian 0296) instead of Russian 0225-0226.
 
**Students may substitute History 0146 or 0254 for one of the upper-level culture courses with permission
of the faculty advisor, resulting in 30 credits for the major.
 
Note: Students beginning Russian 0225 or higher in Fall 2006 should see an advisor to
arrange substitutions to make up the minimum number of required credits.
 

Distinction in Major

To be considered for Distinction in Major, students must:

  • Complete the requirements for the concentration in Russian with a GPA of at least 3.50 in Russian courses;
  • Be recommended to the Chair of the department by the Russian faculty advisor;
  • Have an overall GPA of at least 3.25.

Minor in Russian for Students Declaring the Minor in Fall 2006 or Later

Prerequisites:  Placement into Russian 0225 or 0227.  Heritage students of Russian, i.e., students who speak Russian in their homes, are required to take Russian 0227 and should see the faculty advisor for Russian for this placement.  Students with no Russian language background take Russian 0051, First-Year Russian I, and continue to take Russian through fourth-semester Russian, Russian 0062.  Successful completion of Russian 0062 or the equivalent is the prerequisite for entrance into Russian 0225, a course required for the Russian minor.

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Russian 0055 Russian Culture 3  
Russian 0225* Third Year Russian I 4  
Russian 0226* Third Year Russian II 4  
Russian Electives Two 100 level or above courses in Russian** 8  
         
Total     19  
         
*Heritage students of Russian (students with a home background in which Russian is spoken) take Russian
0227, 0228 and a 2-credit independent study (Russian 0296) instead of Russian 0225-0226.
 
**Students may substitute History 0146 or 0254 for one of the upper-level culture courses with permission
of the faculty advisor, resulting in 18 credits for the minor.
 
Note: Students beginning Russian 0225 or higher in Fall 2006 should see an advisor to
arrange substitutions to make up the minimum number of required credits.
 

Requirements for the Special Foreign Language Certificate in Russian for Students Declaring the Certificate in Fall

2006 or later

Prerequisites: Placement into Russian 0225 or 0227.  Heritage students of Russian, i.e., students who speak Russian in their homes, are required to take Russian 0227 and should see the faculty advisor for Russian for this placement.  Students with no Russian language background take Russian 0051, First-Year Russian I, and continue to take Russian through fourth-semester Russian, Russian 0062.  Successful completion of Russian 0062 or the equivalent is the prerequisite for entrance into Russian 0225, a course required for the Russian certificate.

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Russian 0225* Third Year Russian I 3 (Prior to Fall 2006)
or 4 (as of Fall 2006)
 
Russian 0226* Third Year Russian II 3 (Prior to Fall 2006)
or 4 (as of Fall 2006)
 
Russian 0231 Fourth Year Russian I 3 WI*
Russian 0232 Fourth Year Russian II 3  
         
Total     14  
*Heritage students of Russian (students with a home background in which Russian is spoken) take Russian
0227, 0228 and a 2-credit independent study (Russian 0296) instead of Russian 0225-0226.
 

 

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