Accessibility Navigation:

Russian Studies/Russian Language & Literature Major

In order to major in Russian Studies or Russian Language and Literature, you must apply through the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.

Faculty

Amanda Ewington, Associate Professor and Chair of Russian Studies
Roman Utkin, Assistant Professor of Russian Studies
Russian Language and Literature: faculty from ARB, CLA, CHI, ENG, FRE, GER, GLT, GSS, SPA, or THE (depending on thesis project)
Russian Studies: faculty from ANT, ECO, GSS, HIS, POL, REL, SOC or others (depending on thesis project) 

Learning Outcomes

Students who major in Russian Language and Literature will learn to:

  • demonstrate advanced linguistic and cultural competency in Russian by reading, writing, and conversing about literary and scholarly texts;
  • demonstrate a theoretically informed understanding of Russian literature and its major literary theories, schools, genres, and history by presenting their work orally, visually, and in writing, both in English and in Russian;
  • practice the creative and intellectual work of literary translation;
  • complete a capstone project. For honors, students will present in a public forum, and defend before a committee of faculty members, a substantial 2-semester thesis.

Students who major in Russian Studies will learn to:

  • demonstrate advanced linguistic and cultural competency in Russian by reading, writing, and conversing about the contemporary Russian media, scholarly articles, primary
    historical sources, and literary texts;
  • gain a solid understanding of Russian history and culture;
  • demonstrate the ability to make trans-disciplinary connections between Russian language, culture, history, and the methods of their chosen subfield within the social sciences or humanities
    by presenting their work orally, visually, and in writing, both in English and in Russian;
  • complete a capstone project. For honors, students will present in a public forum, and defend before a committee of faculty members, a substantial 2-semester thesis.

Prerequisite

RUS 201 or the equivalent

Russian Language and Literature Course Requirements

The major requires 12 courses, including:

Six Russian Courses

The courses must be above the 201 level, taught in Russian, and include at least two at Davidson.

One methods course
  • ENG 391 (before senior year)
  • GSS 201 Theories in Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • LIT 3XX (any 300-level LIT course)
  • SOC 372 Feminist Theories
  • With approval, students may substitute a methods course in ARB, CLA, CHI, FRE, GER, SPA or THE
Three Literature courses

Select at least three courses in literature, literary criticism, literary theory or literary translation

  • LIT 432 Theory and Practice of Literary Translation
  • RUS 200 level course (in English)
  • RUS 400 level course (in English)
Thesis (both courses required)
  • CIS 495 Thesis (fall)
  • CIS 496 Thesis (spring)

Russian Studies Course Requirements

The major requires 12 courses, including:

Six Russian Courses

The courses must be above the 201 level, taught in Russian, and include at least two at Davidson.

One Methods Course

Select at least one methods course from the department best suited to your intended thesis.

  • ANT 371 Ethnographic Writing and Research
  • ANT 372 Visualizing Anthropology
  • ANT 374 Methods in Forensic Anthropology
  • ANT 375 Human Osteology
  • ANT 377 Imaging the Earth
  • ECO 105 Statistics
  • GSS 101 Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • GSS 201 Theories in Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • HIS 2xx (any 200-level course in history; HIS 218 recommended)
  • POL 201 Methods and Statistics in Political Science (formerly 221)
  • REL 301 Perspectives in the Study of Religion
  • SOC 372 Feminist Theories
  • With approval, students may count a methods course from a department not listed above if they can demonstrate a key connection to the capstone project.
Three courses in culture, history or literature
  • HIS 125 History of Modern Russia since 1855
  • RUS 200 level course (in English)
  • RUS 400 level course (in English)
  • With approval, students may count toward this requirement one course from a department not listed above, if they can demonstrate a key connection to the capstone project.
Thesis (both courses required)
  • CIS 495 Thesis (fall)
  • CIS 496 Thesis (spring)