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Slavic Languages

Requirements for the Major in Russian
Honors in the Major in Russian
Distinction in the Major in Russian
Requirements for the Major in Polish
Honors in the Major in Polish
Distinction in the Major in Polish
Russian Flagship Program
Courses

1432 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706; 608-262-3498; slavic@slavic.wisc.edu; slavic.lss.wisc.edu

Professors Bethea, Danaher, Dolinin, Filipowicz, Kornblatt, Longinovic; Associate Professors Evans-Romaine, Reynolds, Shevelenko; Senior Lecturers Lapina, Miernowska; Associate Faculty Associate Tumarkin

Department chair: Chair@slavic.wisc.edu
Undergraduate advisor: UGadvisor@slavic.wisc.edu
Russian placement advisor: Russian@slavic.wisc.edu
Polish placement advisor: Polish@slavic.wisc.edu
Honors advisor: Honors@slavic.wisc.edu
Faculty diversity liaison: Diversity@slavic.wisc.edu
Russian Flagship: info@russianflagship.wisc.edu

Elementary courses in Russian and Polish are designed to meet the needs of students who begin to study the language in college as well as those who began to study the language in high school. One unit (year) of high school coursework is roughly equivalent to one semester of college work; all incoming students, however, who want to continue their study of Russian or Polish are assigned to courses on the basis of placement tests. These tests may admit a student to a more advanced course, but give no credit toward graduation. Students should speak with their instructor regarding retroactive credits during the first week of class.

To declare a major in Russian or Polish, students should make an appointment with the undergraduate advisor (UGadvisor@slavic.wisc.edu); or call 608-262-3498.

The Slavic department is currently in the process of revising the Russian curriculum for undergraduates entering the program in 2014–15.  Please check with the department for details.

Students planning to go on to graduate work in Slavic languages and literature should note the requirement in the Ph.D. program in Slavic that a student acquire reading knowledge of French or German. For graduate programs, see the Graduate School Catalog.

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*

Both 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, and 704 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

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.

For credit toward fulfillment of the area studies requirement for this major track, in each of these courses, students majoring in Russian language and civilization must read original Russian sources for their course papers and cite these Russian sources in the original in their papers. To earn credit for the fulfillment of this requirement, students must also submit their papers to the Russian advisor. Students may take these courses for credit toward the area studies requirement of the Russian language and civilization major no earlier than the second semester of third-year Russian language (i.e., after completing Slavic 275). Courses fulfilling this requirement may also be taken in study abroad in the UW–Madison study abroad program in Russia (consult with the major advisor for more information).

Area studies courses fulfilling requirement 3 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, and 704 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 and 704 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 honors advisor (Honors@slavic.wisc.edu). 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.

Requirements for the Major in Polish

The Polish major requires:

9 credits in Polish language above Slavic 208: Slavic 277, 278, 331, 332;

Slavic 302: Polish literature in Polish;

6 credits in literature in translation: One of either Littrans 215 or Littrans 471 (both offered for 3 credits each); AND one of either Littrans 216 or Littrans 473;

Culture and area studies: 6 credits in Polish and East European culture and area studies from among the following courses: Slavic 245*, 254, 370, 444, Littrans 229, 241, 242, 247*, 265, History 425, and other courses related to Poland with the approval of the advisor, including courses taken abroad on Polish history, society, politics, economy, and so forth.

*Slavic 245 and Littrans 247 are topics courses and the topic must be approved by the advisor for the Polish major for credit toward the major.

All students must fulfill the L&S requirement of 15 credits of upper-level work in the major completed in residence. For the Polish major, Slavic 277–278, 307, 308, 331–332; and Littrans 471, 473 count toward this requirement.

Honors in the Major in Polish

Students seeking Honors in the Major in Polish must apply to the departmental honors advisor (Honors@slavic.wisc.edu). Honors in the Major candidates are required, in addition to meeting the general Polish major requirements, to take 9 credits in Polish language courses above Slavic 208 for honors credit, choosing from among Slavic 277, 278, 331, 332. This requirement is waived for students who take some of these courses while on study abroad in Poland. In addition, students seeking Honors in the Major in Polish must take Slavic 302 for honors credit and must write a senior honors thesis for 6 credits (Slavic 681/682). Student pursuing the Honors in the Major in Polish must earn an overall GPA of at least 3.3 in all courses taken at UW–Madison.

Distinction in the Major in Polish

With the permission of the department honors advisor (Honors@slavic.wisc.edu), students who are not in any of the honors programs may work toward Distinction in the Major in Polish. 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.

Russian Flagship Program

The Russian Flagship Program offers students of any major the opportunity to achieve a professional level of competence in Russian. Students apply to the program directly. Residential and study abroad requirements, course options, and scholarship information are posted at Russian Flagship Center. To apply to the Russian Flagship Program, students should make an appointment with a Russian Flagship advisor (UGadvisor@slavic.wisc.edu); or call 608-262-3498.