Only Russian majors are allowed to register for Independent Studies in the department. Majors who wish to register for the course must submit a one-page proposal outlining the topic they wish to cover. Only those topics not covered in courses offered by the department can qualify for Independent Studies. If the Director of Undergraduate Studies approves the proposal, students will be directed to an appropriate faculty member to supervise the course of study.
The prerequisite for declaring the minor in Russian and Slavic studies is proficiency in Russian or Czech above the Elementary II level. The minor comprises four 4-point courses (16 points) completed with a C or better; Russian Grammar and Composition I and II, and Elementary and Intermediate Russian I and II, do not count toward the minor.
At least 8 points out of the required 16 must be earned by taking courses offered by the Department of Russian and Slavic Studies on culture, literature, or language above the level of Intermediate Russian II or Russian Grammar and Composition II. Up to two courses on topics pertaining to Russian and Slavic studies can be taken in other departments and programs, with departmental permission.
The College Core Curriculum’s Cultures and Contexts course on Russia (when offered) can count toward the Russian and Slavic studies minor with permission from the director of undergraduate studies. Independent study is not open to minors.
The completed minor cannot exempt students from the Core’s Expressive Culture requirement if it contains one or more language courses; it must be composed entirely of content-based courses to satisfy this Core requirement.