Russian

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Foreign Languages and Literatures

Students who major in Russian graduate with a solid working knowledge of the language and a thorough understanding of Russian culture and everyday life.

About this Program

To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college, and major requirements.

Department Information

Home to 15 different language programs, the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (LLC) offers training in languages and cultures from all corners of the globe. From Swahili to Italian, Russian to Vietnamese, LLC gives students the opportunity to become cross-cultural experts in an ever-more internationalized world.
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 Curriculum

Related Programs 

The B.A. in Foreign Languages and Literatures (FLL) provides students with a comprehensive knowledge of a specific language (or languages) and advanced familiarity with the cultural practices and traditions associated with the language(s) of specialization. The major in FLL enhances critical thinking and communication skills, and provides students with a cross-cultural understanding of our contemporary world.  The program allows students the flexibility to explore a single or dual language specialization as well as the opportunity to study culture through interdisciplinary fields of critical concentration, such as Comparative Cultural Studies, Film and Visual Culture, Intensive Area Studies, Literary Studies, and Medieval and Early Modern Studies. A major in FLL offers an excellent basis for a variety of careers, including graduate study in an area of foreign language and culture and/or in the humanities and social sciences, as well as careers in education, international development, diplomacy and government, national security, communications, law, journalism, arts and culture, publishing, and global business. Participation in UF study-abroad programs or a UF approved program is highly encouraged.

Foreign Languages and Literatures Options

Students can tailor their program of study to fit their personal and career goals, be it reading Tolstoy in the original or tapping into one of the hottest emerging global markets. Majors also receive priority placement in our popular study-abroad programs in Moscow.

Completed alone or in combination with a second major, the Russian specialization of the Foreign Languages and Literatures major prepares students for a variety of careers, including law, government, national security, international relations, business, education and graduate programs in the humanities and social sciences. Beyond this, it equips students with analytical skills essential for performing effectively in today's multicultural world.

Small class sizes and an outstanding professional teaching staff ensure that students have every opportunity to learn and excel.

Students who intend to pursue the Russian specialization or a Russian minor should consult the undergraduate coordinator for Russian studies as soon as possible.

Coursework for the Major

The Russian specialization in Foreign Languages and Literatures consists of preparatory language study at the beginning and Intermediate levels and 33 hours of advanced language, literature, and culture study in the upper division, at least 30 of which must be at the 3000/4000 level. Majors may take one 3 credit course at a lower level in Russian Literature and Culture in English with the approval of the undergraduate coordinator.

All coursework for the major must be completed with minimum grades of C.

Required Foundation Coursework | 18 Credits

RUS 1130Introduction to Russian Language and Culture 15
RUS 1131Introduction to Russian Language and Culture 25
RUS 2220Intermediate Russian 14
RUS 3400Intermediate Russian 24
Total Credits18

Required Core Coursework | 33 Credits

Advanced Language
RUS 4501Russian Studies Research Seminar3
RUS 4000Advanced Russian 13
RUS 4001Advanced Russian 23
Advanced Elective Coursework
Language, Literature, Culture in Russian
Select 6 credits with at least 3 credits at the 4000 level:6
Oral Practice in Russian
Advanced Grammar and Composition
Advanced Oral Practice
Language and Culture of the Russian Business World
Theory and Practice of Russian-English Translation 1
Theory and Practice of Russian-English Translation 2
Structure of the Russian Language
Corrective Phonetics and Intonation
Individual Work in Russian
Undergraduate Research in Russian Language
Special Topics in Russian
Overseas Studies
Reading Russian Literature
Russian Drama and Poetry
Russian Media Culture
Russian Short Prose
Reading Eugene Onegin: Pushkin and Nabokov
Undergraduate Research in Russian Studies, Target Language
Selected Readings in Russian
Russian Literature and Culture in English
Select 9 credits minimum:9
Russian Masterpieces
Tolstoy and Dostoevsky
Themes from Russian Literature
War and Peace
Russian Literature of the Twentieth Century
Russian Cultural Heritage
Contemporary Russian Culture and Society
Violence and Terror in the Russian Experience
Russia Today
Creative Lives: Writers, Artists, and Extraordinary People
Russian Fairy Tales
Russia through Film
Russia's Struggle with Nature: Legacies of Destruction and Preservation
The Twentieth Century through Slavic Eyes
Variable Topics in Russian Studies
Pushkin and Gogol
Russian Modernism
Undergraduate Research in Russian Studies, English Translation
Variable Topics in Russian Studies
Critical Concentration
Select 9 credits from one concentration: 19
Intensive Area Studies: Russian 2
Comparative Cultural Studies
Film and Visual Culture
Literary Studies
Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Total Credits33

Overseas Study

Students are encouraged to consider the UF summer program in Russian language and culture at Moscow State University in Russia.

Research

Students with an upper-division GPA of 3.5 are encouraged to write a thesis for high or highest honors at graduation.


Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for entry to each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

For degree requirements outside of the major, refer to CLAS Degree Requirements: Structure of a CLAS Degree.

Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

Semester 1

  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 2

  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Summer A – Moscow Summer Program (8 credit hours in advanced electives) highly recommended any time after completing two semesters of Russian (RUS 1130/RUS 1131)

Semester 3

  • Complete RUS 1130 or higher-level language course with a minimum grade of C
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 4

  • Complete RUS 1131 or higher-level language course with 2.5 critical-tracking GPA
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 5

  • Complete RUS 2220 or higher-level language course with 2.5 critical-tracking GPA
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 6

  • Complete RUS 3400 or higher-level language course
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 7

Semester 8

Students are expected to complete the writing requirement while in the process of taking the courses below. Students are also expected to complete the general education international (GE-N) and diversity (GE-D) requirements concurrently with another general education requirement (typically GE-C, H, or S). One of the two general education mathematics courses must be a pure math course. 3000 level or above critical concentration courses outside of Russian may count toward the 3000 level or above electives outside of the major.

Beginning language is best started semester 1 and absolutely no later than semester 3, but study abroad or accredited intensive summer courses can be used to fall in with an ideal semester progression.

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. These courses must be completed by the terms as listed above in the Critical Tracking criteria.

This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
RUS 1130 Introduction to Russian Language and Culture 1 (Critical Tracking) 5
State Core Gen Ed Biological or Physical Sciences 3
State Core Gen Ed Composition; Writing Requirement 3
State Core Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
 Credits14
Semester Two
Quest 1 (Gen Ed Humanities) 3
RUS 1131 Introduction to Russian Language and Culture 2 (Critical Tracking) 5
State Core Gen Ed Mathematics 3
Gen Ed Physical Sciences 3
Science laboratory (Gen Ed Physical or Biological Sciences) 1
 Credits15
Semester Three
RUS 2220 Intermediate Russian 1 (Critical Tracking) 4
Russian literature and culture in English course (1000 level or above; Critical Tracking) 3
Gen Ed Mathematics 3
Gen Ed Biological or Physical Sciences (area not taken in semester 1) 1 3
Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 1 3
 Credits16
Semester Four
RUS 3400 Intermediate Russian 2 (Critical Tracking) 4
Russian literature and culture in English course (3000 level or above; Gen Ed Humanities and International, if not previously met) 3
State Core Gen Ed Humanities 3
Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Elective 2
 Credits15
Semester Five
RUS 4000 Advanced Russian 1 (Critical Tracking) 3
Language, literature, culture in Russian course (3000 level or above) 3
Gen Ed Biological Sciences 3
Gen Ed Composition; Writing Requirement 3
Elective (3000 level or above, not in major) 3
 Credits15
Semester Six
RUS 4001 Advanced Russian 2 (Critical Tracking) 3
Critical concentration course 3
Russian literature and culture in English course (3000 level or above) 3
Electives (3000 level or above, not in major) 6
 Credits15
Semester Seven
RUS 4501 Russian Studies Research Seminar (Critical Tracking) 3
Critical concentration course 3
Electives (3000 level or above, not in major) 6
Elective 3
 Credits15
Semester Eight
Language, literature, culture in Russian course (4000 level or above) 3
Critical concentration course 3
Select one: 3
Elective
 
Individual Work in Russian (optional)  
Electives (3000 level or above, not in major) 6
 Credits15
 Total Credits120

9 Credits from One Concentration

Although courses may appear in more than one group they may be counted toward only one group

Intensive Area Studies: Russian
Recommended for those planning to pursue careers requiring advanced level skills in Russian or graduate work in Russian Studies
RUS 3240Oral Practice in Russian3
RUS 4300Advanced Grammar and Composition3
RUS 4411Advanced Oral Practice3
RUS 4501Russian Studies Research Seminar3
RUS 4502Language and Culture of the Russian Business World3
RUS 4503Theory and Practice of Russian-English Translation 13
RUS 4504Theory and Practice of Russian-English Translation 23
RUS 4700Structure of the Russian Language3
RUS 4780Corrective Phonetics and Intonation3
RUS 4905Individual Work in Russian1-3
RUS 4911Undergraduate Research in Russian Language0-3
RUS 4956Overseas Studies1-15
RUW 3101Reading Russian Literature3
RUW 4301Russian Drama and Poetry3-6
RUW 4341Russian Media Culture3
RUW 4370Russian Short Prose3
RUW 4630Reading Eugene Onegin: Pushkin and Nabokov3
RUW 4911Undergraduate Research in Russian Studies, Target Language3
RUW 4932Selected Readings in Russian1-3
Comparative Cultural Studies
ABT 3500Arabic Culture3
ABT 4131The Qur'an as Literature3
ARA 3510The Arab Woman3
CHI 3403Chinese Calligraphy3
CHT 3500Chinese Culture3
CHT 3513Taoism and Chinese Culture3
CZT 3564Modern Czech Culture and Society3
FRT 3004Monuments and Masterpieces of France3
FRT 3561Women in French Literature and/or Cinema3-4
GET 3003German Culture and Civilization 13
GET 3004Modern German Culture and Civilization3
GET 3930Variable Topics in German Studies (German Fairy Tales)3
HAI 3930Haitian Culture and Society3
HAT 3564Haitian Culture and Society3
ITT 3431Italy and Pilgrimages3
ITT 3443Dante's Inferno (English)3
ITT 3540Murder Italian Style: Crime Fiction and Film in Italy3
ITT 3541Gangsters and Godfathers: Italian Mafia Movies3
ITT 3700The Demolition of Man: Italian Perspectives on the Jewish Holocaust3
ITT 3930Special Topics in Italian Literature and Culture3
JMT 3500Jamaican Creole, Reggae, and Rastafari3
JPT 3500Japanese Culture3
JPT 3521Monsters and Horror in Japan3
JPT 3702Japanese Visual Culture3
JPT 4502Japanese Folklore3
RUT 3443War and Peace3
RUT 3500Russian Cultural Heritage3
RUT 3501Contemporary Russian Culture and Society3
RUT 3503Violence and Terror in the Russian Experience3
RUT 3504Russia Today3
RUT 3506Creative Lives: Writers, Artists, and Extraordinary People3
RUT 3514Russian Fairy Tales3
RUT 3524Russia through Film3
RUT 3530Russia's Struggle with Nature: Legacies of Destruction and Preservation3
RUT 3600The Twentieth Century through Slavic Eyes3
RUT 4450Russian Modernism3
VTT 3500Vietnamese Culture3
YOT 3500Yoruba Diaspora in the New World3
Film and Visual Culture
CHI 4930Special Topics in Chinese Studies3
CHT 3391Chinese Film and Media4
CHT 3523Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the New Global Cinema4
FRT 3520French Cinema4
FRT 3561Women in French Literature and/or Cinema3-4
FRT 4523European Identities, European Cinemas4
GET 3520Early German Cinema to 19454
GET 3580Representations of War in Literature and Visual Media3
GET 4521Women and German Cinema4
GET 4523New Cinema 1945 to the Present4
GET 4930Variable Topics in German Studies3
HBR 4930Special Topics3
ITT 3521Italian Cinema4
ITT 3540Murder Italian Style: Crime Fiction and Film in Italy3
ITT 3541Gangsters and Godfathers: Italian Mafia Movies3
ITT 3930Special Topics in Italian Literature and Culture3
JPN 4930Special Topics in Japanese Studies3
JPT 3702Japanese Visual Culture3
JPT 3391Introduction to Japanese Film4
RUT 3524Russia through Film3
SSA 4930Special Topics in African Studies (African Film)3
Literary Studies
ABT 3130Arabic Literary Heritage 13
ABT 4131The Qur'an as Literature3
CHI 4930Special Topics in Chinese Studies3
CHT 3110Chinese Literary Heritage3
CHT 3123Pre-Modern Chinese Fiction in Translation3
CHT 3124Modern Chinese Fiction in Translation3
CHT 4111Dream of the Red Chamber3
CHT 4122Religious Dimensions of Late Imperial Chinese Literature 3
CHT 4603Journey to the West3
FRT 3004Monuments and Masterpieces of France3
FRT 3561Women in French Literature and/or Cinema3-4
GET 3200Medieval Literary Culture3
GET 3501History, Literature and Arts of Berlin3
GET 3580Representations of War in Literature and Visual Media3
GET 4930Variable Topics in German Studies3
HAT 3503Haitian Culture and Literature in Translation3
HBR 4930Special Topics3
HBT 3223Identity and Dissent in the Hebrew Short Story3
HBT 3233Israeli History and the Contemporary Novel3
HBT 3563Women in Modern Hebrew Fiction3
HBT 3564Motherhood in Modern Hebrew Literature3
ITT 3431Italy and Pilgrimages3
ITT 3443Dante's Inferno (English)3
ITT 3540Murder Italian Style: Crime Fiction and Film in Italy3
ITT 3700The Demolition of Man: Italian Perspectives on the Jewish Holocaust3
ITT 3930Special Topics in Italian Literature and Culture3
JPT 3100Tales of Kyoto3
JPT 3120Modern Japanese Fiction in Translation3
JPT 3121Contemporary Japanese Literature: Postwar to Postmodern3
JPT 3140Modern Women Writers3
JPT 3150Classical Japanese Poetry3
JPT 3300Samurai War Tales3
JPT 3330Early Modern Japanese Literature3
JPT 3521Monsters and Horror in Japan3
JPT 4130The Tale of Genji3
JPT 4502Japanese Folklore3
PLT 3930Special Topics in Polish Studies3
RUT 3101Russian Masterpieces3
RUT 3441Tolstoy and Dostoevsky3
RUT 3442Themes from Russian Literature3
RUT 3443War and Peace3
RUT 3452Russian Literature of the Twentieth Century3
RUT 3503Violence and Terror in the Russian Experience3
RUT 3506Creative Lives: Writers, Artists, and Extraordinary People3
RUT 3514Russian Fairy Tales3
RUT 3530Russia's Struggle with Nature: Legacies of Destruction and Preservation3
RUT 3600The Twentieth Century through Slavic Eyes3
RUT 3930Variable Topics in Russian Studies3
RUT 4440Pushkin and Gogol3
RUT 4450Russian Modernism3
SST 4502African Oral Literature3
SSW 4713African Women Writers3
VTN 4930Special Topics in Vietnamese Studies3
YOR 4502Yoruba Oral Literature3
Medieval and Early Modern Studies
ARA 3510The Arab Woman3
CHT 3123Pre-Modern Chinese Fiction in Translation3
CHT 3513Taoism and Chinese Culture3
CHT 4111Dream of the Red Chamber3
CHT 4603Journey to the West3
GET 3200Medieval Literary Culture3
ITT 3431Italy and Pilgrimages3
JPT 3300Samurai War Tales3
JPT 3330Early Modern Japanese Literature3
MEM 3003Introduction to the Medieval World3
MEM 3300Castles and Cloisters: An Introduction to Medieval Communities3
MEM 3301Palaces and Cities: An Introduction to Early Modern Communities3
MEM 3730Studies in the Holy Roman Empire3
MEM 3931Variable Topics in Medieval and Early Modern Studies3

The Foreign Languages and Literatures (FLL) major enables students to achieve communicative competence in their language(s) of specialization. Students will become knowledgeable in the culture and literature and/or linguistics associated with their language area(s) such that they will be able to critically analyze and evaluate authentic sources in the target language(s) and formulate independent, critical perspectives in the target language(s). Further, students will learn the intercultural skills and practical know-how necessary to negotiate traveling, studying, and living in the target culture(s).

Before Graduating Students Must

  • Satisfy the Florida statutes for the College-Level Academic Skills Requirement.
  • Complete requirements for the baccalaureate degree, as determined by faculty.
  • Achieve one or more of the following, as determined by their specialization within the FLL program: an acceptable score on a language proficiency test and/or a satisfactory faculty evaluation of a term paper, final project, or oral presentation completed for a selected advanced course.

Students in the Major Will Learn to

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Content

  1. Describe and define cultural concepts, literary production, and/or linguistic structure in language(s) of specialization.

Critical Thinking

  1. Analyze, interpret, and evaluate texts according to their cultural, literary and/or linguistic content.

Communication

  1. Express critical competence in relation to the culture(s) of specialization through performance of comprehensive analysis in written and oral form.
  2. Display oral and written proficiency in language(s) of specialization.

Curriculum Map

I = Introduced; R = Reinforced; A = Assessed

Courses SLO 1 SLO 2 SLO 3 SLO 4
Category A1 I, R I I I, R, A
Category B2 I, R, A I, R, A I, R, A

Assessment Types

  • Proficiency exams
  • Term papers or final projects
  • Oral presentations