Majors and Minors

Major, Supplementary Major, and Minor

 

The Major in Russian

Majors in Russian must complete ten courses (thirty credit hours) at the 20000 level and above, including at least six courses taught by departmental faculty. Intermediate Russian I and II and Advanced Russian I and II are required courses. However, participants in an approved semester-long program in Russia are automatically exempted from the language course that is offered concurrently with their semester abroad. In addition, students are required to take four three-credit literature or culture courses offered by the department at the 30000 level or above, including at least one course each at the 30000 and 40000 levels. With the permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies, one course on a Russian subject taught in another department, such as Anthropology, History, Political Science, or Theology, may be counted toward the Russian major

The Supplementary Major in Russian

Supplementary majors in Russian must complete eight courses (twenty-four credit hours) at the 20000 level and above, including at least four courses taught by departmental faculty. Intermediate Russian I and II and Advanced Russian I and II are required courses. However, participants in an approved semester-long program in Russia are automatically exempted from the language course that is offered concurrently with their semester abroad. In addition, students are required to take two three-credit literature or culture courses offered by the department, one at the 30000 level and one at the 40000 level. With the permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies, one course on a Russian subject taught in another department, such as Anthropology, History, Political Science, or Theology, may be counted toward the Russian supplementary major

The Major in International Economics in Russian

Combining the study of economics with the knowledge of another country’s language and culture can be a powerful advantage in business. The Major in International Economics in Russian is designed to provide this edge by preparing students for the challenges of an ever more interconnected global economy. The requirements for the major include the following: RU 33000 “Exploring International Economics” (one credit, preferably taken in the sophomore year), which fosters an integrated approach to the study of culture and economics; seven courses (21 credits) from Russian departmental offerings at the 20000 level and above, including RU 20101: Intermediate Russian I, RU 20102: Intermediate Russian II, RU 40101: Advanced Russian I, RU 40102: Advanced Russian II, one literature/culture elective each at the 30000 and 40000 levels, and one additional three-credit literature or Russian history elective at the 30000 or 40000 level; and eight courses in economics. In addition, all international economics majors combine their study of economics and language, literature, and culture in a senior research project or senior thesis written under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Refer to the Department of Economics for the relevant course requirements in economics, which include satisfying a mathematics requirement of Calculus I and II and successful completion of ECON 10011/20011; ECON 10020/20020; ECON 30010; ECON 30020; ECON 30330; ECON 30331; and two of the following: ECON 40700, ECON 40800, ECON 40710 and ECON 40720.

Russian Requirements:

  • RU 20101: Intermediate Russian I
  • RU 20102: Intermediate Russian II
  • RU 40101: Advanced Russian I
  • RU 40102: Advanced Russian II
  • 1 three-credit literature/culture elective at the 30000 level
  • 1 three-credit literature/culture elective at the 40000 level
  • 1 three-credit additional literature, culture, or history elective at the 30000 or 40000 level

Economics Requirements:

  • Completion of the six core major requirements in ECON plus two of the following:

o   ECON 40700 International Economics

o   ECON 40710 International Trade

o   ECON 40720 International Money

o   ECON 40800 Development Economics

  • Exploring International Economics (preferably taken in sophomore year)
  • Senior Research Project
The Minor in Russian

The Russian minor consists of five courses (fifteen credits) at the 20000 level or above taught by departmental faculty. Course selection must include at least two language courses at the student’s appropriate level and three additional three-credit courses at either the 30000 or the 40000 level.

The Minor in Russian Studies

The Minor in Russian Studies allows students interested in Russian, East European, and Eurasian culture an opportunity to develop cultural competency in the region without a focus on language study. It consists of sixteen credits: a one-credit introductory course and five three-credit courses at the 30000 level or above, three of which will be taught by faculty in the Department of German and Russian. In order to expose students to diverse analytical approaches and a richer variety of cultural data, they are encouraged to take courses that engage with literature, history, and political science. Students may apply courses taken away from Notre Dame towards this minor with the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies.