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Courses - Fall 2019
RUSS
Russian Department Site
RUSS101
Intensive Elementary Russian I
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have appropriate Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) score.
Restriction: Must not be a native/fluent speaker of Russian.
Credit only granted for: RUSS101 or (RUSS111 and RUSS112).
This intensive first-year course is intended to develop the four skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking with an emphasis on communicative competence.
This course has been put on a timed release system. Seats will be opended gradually by the registrar's office, to a total of 15 seats per section. If the course is full, please put yourself on the waitlist and contact Dr. Cynthia Martin (cmartin@umd.edu) for permission to enroll.
RUSS201
Intermediate Russian I
Credits: 5
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO
Prerequisite: RUSS102 or RUSS114; or must have appropriate Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) score.
Restriction: Must not be a native/fluent speaker of Russian.
Continued activation and expansion of skills and knowledge acquired in an elementary Russian course with the goal of communicative competence.
If the course is full, please put yourself on the waitlist and contact Dr. Cynthia Martin (cmartin@umd.edu) for permission to enroll.
RUSS289I
The Power of the Word: Freedom of Speech in the U.S. and Russia
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO
GenEd: DSHU, SCIS
Why is free speech so essential in a democracy and such a threat to totalitarianism? Through a comparative approach to the US and Russian experiences, we will explore the role of language and its power to ask questions and challenge assumptions. The abiding human propensity to ask questions forms the foundation for all critical thinking, a skill students will be encouraged to develop throughout the course.
RUSS301
Advanced Russian I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: RUSS202; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Restriction: Must not be a native/fluent speaker of Russian.
Advanced training in written Russian communicative structures.
RUSS303
Russian Conversation: Functional Skills
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: RUSS202; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Intended for students who do not anticipate having the opportunity to study in Russia. Skills for daily life (both function and etiquette) and argumentation (rhetoric).
RUSS334
Soviet Film: Propaganda, Myth, Modernism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with FILM334.
Credit only granted for: RUSS334, FILM334, or RUSS298K.
Formerly: RUSS298K.
A Survey of Soviet film from the 1920s to 1991, focusing on important directors, genres, themes, and styles. Taught in English.
RUSS386
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Restriction: Junior standing or higher; and permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department.
Contact the department to obtain section numbers.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
RUSS401
Advanced Russian Composition
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: RUSS302; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Restriction: Not open to native speakers of Russian.
Approaches to argumentation, organization of information, contextualized grammar, appropriateness of lexical choice, genre, and register.
RUSS439C
Selected Topics in Russian Literature; Russian Fantasy and Science Fiction
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: RUSS202

An examination of the fantastic in Russian literature and film. Readings include short stories and selected novels that present imagined realities in dreams, utopian visions, and scientific projects aimed at improving society and human race. Taught in Russian.
RUSS499
(Perm Req)
Independent Study in Russian
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
RUSS798
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
RUSS799
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.