100 Level Courses

RUSS 101: Elementary Russian I. 3 credits.
For students with no knowledge of Russian. Introduces elements of grammar, vocabulary, oral skills, listening comprehension, and reading. Lab work required. Notes: Students may not receive credit for RUSS 101 and RUSS 110. Offered by Modern & Classical Languages. May not be repeated for credit. Equivalent to RUSS 110.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
RUSS 102: Elementary Russian II. 3 credits.
Continuation of RUSS 101. Notes: Students may not receive credit for RUSS 102 and RUSS 110. Offered by Modern & Classical Languages. May not be repeated for credit. Equivalent to RUSS 110.
Recommended Prerequisite: RUSS 101 or permission of department.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
RUSS 110: Elementary Russian. 6 credits.
Introduces elements of grammar, vocabulary, oral skills, listening comprehension, and reading. Notes: Students may not receive credit for RUSS 110 and RUSS 101, 102. Offered by Modern & Classical Languages. May not be repeated for credit. Equivalent to RUSS 101, RUSS 102.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

200 Level Courses

RUSS 201: Intermediate Russian I. 3 credits.
Further development of skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Notes: RUSS 201 and 202 must be taken in sequence. Offered by Modern & Classical Languages. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: RUSS 102, RUSS 110, appropriate placement score, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
Additional Course Details: Taught in Russian
RUSS 202: Intermediate Russian II. 3 credits.
Application of language skills to reading, composition, and discussion. Offered by Modern & Classical Languages. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: RUSS 201, appropriate placement score, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
Additional Course Details: Fulfills foreign language requirement., Taught in Russian

300 Level Courses

RUSS 302: Russian Conversation and Composition. 3 credits.
Develops in students ability to express themselves orally on topics of current interest and everyday situations. Provides practice in more difficult forms of written expression. Offered by Modern & Classical Languages. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Writing Intensive in the Major
Recommended Prerequisite: RUSS 202, appropriate placement score, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
Additional Course Details: Taught in Russian
RUSS 303: Russian Advanced Conversation. 3 credits.
Development of oral proficiency. Includes current colloquial expressions. Offered by Modern & Classical Languages. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: RUSS 202, appropriate placement score, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
Additional Course Details: Taught in Russian
RUSS 310: Readings in Russian Literature. 3 credits.
Readings of Russian literary works in original language with lectures, discussions, and exam in Russian. Offered by Modern & Classical Languages. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: RUSS 202, appropriate placement score, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
Additional Course Details: Taught in Russian
RUSS 311: Contemporary Russian Short Fiction. 3 credits.
Reading and discussion of recent short stories by best-known Russian writers of today. Notes: Readings in original language. Offered by Modern & Classical Languages. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: RUSS 202, appropriate placement score, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
Additional Course Details: Taught in Russian
RUSS 325: Major Russian Writers. 3 credits.
Study of works of major Russian writers in translation. Writers to be studied vary. Notes: May be repeated once for credit when course content is different. Offered by Modern & Classical Languages. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 9 credits.
Mason Core: Literature
Specialized Designation: Writing Intensive in the Major
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGL 101/ENGH 101 or equivalent or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
Additional Course Details: Taught in English
RUSS 326: A Survey of Russian Literature. 3 credits.
Surveys Russian literature from its beginning to 1880. Offered by Modern & Classical Languages. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Literature
Recommended Prerequisite: Completion of 60 hours or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
Additional Course Details: Taught in English
RUSS 327: A Survey of Russian Literature. 3 credits.
Surveys Russian literature of late 19th and 20th centuries. Offered by Modern & Classical Languages. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Literature
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
Additional Course Details: Taught in English
RUSS 353: Russian Civilization. 3 credits.
Civilization and culture of Russia and former Soviet Union. Includes films, slides, and music in addition to readings and lectures. Offered by Modern & Classical Languages. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Synthesis
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Recommended Prerequisite: 60 credits and completion or concurrent enrollment in all other required Mason Core courses.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
Additional Course Details: Taught in English
RUSS 354: Contemporary Post-Soviet Life. 3 credits.
Social life, art, economics, education, view of life, and personal aspirations of Russian citizen today. Offered by Modern & Classical Languages. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Recommended Prerequisite: 54 hours or Permission of Instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
Additional Course Details: Taught in English
RUSS 380: Advanced Russian I. 3 credits.
Comprehensive study of the more difficult characteristics of contemporary standard Russian in areas of grammar, style, and vocabulary usage. Emphasizes developing fluency in oral and written expression. Offered by Modern & Classical Languages. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: RUSS 202 or equivalent, appropriate placement score, or permission of instructor
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
Additional Course Details: Taught in Russian
RUSS 381: Advanced Russian II. 3 credits.
Comprehensive study of the more difficult characteristics of contemporary standard Russian in areas of grammar, style, and vocabulary usage. Emphasizes developing fluency in oral and written expression. Offered by Modern & Classical Languages. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: RUSS 202 or equivalent, appropriate placement score, or permission of instructor
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
Additional Course Details: Taught in Russian

400 Level Courses

RUSS 401: Readings in the Social Sciences. 3 credits.
Reading, translation, and discussion of Russian materials in fields of history, politics, geography, and sociology. Offered by Modern & Classical Languages. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
Additional Course Details: Taught in Russian
RUSS 407: Russian Drama and Theater. 3 credits.
Development of Russian theater including directing techniques in Moscow Art Theater. Reading and discussion of major Russian plays of 19th and 20th centuries. Notes: Course work in English; knowledge of Russian not required. Offered by Modern & Classical Languages. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: 60 hours or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
Additional Course Details: Taught in English
RUSS 410: Russian Poetry. 3 credits.
Historical development of Russian poetry and representative works of major poets. Notes: Reading in Russian; course work in English and Russian. Offered by Modern & Classical Languages. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
RUSS 470: Topics in (Post) Soviet Film. 3 credits.
Russian, Soviet, and post-Soviet films selected by type, period, or director with emphasis varying from year to year. Required viewings, student discussion, and written critiques. Notes: May be repeated once with permission of department or film studies adviser. Offered by Modern & Classical Languages. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 9 credits.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
Additional Course Details: Taught in English, Title varies by section and/or semester
RUSS 480: Fourth-Year Russian. 3 credits.
Advanced work in major grammatical and lexical topics of Russian. Application of theoretical principles in guided written and oral exercises. Offered by Modern & Classical Languages. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: RUSS 380 and 381 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
RUSS 481: Fourth-Year Russian. 3 credits.
Advanced work in major grammatical and lexical topics of Russian. Application of theoretical principles in guided written and oral exercises. Offered by Modern & Classical Languages. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: RUSS 380, 381, or equivalent.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
RUSS 490: Independent Study. 1-3 credits.
Research and analysis of selected problem in language, literature, or culture in consultation with member of Russian studies faculty. Offered by Modern & Classical Languages. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Russian studies major with 84 hours and Permission of Instructor.
Schedule Type: Independent Study
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
RUSS 491: Independent Study. 1-3 credits.
Research and analysis of selected problem in language, literature, or culture in consultation with member of Russian studies faculty. Offered by Modern & Classical Languages. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Independent Study
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.