Courses

Why study Russian? Whether one's interests are in science, international studies, literature and culture, business, or simply language itself, the study of Russian provides both practical utility and the satisfaction of attaining skills that not many possess.

Russian Courses

An Overview

Dartmouth College has over a dozen professors whose teaching and research relates to Russia and the countries of Eastern Europe. Within the Russian Department you will find the professors who teach Russian language, as well as the courses on literature, linguistics and culture. Students can choose from among two types of Russian majors. The Russian Area Studies program is also supported by the courses taught in a range of other departments. Other faculty members involved in the Area Studies Program conduct research in related disciplines: Russian history, the politics of the Soviet Union, the geography of Russia and the former Soviet Republics, and the sociology of the peoples of Eastern Europe.

Russia, Eastern Europe, Eurasia: Culture and Civilization

  • RUSS 10: Introduction to Russian Civilization
  • RUSS 11: Special Topics in Russian Popular Culture
  • RUSS 12: Ethnicity and Nationalism in Russia and the Neighboring States
  • RUSS 13: Slavic Folklore: Vampires, Witches and Firebirds
  • RUSS 14: The Age of Brainwashing: A History of Russian and Eastern European Film (identical to Film & Media Studies 42)
  • RUSS 18: Russian Theater (identical to Theater 10)
  • RUSS 19: Understanding the Russians: The Role of Language and Culture in Communication
  • RUSS 21: Russian Civilization: Study Abroad

Elementary and Intermediate Language

  • RUSS 1, 2, 3: Introductory Russian
  • RUSS 22, 23: Russian Language: Study Abroad
  • RUSS 27, 28, 29: Intermediate Russian

Advanced Language

  • RUSS 41: Advanced conversation and composition
  • RUSS 42, 43: Advanced Russian through History, Press and Film
  • RUSS 45: Special Topics in Russian Language
  • RUSS 48: Structure of Modern Russian

Literature

  • RUSS 31: Transgressive Novels: Masterpieces of Russian Fiction
  • RUSS 32: Twentieth Century Russian Literature: Revolution, Terror, and Art 
  • RUSS 35: Dostoevsky and the Problem of Evil
  • RUSS 36: "The Seer of the Flesh":Tolstoy's Art and Thought
  • RUSS 38: Special Topics in Russian Literature
  • RUSS 71: Advanced Seminar in Russian Culture

Courses for the Non-major

  • RUSS 11: Special Topics in Russian Popular Culture
  • RUSS 13: Slavic Folklore: Vampires, Witches, and Firebirds
  • RUSS 14: The Age of Brainwashing: A History of Russian and Eastern European Film (identical to Film & Media Studies 42)
  • RUSS 19: Understanding the Russians: The Role of Language and Culture in Communication
  • RUSS 31: Transgressive Novels: Masterpieces of Russian Fiction
  • RUSS 32: Twentieth Century Russian Literature: Revolution, Terror, and Art
  • RUSS 35: Dostoevsky and the Problem of Evil
  • RUSS 36: "The Seer of the Flesh": Tolstoy's Art and Thought