Russian (RUSS)College of Arts and Humanities
3215 Jiménez Hall, 301-405-4025
Associate Professors: M. Lekic, C. Martin, E. Papazian
Assistant Professors: M. Landa
Lecturers: Z. Gerus-Vernola (Maya Brin Distinguished Lecturer), E. Lozinsky
Affiliate Associate Professors: K. Gor
The undergraduate major in Russian Language and Literature consists of 40 credits beyond the prerequisite of Elementary Russian (Russian 101-102 or equivalent). Many students pursue a double major or double degree in Russian and another discipline, such as international relations, business, history, economics, journalism, engineering, etc. Russian students have the opportunity to live in St. Mary's Language House, and the majority of majors participate in study abroad. Native or heritage speakers wishing to enroll in Russian courses or major in Russian should consult the undergraduate advisor. Students interested in enrolling in a course that appears closed or that has a waitlist are strongly encouraged to contact the faculty member or undergraduate advisor for Russian for permission to enroll.
Placement in Courses
Requirements for the Major
Students must take language-acquisition courses sequentially. Once credit has been received in a higher level language acquisition or grammar course, a lower level course may not be taken for credit.
*Must be taught in Russian
Notes: One supporting course outside the department (at the 300-level or above) may be counted toward the major with an advisor's prior approval.
Students must earn a grade of "C-" or higher in each course applied toward a major or minor in the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Additionally, an overall GPA of 2.0 in a major or minor is required for graduation.
Requirements for the Minor
School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
A minimum of fifteen credits/five courses* is required, to be chosen from among the following:
Courses taught in Russian:
Courses in English:
Courses in SLAVIC may also be counted toward the Russian Studies Minor: SLAV469, 475, 479
Prerequisites for the minor: RUSS102 (Elementary Russian) or the equivalent as determined by the department
*Note that in most cases, five courses of 3-credits each will fulfill the 15-credit requirement. However, RUSS 201 and 202 are 5 credit courses. If a student chooses to count these two courses as part of the minor, they are still required to complete three additional courses (for a total of five courses).
Oversight of the minor program will be through the normal academic processes of the Russian program in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. The Undergraduate Advisor will be responsible for ensuring that students are properly advised and that records are appropriately kept.
To make an appointment or declare a minor, go to www.arhu.umd.edu/undergraduate/academics/minors
Undergraduate Research Experiences
The School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures has implemented an Annual SLLC Undergraduate Research Forum which allows its outstanding Juniors and/or Seniors to display their research projects. The Forum takes place in late April in the Language House (St. Mary's).
Annual Language Career and Internship Fair
Each fall semester, SLLC organizes a Language Career and Internship Fair in conjunction with the UMD Career Center. For more information see the SLLC website www.sllc.umd.edu/ .
Language Partner Program (LPP)
The Language Partner Program is a joint venture between the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, the Office of International Services, and Education Abroad. International students and SLLC majors are assigned in pairs to meet weekly on a one-on-one basis outside the classroom to work in an informal yet structured way on the listening, speaking, and cultural acquisition skills of SLLC majors. SLLC students in good academic standing (3.0 GPA) and at the intermediate to advanced level sign up for a 1cr SLLC309 - Language Partner Program.
Student Societies and Professional Organizations
Individual SLLC departments hold annual induction ceremonies for students who are eligible for honor society membership.
Scholarships and Financial Assistance
The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) administers all types of federal, state, and institutional financial assistance programs, and, in cooperation with other university offices, participates in the awarding of scholarships to deserving students. For information, visit: www.financialaid.umd.edu .
Awards and Recognition
The UG Committee organizes an annual awards ceremony to celebrate SLLC students who have earned SLLC, campus and/or national scholarships, and academic achievement awards. The awards ceremony takes place in conjunction with the annual SLLC UG Research Forum.