Russian Area Studies Major
Intended Learning Outcomes
Students will demonstrate:
- understanding and appreciation of another culture, its traditions and values as well as the ability to see their own culture through the eyes of people of the target culture.
- knowledge of the basics of the Russian language. This will be attained by the course sequence up through fourth semester Russian 232. Completion of this sequence will provide the students with a basic understanding of the language and give them a critical tool for the further exploration of Russian culture and society.
- knowledge of one major subject within Russian Studies. Students will be able to demonstrate a command of one major sub-field within Russian Studies (language, literature, theater, film, history, political science) and at least one minor area from the same list. This ensures that students will not have only a superficial knowledge of the broad range of Russian Area Studies, but will have a deeper understanding of one area.
- understanding of interdisciplinarity. Flowing from the first two outcomes, students will consciously approach their studies as exercises within an interdisciplinary field. As such, they will learn to see the interconnectedness between the various disciplines within Russian Area Studies.
- the ability to synthesize material learned in their various classes. Progressing out of the other three outcomes, students will demonstrate an ability to synthesize material from a variety of disciplines. All students are required to complete a senior paper/project in which they are expected to draw upon various disciplines and synthesize the material into a project that demonstrates broad and specific understanding of the particularities of Russian Area Studies.