The department offers three majors: (1) Central and East European Languages and Cultures, (2) Russian Language and Literature, and (3) Russian Studies. The equivalent of a major in Central and East European Languages and Cultures or Russian Language and Literature is normally required for admission to the department graduate program and is used to determine the number of courses in Russian literature and/or linguistics that students majoring in Russian Studies are expected to make up in order to receive graduate degrees in the department. Students not majoring in Central and East European Languages and Cultures or Russian Language and Literature who intend to pursue graduate study in the department are strongly encouraged to take courses in Russian literature and linguistics during their undergraduate years to reduce the number of makeup courses required. Qualified seniors may also take graduate courses numbered below 220 with consent of the instructor and the graduate and undergraduate advisers.
The three majors offered in the department are designated capstone majors. Students majoring in Central and East European Languages and Cultures, Russian Language and Literature, and Russian Studies must complete a capstone seminar and present their final paper in the department annual Undergraduate Research Conference. Students draw on their previously acquired subject matter knowledge and skills to plan a research project and write a substantial academic paper. They also gain experience engaging in scholarly discourse, preparing appropriate media for public presentation, and submitting their work to an academic journal.
The honors program is designed for exceptional departmental majors who wish to complete a research project that culminates in an honors thesis.
The honors program is open to departmental majors with a 3.5 grade-point average in upper-division courses in the major and a 3.0 overall GPA. Students should apply for admission by spring quarter of their junior year. For application forms and further information, contact the departmental undergraduate adviser.
The honors program is a three-term sequence (Slavic 198A, 191H, 198B), taken in addition to requirements for the major, that culminates in the submission of a thesis. In most circumstances the courses are taken in the senior year (fall, winter, and spring quarters).
To qualify for graduation with departmental honors, students must (1) complete all requirements for the major, (2) have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or better in upper-division courses required for the major and an overall GPA of 3.0 or better, and (3) complete Slavic 198A, 191H, and 198B.
To qualify for graduation with departmental highest honors, students must (1) complete all requirements for the major, (2) have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.8 or better in upper-division courses required for the major and an overall GPA of 3.5 or better, and (3) complete Slavic 198A, 191H, and 198B with a grade of A in each course.
Honors and highest honors are recorded on the final transcript and diploma after students successfully complete the program.