Program of Study (CAS Bulletin)

 
Major
The major comprises nine 4-point courses (36 points). Students declaring the major must have proficiency in Russian or Czech equal to or above the Intermediate II level. Students with proficiency in Czech equal to or above Intermediate II level must also have proficiency in Russian equal to or above the Elementary II level. Students who are not Russian heritage speakers must take at least one Advanced Russian or Advanced Czech course.

At least five courses (20 points) out of the required nine courses (36 points) must be earned by taking courses offered by the department on culture, literature, or language above the level of Intermediate Russian or Czech II or Russian Grammar and Composition II. The remaining four courses (16 points) for the major may be satisfied (with departmental permission) by taking courses pertaining to Russian and Slavic studies in other departments/programs.

No course toward the major may be double-counted toward a major in any other department. The Morse Academic Plan (MAP) Cultures and Context course on Russia (when offered) can count toward the Russian and Slavic studies major with permission from the Department’s Director of Undergraduate Studies. Majors can take up to two graduate courses offered by the department with permission from both the departmental Director of Undergraduate Studies and the course instructor.

Russian majors can register for independent study and/or internships. (See the requirements under “Independent Study” and “Internships” later in this section.) All Russian majors are strongly encouraged to spend a semester or summer in Russia. Students with an overall GPA of 3.65 or above and a departmental GPA of 3.65 or above are urged to participate in the departmental honors program. (See “Honors Program” later in this section.)

Minor
The minor comprises four 4-point courses (16 points). Students declaring the minor must have proficiency in Russian or Czech above the Elementary II level. (Russian Grammar and Composition I and II and Intermediate Russian I and II do not count toward the minor.) At least 8 points out of the required 16 must be earned by taking courses offered by the Department of Russian and Slavic Studies on culture, literature, or language above the level of Intermediate Russian II or Russian Grammar and Composition II. Up to two courses on topics pertaining to Russian and Slavic studies can be taken in other departments/programs, with departmental permission. The Morse Academic Plan (MAP) Cultures and Context course on Russia (when offered) can count toward the Russian and Slavic studies minor with permission from the Department’s Director of Undergraduate Studies. Independent study is not open to minors.

Major and Minor for Transfer Students
Major
To obtain a major in Russian and Slavic studies from NYU, a transfer student must take at least five courses (20 points) in language, literature, or culture in the NYU Department of Russian and Slavic Studies. After consultation with the Department, transfer credits in these areas may be used to satisfy some or all of the remaining four courses (16 points) needed to complete this nine-course (36-point) major. (See the “Major” subheading earlier in this section.)
Minor
To obtain a minor in Russian and Slavic studies from NYU, a transfer student must take at least two courses (8 points) in language, literature, or culture in the NYU Department of Russian and Slavic Studies. After consultation with the Department, transfer credits in these areas may be used to satisfy some or all of the remaining two courses (8 points) needed to complete this four-course (16-point) minor. (See the “Minor” subheading earlier in this section.)
Registration
After transfer credits have been approved by the Office of Admissions, students should bring their transcripts to Senior Language Lecturer Irina Belodedova, the Department’s Director of Undergraduate Studies, to arrange a program of study.

Combined B.A./M.A. Program
The Department of Russian and Slavic Studies offers a five-year track leading to both a B.A. and an M.A. For more information, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies.

Undergraduate Registration For Graduate Courses
Only undergraduates who are Russian and Slavic studies majors will be admitted to graduate courses in the department. A maximum of two graduate courses (8 points)—not taken in the same semester—may be counted toward the major.

Morse Academic Plan (MAP)
Courses in MAP taught by faculty in the Department of Russian and Slavic Studies may be accepted, under certain conditions, toward the undergraduate major or minor. Consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Independent Study
Credit for Independent Study (RUSSN-UA 997, 998) is available for Russian and Slavic studies majors only, up to a maximum of 8 points. Consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Internships
Credit for Internships (RUSSN-UA 980) is available for undergraduate majors only, up to a maximum of 4 points. Consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Honors Program
Students wishing to pursue honors in the major must maintain at least a 3.65 average in all Russian courses and a 3.65 average overall. Applications for admission to the program should be made to the chair of the department prior to the second semester of the junior year. An honors student must either write a 5,000-word thesis or take four additional courses (16 points) related to the major and selected in consultation with the adviser. A departmental honors committee determines, based on the student’s academic work, whether or not to recommend him or her for an honors degree.