BA with a Major in Russian

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences degree from UIC, students must complete university, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of Slavic and Baltic Languages and Literatures degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

Summary of Requirements
Major Requirements37
General Education and Electives to reach minimum Total Hours83
Total Hours120

General Education

See General Education and Writing-in-the-Discipline in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for information on meeting these requirements.

Major Requirements

Courses
RUSS 104Intermediate Russian II a4
RUSS 201Russian Composition and Conversation I3
RUSS 202Russian Composition and Conversation II3
SLAV 224Introduction to Literary Analysis of Slavic Texts b3
RUSS 411Reading Russian Literature in the Original I3
RUSS 412Reading Russian Literature in the Original II3
Select six Russian electives at the 100-, 200-, 300-, and 400-levels, exclusive of independent study and RUSS 101, RUSS 102, and RUSS 103. A maximum of two of these courses may be at the 100-level. At least two courses must be at the 400-level. CEES 400 may be used to satisfy this requirement.18
Total Hours37
a

Native and heritage speakers who place out of RUSS 104 should register for RUSS 201. Students should consult an LAS advisor for eligibility for retroactive credit once they complete RUSS 201

b

SLAV 224 fulfills the Writing-in-the-Discipline requirement. 

Recommended Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
ENGL 160 Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts 3
RUSS 101 Elementary Russian I 4
Quantitative Reasoning course 3-5
Elective a 3
 Hours13-15
Spring Semester
ENGL 161 Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
RUSS 102 Elementary Russian II 4
General Education Requirement course 3
General Education Requirement course 3
Elective a 3
 Hours16
Second Year
Fall Semester
RUSS 103 Intermediate Russian I 4
Russian Elective b 3
General Education Requirement course 3-5
General Education Requirement course 3
Elective a 3
 Hours16-18
Spring Semester
RUSS 104 Intermediate Russian II 4
Russian Elective b 3
General Education Requirement course 3-5
General Education Requirement course 3
Elective a 3
 Hours16-18
Third Year
Fall Semester
RUSS 201 Russian Composition and Conversation I 3
Elective 3
Russian Elective b 3
General Education Requirement course 3
General Education Requirement course/Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
RUSS 202 Russian Composition and Conversation II 3
Russian Elective b 3
SLAV 224 Introduction to Literary Analysis of Slavic Texts c 3
General Education Requirement course/Elective 3
Electives 3-6
 Hours15-18
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
RUSS 411 Reading Russian Literature in the Original I 3
Russian Elective b 3
Russian Elective b 3
Electives 6-9
 Hours15-18
Spring Semester
RUSS 412 Reading Russian Literature in the Original II 3
Electives a 11-12
 Hours14-15
 Total Hours120
a

The following courses are recommended for students with no background in Russian: RUSS 115, RUSS 116, and RUSS 120 or RUSS 130.

b

Students are required to take an additional six Russian electives at the 100-, 200-, 300-, or 400-level (exclusive of independent study). A maximum of two courses may be at the 100-level. RUSS 101, RUSS 102, and RUSS 103 do not count toward this requirement. At least two courses must be at the 400-level. CEES 400 may be used to fulfill this requirement.

c

SLAV 224 satisfies the Writing in the Discipline requirement.