A student majoring in Russian is expected to read, write, and speak the language accurately and fluently. Students specializing in literature are expected to know the main facts of its development, including historical and social background, and to demonstrate ability for critical appreciation. Students specializing in culture and civilization are expected to be familiar with the general political, economic, and intellectual trends of the society studied and to be able to contextualize these historically. Majors are required to complete 30 credits chosen from courses at the 200 and 300 levels, including nine at the 300 level.

Students majoring in Russian may count two world literature courses in Russian literature, culture, or cinema toward the fulfillment of this requirement. Students returning from an abroad experience must take RUS 395 and RUS 396 at Goucher.

Students planning to enter graduate school should confer with their advisers about language requirements for graduate study.

Concentration in Secondary Education with Certification in Russian

Students seeking certification as teachers of one or more languages at the secondary level should make their intention clear to the chair of the department as early as possible and no later than the time they declare their major. Certification requirements are listed under the Education Department.