Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Russian Language and Literature

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

Program-specific curriculum:

Prerequisite
All courses in one of the following options:
Option A:
SLAV 1012Intensive Basic Russian I
SLAV 1034Intensive Basic Russian II
Option B:
SLAV 1001First-Year Russian I
SLAV 1002First-Year Russian II
SLAV 1003Second-Year Russian I
SLAV 1004Second-Year Russian II
Required in the major
SLAV 1391Introduction to Russian Literature I
SLAV 1392Introduction to Russian Literature II
SLAV 2005Intermediate Russian I
SLAV 2006Intermediate Russian I
SLAV 2007Russia Today: Topics in Advanced Russian I
SLAV 2008Russia Today: Topics in Advanced Russian II
SLAV 2361Russian Culture
SLAV 2362Russian Culture
Two of the following:
SLAV 2471Nineteenth-Century Russian Prose
SLAV 2472Nineteenth-Century Russian Poetry
SLAV 247320th-Century Russian Prose
SLAV 2474Twentieth-Century Russian Poetry
Two of the following:
SLAV 2365Twentieth-Century Russian Literature to World War II
SLAV 2366Russian Literature from World War II to the Present
SLAV 2785Introduction to Russian Cinema I
SLAV 2786Introduction to Russian Cinema II
SLAV 4595WSpecial Topics

Proficiency requirements for the Russian major: After completing SLAV 2006 Intermediate Russian I, students consult their advisor to choose one of the following two proficiency tracks:

  1. Emphasis on proficiency in speaking—students choosing this track must attain speaking proficiency at the Intermediate High level, as measured by the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview; a semester of intensive language study in Russia on an approved program is required unless waived by the department.
  2. Emphasis on proficiency in reading—students choosing this track must attain reading proficiency at the Advanced level on the ACTFL scale, as measured by a departmental examination; SLAV 2015 Readings in the Russian Press I and SLAV 2016 Readings in the Russian Press II are required unless waived by the department.

In addition to the University General Education Requirement, undergraduate students in Columbian College must complete a further, College-specific general education curriculum—Perspective, Analysis, Communication, or G-PAC. Together with the University General Education Requirement, G-PAC engages students in active intellectual inquiry across the liberal arts. Students achieve a set of learning outcomes that enhance their analytical skills, develop their communication competencies, and invite them to participate as responsible citizens who are attentive to issues of culture, diversity, and privilege.

G-PAC approved courses, Dean's Seminars, and Sophomore Colloquia that may be available for registration are listed on the CCAS Advising website.

Coursework for the University General Education Requirement is distributed as follows:

  • Writing—one approved course in university writing and two approved writing in the disciplines (WID) courses.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical or creative thinking skills.
  • Mathematics or Statistics—one approved course in either mathematics or statistics.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry.
  • Social Sciences—two approved courses in the social sciences.

Coursework for the Columbian College general education curriculum is distributed as follows:

  • Arts—one approved course in the arts that involves the study or creation of artwork based on an understanding or interpretation of artistic traditions or knowledge of art in a contemporary context.
  • Global or Cross-Cultural Perspective—one approved course that analyzes the ways in which institutions, practices, and problems transcend national and regional boundaries.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical thinking skills (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement).
  • Local or Civic Engagement—one approved course that develops the values, ethics, disciplines, and commitment to pursue responsible public action.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement.
  • Oral Communication—one course in oral communication.

Certain courses are approved to fulfill the requirement in more than one of these categories.

Courses taken in fulfillment of G-PAC also may be counted toward majors or minors. Transfer courses taken prior to, but not after, admission to George Washington University may count toward the University General Education Requirement and G-PAC, if those transfer courses are equivalent to GW courses that have been approved by the University and the College.

In addition to the general requirements stated under University Regulations, in order to be considered for graduation with Special Honors, a candidate must have attained a 3.5 grade-point average in the major and at least a 3.0 average overall. Students must apply for honors candidacy by the end of the first semester of the junior year; must attain speaking proficiency at the advanced level, as measured by the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Oral Proficiency Interview; and must successfully complete an honors thesis (SLAV 4597 Senior Honors Thesis ISLAV 4598 Senior Honors Thesis II).