2022-2023 Course Catalog

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Russian Area Studies (RAS) Minor

The Minor in Russian Area Studies (RAS) requires the completion of a minimum of 18 semester hours, distributed as below, including a capstone research project (Senior Essay), which must be submitted to the coordinator of the minor upon completion.

Required Minor Courses
1. Russian History
HIST 3604Russia to Peter the Great3
HIST 3614Imperial Russia3
HIST 3644Twentieth-Century Russia3
Subtotal9
2. Russian Politics
Select one of the following:3
Politics of Post-Communist Systems
US-Russia Foreign Policies
Communist and Post-communist Systems
Subtotal3
3. Russian Literature and Culture
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Russian Culture and Civilization
Topics in Russian Literature in English
Cultural History of the Soviet Union and the Successor States
Subtotal3
4. Capstone Research Project
RUS/PSCI/HIST 4974Independent Study3
Subtotal3
Total Credits18

Capstone research projects include but are not limited to: 20-page thesis, video or audio documentary, web site or other digital project. A public presentation or publication of the capstone research is recommended. Projects should use Russian sources whenever possible.

The required GPA for the minor is 2.0. All courses taken from the list of approved Russian studies courses count in the computation of the minor GPA.

Some courses listed on this checksheet may have prerequisites, please consult the University Course Catalog, or check with your advisor.

Minor coordinator: Dr. Tom Ewing. Department of History

Phone: (540) 231-3212 (Main Office); E-mail: etewing@vt.edu