Liberal Studies Program

Spring 2018 Russian Courses & Descriptions

RUSS 101  Elementary Russian I (4 units)

Not open to students who have attended schools where Russian was the language of instruction. Study of the fundamentals of Russian grammatical structures, reading, practice in the spoken language. May not be challenged. (Available for General Education, Comparative Cultural Studies.) 

Offered: RUSS 101 (14958) Tu,Th 11:00-12:40 PM SH 108


RUSS 200 BEG Conversation  (3 units)

Prerequisite: RUSS 201 or instructor consent. Not open to students who have attended schools where Russian was the language of instruction. Designed to develop the aural-oral skills of students of Russian and to improve their fluency in spoken Russian. Strongly recommended. May not be challenged. (Available for General Education, Subject Explorations: Comparative Cultural Studies/Gender, Race, Class, and Ethnicity Studies, and Foreign Languages or Section F.2, Comparative Cultural Studies)

Offered: RUSS 200 (19950) Tu,Th 2:00-3:15 PM JR 303


RUSS 407 Russian Business and Travel  (3 units)

This course is taught in English and there is no Russian language class prerequisite.

 Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

 1.) Identify cultural differences between Russian and American society, corporate and private business, and politics.

 2.) Understand the importance of etiquette in Russian business interactions as well as in Russian social life.

 3.) Travel to Russia and navigate through Russian cities, buildings, signs, and transportation systems (virtual travel).

 4.) Traverse the potential difficulties of commerce, healthcare, education, real estate and realty while understanding the sociopolitical differences between cultures.

 5.) Be aware of the potential risks of conducting business in Russia.

 Some topics to be covered:

 Russian geography, climate, and economics

 Introduction to Russian Business

 Business Travel

 Customs, etiquette, and lifestyle in Russian-speaking areas

 Comparisons in healthcare, education, and real estate

 Russian Media and Freedom of Speech

 Moscow Cultural Life vs. Life in St. Petersburg vs. Village/Rural Life

 The Role of Oligarchs in Russian Capitalism

 Corruption in Russian Busines

Offered: RUSS 407 (15049) Tu 4:00-6:45 PM JR 212