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Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies

109 Satterfield Hall
Tel: 330-672-2150
Fax: 330-672-4009
Web: www.kent.edu/cas/mcls
 

Description

The Bachelor of Arts in Russian Literature, Culture and Translation provides a basis for the development of professional-level proficiency in the Russian language as well as a comprehensive understanding of Russian literature and culture, including television and film. Additionally, students are introduced to basic skills for translating short texts in Russian to English. Students explore the language and culture of the pre-revolutionary Russian empire, the Soviet Union and contemporary post–Soviet Russia.

Career Opportunities

Graduates go on to careers in professional translation, military service, foreign diplomacy, secondary teaching and the private sector.

Admission Requirements

General Admissions for Freshman Students: Students most likely to be admitted and succeed at the Kent Campus are those who have graduated with at least 16 units of the recommended college preparatory curriculum in high school, who have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), and whose composite ACT score is 21 or better (980 combined critical reading and math SAT score). For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

General Admissions for Transfer Students: Generally, a transfer applicant who has taken 12 or more semester hours with a college cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may be admitted. An applicant who has taken fewer than 12 semester hours will be evaluated on both collegiate and high school records. For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for transfer students.
 

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 121 total credit hours  and  42 upper-division hours for graduation. Minimum 2.000 GPA overall and 2.000 GPA in major required for graduation.

All Russian Literature, Culture and Translation majors must take the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview, ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test and the Russian Outcomes Assessment Test, prior to being cleared for graduation. Information about the exams can be found on the ACTFL Website and the Language Testing International (LTI) website, the exclusive licensee of ACTFL. B.A. in Russian Literature, Culture and Translation candidates should consult with their designated Russian faculty advisor for more information on arranging to take the proficiency exams.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

1. Perform tasks at Intermediate High and Advanced Low levels of proficiency using the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Proficiency Guidelines. Proficiency in ACTFL terms is understood to describe a range of qualities rather than an absolute norm and will vary according to task type, language function, topic, skill (listening, speaking, reading, writing), and so forth.

2. Contribute to most informal and some formal conversations with sufficient accuracy, clarity, and precision to convey their intended message without misrepresentation or confusion. They will for the most part be understood by native speakers unaccustomed to dealing with non-native speakers.

3. Vary the register (formality level) of their speech.

4. Talk about personal interests, topics of general interest, literature and culture, and so forth in the target language

5. Listen to connected discourse on a variety of topics and understand main ideas and most details. This requires processing of different tenses, knowledge of discourse structure, cohesive devices, pronoun systems, and more.

6. Read somewhat longer and more complex prose that have been written for native speakers and not edited or adapted for students. They will be able to read a wide variety of text types such as poems, plays, novels, magazine articles, newspaper articles, brochures, pamphlets, menus, letters, and so forth, Some texts they will understand completely; for others they will be able to grasp the main idea and some or most details.

7. Compose routine social correspondence, take notes, write cohesive summaries and resumes, as well as narratives and descriptions of a factual nature in the target language. Additionally, they will be able to complete course-related writing tasks such as essays and term papers in the target language. They will be able to defend a thesis statement and make stylistic decisions based on the needs of specific audiences and on specific writing purposes.

8.  Demonstrate a historical knowledge of Russian history and culture and to understand the diverse nature of culture throughout the ages.

9. Discuss cultural differences, distinguishing between fact, opinion, stereotyping, etc.

10. Learn to recognize and esteem diversity as they gain the skills necessary for sensitive, effective interpersonal and intercultural interaction. To this end, study abroad will be encouraged.

11. Learn to view concepts, issues, events, and themes from the perspectives of diverse ethnic and cultural groups and to esteem diversity as they gain the skills necessary for sensitive, effective interpersonal and intercultural communication. Additionally, in learning to recognize and accept cultural differences, they are able to maintain an ongoing assessment of their own cultural values and behaviors. A successful program will instill in our students a lifetime commitment and desire to continue learning about languages, literatures, and cultures different from their own.

Student Organizations

Phi Sigma Iota

Advanced Degree Programs

Secondary Education: Russian  (M.A.T.), Translation: Russian (M.A.)
 

Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.

I. DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE  (1 credit)
Type Course Title Credits
  US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
II. PREREQUISITE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS*
Type Course Title Credits
  RUSS 12201 Elementary Russian I (4)  
    12211 Elementary Russian I Recitation (1)  
    12202 Elementary Russian II (4)  
    12212 Elementary Russian II Recitation (1)  
    22201 Intermediate Russian I (4)  
    22211 Intermediate Russian I Recitation (1)  
    22202 Intermediate Russian II (4)  
    22212 Intermediate Russian II Recitation (1)  
III. MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (38 credits)**  Courses count in major GPA 
Type Course Title Credits
  RUSS 32201 Intensive Russian Grammar 3
    32211 Russian Composition and Conversation 3
    32215 Russian Phonetics and Diction 3
    32231 Translation Practice: Russian 1
WIC   32303 Modern Writers*** 3
WIC   32421 Russian Civilization*** 3
    42211 Advanced Russian Composition and Conversation 3
    42351 Survey: Russian and Soviet Literature 4
  TRST 30230 Approaches to Translation 3
  Choose from the following: 3
  MCLS 20000 Global Literacy and Cultural Awareness (3)  
    30420 Foreign Language and Culture Studies (3)+  
  Choose from the following 40000 level electives: 3
  RUSS 42095 Special Topics in Russian Language and Literatures (3)  
    42096 Individual Investigation (3)  
    42240 Business and Special Texts: Russian (3)  
    42399 Research Project in Russian Language and Literature (3)  
  Choose from the following: Russian Literature or Cultural Elective 6
  RUSS 32240 Conversation for Business and Special Purposes: Russian (3)  
    32325 Russian Poetry and Folklore (3)  
    32350 Russian Prose (3)  
    32354 Russian Drama (4)  
    32501 Russian Literature in English (3)  
    42095 Special Topics in Russian Language (1-4)  
    42230 Advanced Translation Practice: Russian (3)  
    42240 Business and Special Texts: Russian (3)  
IV. ADDITIONAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (82 credits)  
Type Course Title Credits
  Foreign Language or General Electives**** 14
  Kent Core Composition 6-8
  Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning 3-5
  Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each) 9
  Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines) 6
  Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory) 6-7
  Kent Core Additional 6
  College General Requirement (must be from Kent Core Basic Sciences)***** 3
  College General Requirement (must be from Kent Core Social Sciences)****** 3
  General Electives (4-7 upper-division credit hours)
Credits required depends on meeting minimum 121 credit hours and minimum 42 upper-division credit hours
26
MINIMUM TOTAL  121


* Students with previous Russian study should see a Russian major advisor for placement. Students lacking in sufficient major-level proficiency to take the first major courses (RUSS 32201 and RUSS 32203) can reach it by taking courses in the prerequisite sequence (RUSS 12201, 12202, 22201 and 22202) based on the advisor’s placement recommendation and high school training. Students with sufficient Russian to place into higher semesters are not allowed in Elementary Russian I (RUSS 12202).

** All courses taken from the list of major program requirements are used in the calculation of the major GPA.

*** Students are required to earn a minimum C (2.000) grade in either RUSS 32303 Modern Writers or RUSS 32421 Russian Civilization to fulfill the one-course writing-intensive requirement.

**** Students who fulfill the language requirement in fewer than 14 hours as a result of starting their Russian studies in a course higher than RUSS 22202 will complete remaining hours with general electives.

*****One additional course taken from the Kent Core Basic Science courses in the following Arts and Sciences disciplines: Anthropology (ANTH), Biological Sciences (BSCI), Chemistry (CHEM), Geography (GEOG), Geology (GEOL) or Physics (PHY). Students may take the courses listed in the "introductory" sequences with the restrictions noted above in the Kent Core Basic Science section. The course may not be from the student's major.

******One additional course taken from the Kent Core Social Sciences courses in the following Arts and Sciences disciplines: Anthropology (ANTH), Applied Conflict Management (CACM), Geography (GEOG), Criminology and Justice Studies (JUS), Political Science (POL), Psychology (PSYC) or Sociology (SOC). The course may not be from the student's major.

+ Russian teaching licensure candidates completing an education minor should take MCLS 30420.


Note: All Russian Literature, Culture and Translation majors must take the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview, ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test and the Russian Outcomes Assessment Test, prior to being cleared for graduation. Information about the exams can be found on the ACTFL Website and the Language Testing International (LTI) website, the exclusive licensee of ACTFL. B.A. in Russian Literature, Culture and Translation candidates should consult with their designated Russian faculty advisor for more information on arranging to take the proficiency exams.

Foreign Language Note: Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must have the equivalent of Elementary I and II in any language, and the Russian Literature, Culture and Translation major requires Intermediate I and II of the same language.

All students with prior foreign language experience should take the foreign language placement test to determine the appropriate level at which to start. Some students may begin their university foreign language experience beyond the Elementary I level and will complete the requirement with fewer credit hours and fewer courses. This may be accomplished by: (1) passing a course beyond Elementary I through Intermediate II level or (2) receiving credit through Credit by Exam (CBE), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), the Advanced Placement (AP) exam or credit through the International Baccalaureate (IB) program; or (3) being designated a "native speaker" of a non-English language (consult with the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office for additional information). When students complete the requirement with fewer than 14 credit hours and four courses, they will complete remaining hours with general electives.