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Russian Studies Minor

Dr. Mary Louise Loe, Minor Adviser
Phone: (540) 568-6168
E-mail: loeml@jmu.edu

This minor offers students a broad, interdisciplinary perspective on Russian culture, history, political institutions, economy and geography. This program deepens the students’ understanding and knowledge of the Russian and non-Russian peoples of the former Soviet Union, and prepares them for careers in teaching, government and international business. The minimum requirement for a minor in Russian studies is 18 hours. Students should take courses in at least three different disciplines from the following list:

Required Courses
ECON 301. Economies in Transition
GEOG 380F. Regional Geography Studies. Russia/Central Asia
HIST 385. Russia to 1855
HIST 386. Russia Since 1855
HIST 475. Modern Russia
POSC 337. Russian Political System
POSC 338. Russian Foreign Policy
POSC 339. Politics of Communist and Post-Communist Systems
RUS 266/G HUM 200. Russian Literature in Translation/Great Works
RUS 300. Russian Conversation and Composition
RUS 308. Introduction to Russian Civilization
RUS 315. Russian Phonetics
RUS 320. Advanced Russian Grammar
RUS 405. Russian Literature of the 19th Century
RUS 426. Russian Literature of the 20th Century
Students may include one course from the following list:

ECON 490. Special Studies in Economics
FL 490. Special Studies in Foreign Languages (Russian)
GEOG 490. Special Studies in Geography
HIST 399. Special Studies in History
POSC 490. Senior Tutorial in Political Science

With the approval of the adviser to the program, six to eight hours of Russian language may be included in the minor. For further information concerning the program, contact Dr. Mary Louise Loe, Department of History, Jackson Hall, 224.