2017-18
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Russian (RUS)

Linguistics

609 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1030
Ph: 716-645-2177
F: 716-645-3825
W: www.linguistics.buffalo.edu/programs/language
Jean-Pierre Koenig
Chair
Valentina Sanders
Director of Russian Language Program

The Learning Environment

Russia is one of the most important countries in the world. Covering eleven time zones, it stretches from Europe to the Pacific. Its language is spoken by 144 million people, and the riches of its thousand-year-old civilization have influenced people all over the world. The Russian Language Program offers three years of Russian; advanced courses may be offered in some semesters.

About Our Facilities

Class size is limited for language courses in order to promote each student’s participation and interaction with the instructors as well as other students. The use of the target language is essential in class.

About Our Faculty

The Department of Linguistics is housed in Baldy Hall, and has several dedicated classrooms and meeting spaces. The department also holds classes in centrally scheduled space throughout the campus.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Linguistics department website for additional information about our faculty.

RUS Courses


  • RUS 101LEC Elementary Russian 1st Semester
    Lecture

    Provides a basic introduction to pronunciation, reading, writing, and conversation; introduces cultural topics.

    Credits: 5
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • RUS 102LEC Elementary Russian 2nd Semester
    Lecture

    Provides a basic introduction to pronunciation, reading, writing, and conversation; introduces cultural topics.

    Credits: 5
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: RUS 101
  • RUS 104LEC Russian for Native Speakers
    Lecture

    For students who do not speak Russian fluently or have not had any formal training in Russian and are not literate in Russian.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • RUS 198SEM UB Seminar
    Seminar

    The one credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps transition to UB through an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 198 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the UB seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  • RUS 199SEM UB Seminar
    Seminar

    The three credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps students with common learning outcomes focused on fundamental expectations for critical thinking, ethical reasoning, and oral communication, and learning at a university, all within topic focused subject matter. The Seminars provide students with an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 199 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the first year seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  • RUS 223LEC Intermediate Russian 1st Semester
    Lecture

    Sequel to RUS 101-RUS 102. Continues the study of basic grammar. Communicative topics include weather, phone conversations, travel, movies, TV, reading, free time, health, and holidays. Involves further work with authentic reading and listening materials and practical writing tasks.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: RUS 101 Or RUS 102
  • RUS 224LEC Intermediate Russian 2nd Semester
    Lecture

    Sequel to RUS 101-RUS 102. Continues the study of basic grammar. Communicative topics include weather, phone conversations, travel, movies, TV, reading, free time, health, and holidays. Involves further work with authentic reading and listening materials and practical writing tasks.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: RUS 223
  • RUS 301LEC Third-Year Russian 1st Semester
    Lecture

    Develops reading, conversation, and grammar, focusing on Russian culture. Topics include meeting people, weddings, family issues, Russian cooking, traditions and customs, nature, art, and the Russian soul.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: RUS 224
  • RUS 302LEC Third-Year Russian 2nd Semester
    Lecture

    Develops reading, conversation, and grammar, focusing on Russian culture. Topics include meeting people, weddings, family issues, Russian cooking, traditions and customs, nature, art, and the Russian soul.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • RUS 311LEC Russian Culture
    Lecture

    Examines highlights of Russian culture, including art, architecture, music, literature, religion, food, customs, the Russian soul, the burning question of what it means to be Russian, and Russia's relationship to the West.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • RUS 350LEC Russian Topics: Culture and Literature
    Lecture

    Explores a selected topic in Russian linguistics, literature, or cultural history.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Summer
  • RUS 408LEC Fourth-Year Russian
    Lecture

    Engages students in advanced Russian conversation and composition.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • RUS 422SEM Russia Culture
    Seminar

    Seminar on specific topics in contemporary Russian culture.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • RUS 499TUT Independent Study
    Tutorial

    Supplements regular offerings of the department. Students must secure the instructor's permission before registering for independent study.

    Credits: 1 - 16
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Linguistics

609 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1030
Ph: 716-645-2177
F: 716-645-3825
W: www.linguistics.buffalo.edu/programs/language
Jean-Pierre Koenig
Chair
Valentina Sanders
Director of Russian Language Program
Published: November 16, 2017 08:33:13 AM