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Department of
German and Russian
including Japanese Studies

College of Arts & Sciences

337-A McIver Building
(336) 334-5427
www.uncg.edu/gar/index.html

 

Faculty

Andreas Lixl, Professor and Head of Department

Associate Professor Adams; Lecturers Ahern, Campitelli, Pynes

The aim of the Department of German and Russian is to convey a deeper understanding for important foreign languages and cultures in the context of a liberal and humanistic education.

The following courses are intended both to impart useful skills and to contribute to the student's intellectual development and aesthetic experience. Language instruction courses provide the students with a basic speaking knowledge and with a reading knowledge that will enable them to inform themselves independently about the life and literature of German- and Russian-speaking countries. More advanced courses emphasize literary study and culture, which are the actual goals of the major in German.

The language laboratory provides the student with the facilities for aural and oral exercises. Cultural material such as films, records, and tapes is coordinated with classroom work. Students may also elect to live in UNCG's International House.

For all interested students a German coffee hour (Kaffeestunde) is held once a week, where students and faculty meet socially to speak German. The UNCG film program provides a German full-length film each month, and several Russian films each semester.

From time to time a UNCG Summer Study Abroad travel program in German-speaking countries is offered. Information on other summer programs abroad is available.

Students who wish to spend their junior year studying any subject at the Universities of Bamberg, Mannheim, Osnabrück, The Higher School of Commerce at Worms (UNCG partner institutions), or with other programs, must have completed intermediate German.

A major in German works in tandem with an International Business Studies major (first or second major). Students are strongly advised to familiarize themselves with this program's offerings.

Students in UNCG's International Studies major with a concentration in Russian Studies may spend a semester or academic year at Joensuu University (Finland) and/or at Petrozavodsk University (Russia).

 

Russian Minor

Required: minimum of 15 semester hours
AOS Code: U160

15 hours above the 100-level of which the following six are compulsory: RUS 203, 204

Russian Courses (RUS)

Courses in English Translation

Russian Literature in English translation courses are as follows:

201, 202 Russian Literature in Translation (3:3), (3:3).
313 Tolstoy in Translation (3:3).
314 Dostoevsky in Translation (3:3).
315 Soviet-Russian Literature in Translation (3:3).
316 Modern Polish Literature in Translation (3:3).
511 The Russian Novel in Translation (3:3).

A full description of these courses will be found in numerical order in the Russian courses listed below.


For Undergraduates

101 Elementary Russian I (3:3).

Basic principles of grammar; graded reading of selected texts; some conversation; language laboratory facilities.

101L Elementary Russian Lab (1:0:1)

  • Grade: Pass/Not Pass (P/NP)

Optional supplementary multi-media lab course at the elementary level for students interested in improving their command of the language. Course meets one hour a week for the whole semester.

102 Elementary Russian II (3:3).

Basic principles of grammar; graded reading of selected texts; some conversation; language laboratory facilities.

102L Elementary Russian Lab (1:0:1)

  • Grade: Pass/Not Pass (P/NP)

Optional supplementary multi-media lab course at the elementary level for students interested in improving their command of the language. Course meets one hour a week for the whole semester.

201, 202 Russian Literature in Translation (3:3), (3:3).

AULER/CLER: WL, CWL

Survey of Russian prose beginning with early Russian Literature and focusing on nineteenth-century Russian prose up to 1917. Works from the following writers are read: Pushkin, Gogol, Lermontov, Goncharov, Turgenev, Leskov, Garshin, Kuprin, Chekhov, Bunin, Belyj, Sologub. No knowledge of Russian required. Baer.

203, 204 Intermediate Russian (3:3), (3:3).

CLER: CFL

Review of grammar, practice in conversation, selected readings from nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature.

305, 306 Advanced Grammar, Conversation and Composition (3:3), (3:3).

Intensive reading of unedited Russian texts plus conversation and composition based on the reading. Baer.

313 Tolstoy in Translation (3:3).

AULER/CLER: WL, CWL

Intensive study of his artistic writing between 1852-1910. Tolstoy's moral views are considered as part of the course. Baer.

314 Dostoevsky in Translation (3:3).

Intensive study of his artistic writing between 1846-1880. His political and religious views are considered as an integral part of the material of the course. Baer.

315 Twentieth-Century Russian Literature in Translation (3:3).

AULER/CLER: WL, CWL

Intensive study of the artistic writing in Russia from 1917 to the present. Readings cover poetry and prose of Sholokhov, Ilf and Petrov, Pasternak, Evtushenko, Solzhenitsyn, and others. Baer.

316 Modern Polish Literature in Translation (3:3).

AULER/CLER: WL, CWL

Intensive study of the artistic writing in Poland from 1918 to present. Readings cover poetry and prose of Zeromski, Wittlin, Gombrowicz, Witkiewicz, Schulz, Iwaszkiewicz, Rozewicz, Tuwim, Andrzejewski, Milosz, and Herbert. Baer.

491, 492 Tutorial (1 to 3), (1 to 3).

Directed program of reading, research, and individual instruction in Russian and Polish language and literature.

493 Honors Work (3-6).

Pr. see prerequisites under Honors Program, XXX 493.

  • May be repeated for credit if the topic of study changes.


For Advanced Undergraduates and Graduate Students

511 The Russian Novel in Translation (3:3).

Survey of the Russian novel from the nineteenth (Pushkin, Gogol, Turgenev, Goncharov, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy), to the twentieth century (Belyj, Sologub, Pasternak, and Solzhenitsyn). Analysis of artistic structure and ideas within the context of Russian literary history, philosophy, and religious thought. Baer.


 
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