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2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Russian Studies, B.A.

Joseph Bradley, History

The University of Tulsa offers an interdisciplinary major in Russian studies. The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) with a major in Russian studies is comprised of coursework in Russian language, literature and culture, history, and politics. The major provides students with a knowledge and understanding of historical and contemporary Russia, as well as with the ability to use the Russian language. Students have the opportunity to live and study for a summer, a semester, or a year in Russia.

The Woolslayer Room in Russian Studies is richly furnished with instructional materials, including Russian periodicals, maps, videos and DVDs, access to satellite broadcasts from Russia, and advanced computing and video projection systems. It serves as the centerpiece of innovative language instruction using an approach developed in Russia, as well as a resource for other courses in the program.

Study abroad programs in Saint Petersburg are offered through consortia with which The University of Tulsa is affiliated, including CIEE and AIFS. Courses taken through these programs are evaluated for transfer credit toward the major on a case-by-case basis by the director.

Learning Objectives

Students will

  1. Command the Russian language sufficiently to hold a near-professional conversation with native speakers.
    a. Apply Russian language in conversation sufficient to interact with a native speaker.
    b. Apply Russian language in writing sufficient to interact with a native reader.
    c. Apply other Russian linguistic and cultural operations to successfully interact with native culture.
  2. Appreciate the humanistic tradition in Russian-language culture, literature, history, or politics.
    a. Competently demonstrate critical understanding of core components of the Russian tradition in cultural interaction.
    b. Demonstrate critical engagement with basic traditions and tensions in culture, literature, history, or politics.
  3. Understand Russian society and its operations well enough to professionally engage and collaborate with Russian speaking actors in industry and diplomatic circles.
    a. Understand and demonstrate how command of Russian culture, literature, history, or politics in appropriate ethical and professional behavior.
    b. Research and develop opportunities and resources for Russian studies uses after graduation.

Tulsa Curriculum Requirements (53 hours)

General Curriculum (25 hours)****

  • Block I Aesthetic Inquiry and Creative Experience (6 hours)
  • Block II Historical and Social Interpretation (12 hours)
  • Block III Scientific Investigation (7 hours including one lab)


*AS 1001  is required for freshmen matriculating at TU immediately after graduating from high school.

**AS 2001  is required for sophomores.

***Language requirement may vary depending upon placement.

****No more than two courses from any one discipline may be used to fulfill General Curriculum requirements. Two courses must be taken which meet the Cultural Diversity and Gender Studies  requirement.

Some students may be required to take ENGL 1004 Introduction to College Writing  and MATH 1053 College Algebra .

Russian Studies Major Requirements (33 hours)

At least 21 hours must be at the upper-division level (3000 and 4000-level courses); these normally include a minimum of 12 hours in advanced Russian. In addition, a 3-hour senior project on a Russia-related topic will be taken in one of the participating departments.

Beginning Russian (RUSS 1004  and RUSS 1014 ) and Intermediate Russian (RUSS 2003  and RUSS 2013 ) or the equivalent are prerequisites to the major.

Minor (12-15 hours)

General Electives (23-26 hours)

Total: 124 hours