Russian Literature, Culture and Translation - B.A.

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies
109 Satterfield Hall
Kent Campus
330-672-2150
mcls@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/mcls


Description

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

FULLY OFFERED AT:

  • Kent Campus

Admission Requirements

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago.

Freshman Students on the Kent Campus: The freshman admission policy on the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. The Admissions Office at the Kent Campus may defer the admission of students who do not meet admissions criteria but who demonstrate areas of promise for successful college study. Deferred applicants may begin their college coursework at one of seven Regional Campuses of Kent State University. For more information on admissions, including additional requirements for some academic programs, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

Freshman Students on the Regional Campuses:  Kent State campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, as well as the Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg, have open enrollment admission for students who hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 48 PTE Academic score, or by completing the ELS level 112 Intensive Program. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.

Transfer, Transitioning and Former Students: For more information about admission criteria for transfer, transitioning and former students, please visit the admissions website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Perform tasks at intermediate high and advanced low levels of proficiency as described by 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.
  3. Read a wide variety of texts written for native speakers of Russian and not edited or adapted for non-native speakers.
  4. Compose routine social correspondence and write cohesive summaries, narratives and descriptions of a factual nature in Russian.
  5. Demonstrate a historical knowledge of Russian history and culture and understand the diverse nature of culture throughout the ages.
  6. Discuss cultural differences, distinguishing between fact, opinion and stereotypes.
  7. Communicate effectively and sensitively to diverse ethic and cultural groups.
  8. View concepts, issues, events and themes from the perspectives of diverse ethnic and cultural groups.
  9. Esteem diversity.
  10. Maintain an ongoing assessment of their own cultural values and behaviors.

University Requirements 

All students in a bachelor's degree program at Kent State University must complete the following university requirements for graduation.

NOTE:  University requirements may be fulfilled in this program by specific course requirements. Please see Program Requirements for details.

Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
Course is not required for students with 25 transfer credits, excluding College Credit Plus, or age 21+ at time of admission.
Diversity Domestic/Global (DIVD/DIVG) 2 courses
Students must successfully complete one domestic and one global course, of which one must be from the Kent Core.
Experiental Learning Requirement (ELR) varies
Students must successfully complete one course or approved experience.
Kent Core (see table below) 36-37
Writing-Intensive Course (WIC) 1 course
Students must earn a minimum C grade in the course.
Upper-Division Requirement 39 (or 42)
Students must successfully complete 39 upper-division (numbered 30000 to 49999) credit hours to graduate. Students in a B.A. and/or B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 42 upper-division credit hours.
Total Credit Hour Requirement 120
Some bachelor's degrees require students to complete more than 120 credit hours.

Kent Core Requirements

Kent Core Composition (KCMP) 6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning (KMCR) 3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (KHUM/KFA) (min one course each) 9
Kent Core Social Sciences (KSS) (must be from two disciplines) 6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (KBS/KLAB) (must include one laboratory) 6-7
Kent Core Additional (KADL) 6
Total Credit Hours: 36-37

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

[AS-BA-RLCT]

Prerequisite Requirements 1
ELEMENTARY RUSSIAN I
ELEMENTARY RUSSIAN II
INTERMEDIATE RUSSIAN I
INTERMEDIATE RUSSIAN II
Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
RUSS 32201INTENSIVE RUSSIAN GRAMMAR 3
RUSS 32211COMPOSITION AND CONVERSATION 3
RUSS 32215RUSSIAN PHONETICS AND DICTION 3
RUSS 32231TRANSLATION PRACTICE: RUSSIAN 1
RUSS 32303MODERN WRITERS (ELR) (WIC) 23
RUSS 32421RUSSIAN CIVILIZATION (ELR) (WIC) 23
RUSS 42211ADVANCED COMPOSITION AND CONVERSATION 3
RUSS 42351SURVEY OF RUSSIAN AND SOVIET LITERATURE 4
TRST 30230APPROACHES TO TRANSLATION 3
MCLS 20000GLOBAL LITERACY AND CULTURAL AWARENESS 33
or MCLS 30420 FOREIGN LANGUAGES AND CULTURE STUDIES
Major Elective, choose from the following:3
SPECIAL TOPICS IN RUSSIAN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURES
INDIVIDUAL INVESTIGATION
BUSINESS AND SPECIAL TEXTS: RUSSIAN
RESEARCH PROJECT IN RUSSIAN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE (ELR)
Russian Literature or Cultural Electives, choose from the following:6
CONVERSATION FOR BUSINESS AND SPECIAL PURPOSES: RUSSIAN
RUSSIAN POETRY AND FOLKLORE (WIC)
RUSSIAN LITERATURE IN ENGLISH
SPECIAL TOPICS IN RUSSIAN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURES
ADVANCED TRANSLATION PRACTICE: RUSSIAN (ELR) (WIC)
BUSINESS AND SPECIAL TEXTS: RUSSIAN
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
UC 10097DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Composition6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning3
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 Additional6
College General Requirement (must be from Kent Core Basic Sciences) 43
College General Requirement (must be from Kent Core Social Sciences) 53
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 42 upper-division credit hours)39
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
1

Students who fulfill the language requirement in fewer than 14 credit hours as a result of starting their Russian studies in a course higher than RUSS 22202 will complete remaining credit hours with general electives.  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) can reach it by taking courses in the prerequisite sequence (RUSS 12201, RUSS 12202, RUSS 22201 and RUSS 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 RUSS 12202.

2

Students are required to earn a minimum C grade to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

3

Students planing to earn teaching licensure and declared in the Education minor should take MCLS 30420.

4

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). The course may not be from the student's major.

5

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

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.000 2.000
  • 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 Note

  • Some courses in the Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies are offered on a rotating basis, and course availability may change at any time. Visit the department's website for course offering projections and advising with course planning.
 

Roadmap

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Two
!MCLS 20000
GLOBAL LITERACY AND CULTURAL AWARENESS
or FOREIGN LANGUAGES AND CULTURE STUDIES
3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Three
!RUSS 32201 INTENSIVE RUSSIAN GRAMMAR 3
RUSS 32211 COMPOSITION AND CONVERSATION 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
!RUSS 32215 RUSSIAN PHONETICS AND DICTION 3
RUSS 42211 ADVANCED COMPOSITION AND CONVERSATION 3
College General Requirement 3
College General Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Elective 2
 Credit Hours17
Semester Five
!RUSS 32231 TRANSLATION PRACTICE: RUSSIAN 1
!TRST 30230 APPROACHES TO TRANSLATION 3
RUSS 32303 MODERN WRITERS (ELR) (WIC) 3
General Electives 8
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
RUSS 42351 SURVEY OF RUSSIAN AND SOVIET LITERATURE 4
!Russian Literature or Cultural Elective 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours13
Semester Seven
!Russian Literature or Cultural Elective 3
General Electives 12
 Credit Hours15
Semester Eight
RUSS 32421 RUSSIAN CIVILIZATION (ELR) (WIC) 3
!Major Elective 3
General Electives 8
 Credit Hours14
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120