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Study Abroad in St. Petersburg: Courses

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Students are required to take a 4-credit Russian language course and may also select one further 2-credit course plus a 1-credit course taught in English for a maximum total of 7 credits.

Russian Language Courses

Russian 101 (4) | Intensive Russian Language – Elementary Level

This is a first year college level course in Russian grammar, conversation, phonetics and writing practice for beginners.

Russian 201 (4) | Intensive Russian Language – Intermediate Level

This course covers grammar, composition, phonetics and techniques of written expression, with further development of vocabulary and pronunciation.

Russian 301 (4) | Intensive Russian Language – Advanced Level

Structural exercises in grammar, correct use of categories of language (commercial, administrative, journalistic, familiar, colloquial, formal) are stressed with extensive written work.

Courses taught in English

Art History 203 (1) | History of Russian Art

Art development is traced starting with the most famous icon painters through the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. Many works discussed are seen locally in exhibits at the Russian Museum. Ten hours of class plus 5 hours of homework and on-site museum visits for 15 hours total, worth 1 credit.

History 221 (2) | St. Petersburg’s Role in Russian History and Culture

Topics include St. Petersburg as the capital of the Russian Empire and home to major architectural and artistic monuments, the city as home to Pushkin, Dostoevsky, Brodsky and Shostakovitch. Students visit some of the city’s more unusual museums such as the State Public Library and Smolny Institute. Twenty hours of class plus 10 hours of homework, final paper and exam for 30 hours total, worth 2 credits.

Political Science/Sociology 211 (2) | Contemporary Life in Russia

This course covers major elements of contemporary Russian life: law, economics, government, health care, art and education. Topics include the nationalities question since 1985 and economic effects of Perestroika, and international relations of Russia with the CIS and the world. Content and teaching methods may be changed at the discretion of the University. Twenty hours of class plus 10 hours of homework, final paper and exam for 30 hours total, worth 2 credits.