Russian, B.A.

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Minimum Total Credit Hours: 120

Major Hours: 36

Minimum Upper-Division Hours: 48


Overall GPA - Combined and OU: 2.00

Major GPA - Combined and OU: 2.00

Program Code: B825

Major Requirements

  • Some courses required for the major may also fulfill University General Education and/or Dodge College of Arts & Sciences Requirements.
  • The major requires 36 hours beyond RUSS 1115 and RUSS 1225.
Russian 1
Beginning Russian (5 hours)
Beginning Russian (Continued) (5 hours)
RUSS 2113Intermediate Russian3
RUSS 2223Intermediate Russian (Continued)3
RUSS 3323Advanced Russian Reading and Composition3
RUSS 3423Advanced Russian Reading and Composition (Continued)3
RUSS 4173Topics in Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature and Culture3
RUSS 4183Topics in 20th and Post-20th Century Russian Literature and Culture (Capstone)3
Choose two of the following:6
Beginning Business Russian
Russian Conversation
Interpreting the Russian Media
Advanced Russian Conversation
Modern Languages, Literatures & Linguistics (MLLL)
MLLL 3523Survey of Russian Literature to 1917 in Translation3
MLLL 3533Survey of Russian Literature from 1917 in Translation3
Choose two of the following in Russian literature or culture:6
Soviet and Post-Soviet Cinema
Dostoevsky and His Age
MLLL 3153
Chekhov
Nabokov
Tolstoy: Writer, Thinker, Social Critic
The Petersburg Myth and Text/The City in Russian Culture
Or another appropriate course with approval of Russian advisor
Total Credit Hours36

Major Support Requirements

Select one of the following:3
Survey of Russia
Imperial Russia
The Era of the Russian Revolutions
Twentieth-Century Russian History
Or any equivalent approved by the Russian advisor
Total Credit Hours3

General Education and College Requirements

Courses for fulfillment of General Education and Dodge College of Arts & Sciences requirements must be from the approved General Education course list published in the Class Schedule or at http://www.ou.edu/gened/coursesCourses graded P/NP will not apply.

UNIVERSITY-WIDE GENERAL EDUCATION (MINIMUM 40 HOURS) AND COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS
Core Area I: Symbolic and Oral Communication
English Composition (6 hours)
ENGL 1113Principles of English Composition3
ENGL 1213Principles of English Composition3
or EXPO 1213 Expository Writing
Language (0-13 hours in the same language)
The college requirement cannot be met by high school coursework.
Beginning Course0-5
Beginning Course, continued0-5
Intermediate Course (2000 level) 1,20-3
Mathematics (3 hours)
Choose one course from the General Education Mathematics list3
Core Area II: Natural Science (7 hours, including one laboratory component)
Biological Science
Choose an approved General Education Natural Science course with one of the following prefixes: BIOL, HES, MBIO, or PBIO 13-4
Physical Science
Choose an approved General Education Natural Science course with one of the following prefixes: AGSC, ASTR, CHEM, GEOG, GEOL, GPHY, METR, or PHYS 13-4
Core Area III: Social Science (6 hours)
P SC 1113American Federal Government3
Choose one course from the General Education Social Science list3
Core Area IV: Arts and Humanities (18 hours)
Artistic Forms
Choose one course from the General Education Artistic Forms list3
Western Culture
HIST 1483United States to 18653
or HIST 1493 United States, 1865 to the Present
Choose one course from the General Education Western Culture list (excluding HIST 1483/1493)3
World Culture
Choose one course from the General Education World Culture list3
Additional Core IV Upper-Division Arts & Humanities courses
Choose one course from Artistic Forms, Western Culture, or World Culture 1,33
Choose one course from Artistic Forms, Western Culture, or World Culture 1,33
Core Area V: First Year Experience (3 hours)
Choose one course3
Total Credit Hours56

Free Electives

Electives to bring total applicable hours to the minimum total required for the degree including 48 upper-division hours.

Information Concerning General Rules, Regulations and Minimum Requirements

Arts and Sciences Hours: At least 80 semester hours of liberal arts and sciences courses are required for a BA degree. At least 55 semester hours of liberal arts and sciences courses are required for a BS degree.
Pass/No Pass Enrollment: A maximum of 16 semester hours of free elective credit may be attempted under this option.
Individual Studies (e.g., courses titled “Independent Study”): A maximum of 12 total semester hours may be counted toward graduation, excluding Honors Reading and Honors Research.
P.E. Courses: No physical education activity courses will be counted toward the 120 semester hours of acceptable credit for graduation.
Senior Institution Hours: A minimum of 60 semester hours applied toward graduation must be earned at senior (4-year) institutions.
Residency:

  • At least 15 of the final 30 hours applied toward the degree or at least 50 percent of the hours required by the institution in the major field must be satisfactorily completed at the awarding institution.
  • At least 15 semester hours of upper-division major work must be completed in residence at OU.
  • OU correspondence courses are not considered resident credit.

Grade Point Averages: Students must earn a minimum over all 2.00 for each of the following: Combined Retention GPA (all college grades), OU Retention GPA, GPA for all major courses, and GPA for all major courses taken at OU. Some schools and departments of the College have higher minimum grade point averages required for their students.
Special Degrees: Students may qualify for an Honors degree (cum Laude, Magna cum Laude, or Summa cum Laude) by completing specific requirements of the Honors College. A degree will be earned with Distinction if the student completes at least 60 semester hours at OU with at least a 3.60 combined retention GPA and OU retention GPA. A degree will be earned with Special Distinction if the student completes at least 60 semester hours at OU with at least a 3.90 combined retention GPA and OU retention GPA.

Suggested Semester Plan of Study

This plan shows one possible grouping of courses that would allow students to graduate in four years. Please refer to the front of the degree checksheet for official requirements. Students must consult with Dodge College of Arts and Sciences and Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics academic advisers to verify that courses selected each semester fulfill the recommended plan and satisfy University, College of Arts and Sciences, and Russian major requirements.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
First SemesterCredit Hours
ENGL 1113 Principles of English Composition (Core I) 3
Math (Core I) 3
RUSS 1115 Beginning Russian 5
Natural Science with lab (Core II) 4
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
ENGL 1213
Principles of English Composition (Core I)
or Expository Writing
3
RUSS 1225 Beginning Russian (Continued) 5
Social Science (Core III) 3
First Year Experience (Core V) 3
 Credit Hours14
Sophomore
First Semester
P SC 1113 American Federal Government (Core III) 3
RUSS 2113 Intermediate Russian 3
Natural Science without lab (Core II) 3
Artistic Forms (Core IV) 3
Western Culture (Core IV), lower-division 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
HIST 1483
United States to 1865 (Core IV)
or United States, 1865 to the Present
3
RUSS 2223 Intermediate Russian (Continued) 3
Russian History Major Support Elective 1 3
World Culture (Core IV) 3
Free Elective, lower-division 1
Free Elective, lower-division 3
 Credit Hours16
Junior
First Semester
MLLL 3523 Survey of Russian Literature to 1917 in Translation 3
RUSS 3323 Advanced Russian Reading and Composition 3
Russian Literature and Culture Major Elective 2 3
Arts & Humanities, upper-division, outside major (Gen. Ed.) 3
Free Elective, lower- or upper-division 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
MLLL 3533 Survey of Russian Literature from 1917 in Translation 3
RUSS 3423 Advanced Russian Reading and Composition (Continued) 3
Russian Literature and Culture Major Elective 2 3
Free Elective, lower- or upper-division 3
Russian Major Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior
First Semester
RUSS 4173 Topics in Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature and Culture 3
Arts & Humanities, upper-division, outside major (Gen. Ed.) 3
Free Elective, lower- or upper-division 3
Free Elective, lower- or upper-division 3
Russian Major Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
RUSS 4183 Topics in 20th and Post-20th Century Russian Literature and Culture 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120