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Russian Studies Minor
The Russian Studies minor is an inter-disciplinary minor, which follows the Across-the-Curriculum model. The essence of this model is the opportunity for students to study Russian language, culture, history, economics, sociology, art and other areas of interest in courses offered by various departments. 

Russian Studies Across-the-Curriculum aims to facilitate the study of Russia in a variety of meaningful contexts and to motivate and reward students to use a multi-disciplinary approach in every class and prepare for the cross-cultural, multilingual, and inter-disciplinary demands and opportunities of a global society. 

Russian Minor Requirements Mentorship Expectations
Guidelines for Inclusion of Courses Across-the-Curriculum Contact

Russian Minor Requirements
  • Minor Requirements 18 credits
  • Russian language 6 credits
  • Capstone (Integrative) Project 3 credits
  • Electives 9 credits
  • Minimum grade to be counted towards the minor is “C”.

Note:  For students who study abroad in Russia, the requirements will be re-assessed based on the study abroad package.

Mentorship Expectations
Advisement and Minor Contract
Students will sign a standard minor contract (see Appendix A).  Drafting and managing this contract will require regular interaction with an advisor. The student and advisor will outline a broad learning agenda for individual student. The broad categories would include:
a) an understanding of how this program will fit within the student’s overall goals and intellectual curiosities;
b) goals for professional skill development;
c) a tentative plan (to evolve as the student executes the minor contract) for an integrative (capstone/comprehensive) project.

Field Experience
Students will be required to conduct original research or a field experience (internships/study abroad/etc.).

Capstone/Comprehensive Project
Students will be required to fulfill capstone (comprehensive) course project as a culmination of the Minor.

Guidelines for Inclusion of Courses Across-the-Curriculum
Across-the-Curriculum classes are classes that do not explicitly focus on Russia. All records will be maintained by the Russian Studies co-directors, and the students will include this work in their portfolio. 

1) A minimum of 33% of the grade will be devoted to study of Russia.
2) An explicit understanding by the professor that Russian Studies students will focus at least 33% of the grade on Russian learning (in the context of the specific class).
3) A contract for the student (see Appendix B) outlining the objectives for learning Russia in the context of the class syllabus.

Eligible Courses

ECON/INTL/BUSN 370: Topics: Contemporary Russia 
ECON/BUSN/INTL 370: Topics: Emerging Markets in Asia 
ECON/BUSN/INTL 370: Topics: Women in Labor Markets 
HIST376: Topics: Contemporary Russia 
HIST 400: Islam and Politics 
HIST 446: History of Russia 
HIST 476: Crossing International Borders: World Migration 1800-present 
SOC 315: Women and Violence
SOC 362: Organized Crime
INTG 391: Crime and Punishment: a Study of the City of St. Petersburg, its Role in Dostoevsky’s “Crime and Punishment”, and its Importance Today 
INTG 391/INTL/ECON/BUSN 370: St. Petersburg in Russian History, Economy and Business
Internship at the Russian American Cultural Heritage Center (RACH-C)

Note: Other courses, including independent studies courses, may be eligible if approved in advance.


Dr. Omar Nagi
Associate Professor of Sociology
Russian Studies Co-Director
Founders Hall, Room 215
(718) 405-3272

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