Russian

Program Overview
Language Courses
Majoring in Russian
Study Abroad
Faculty 

Program Overview
The Russian Language Program at UCSC offers students a variety of opportunities to learn or improve their Russian, including language courses at the beginning and intermediate levels, and a number of opportunities for independent study at the advanced levels. Though the program is small, it rivals and surpasses many larger institutions in the range of possibilities offered.
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Language Courses
Each year, a full series of courses is offered at the beginning (Russian) and intermediate (Russian) levels. 

The beginning courses develop basic competence in reading, writing, speaking, and understanding the language. Students acquire basic communicative skills enabling them to to introduce themselves, ask for information, arrange transportation, order in a restaurant, describe their daily life, and carry on every-day conversations. The intermediate courses build upon the skills acquired in the first year. The structure of the grammar is reviewed, with a deepen and broaden students’ understanding of In the second year greater attention is paid to cultural components, including contemporary and historical Russian experience. Over the course of the year students read of authentic texts of increasing length and difficulty, and begin to write longer and more complex compositions. 

A rich series of audio, video, and web-based material is used in all levels of instruction.
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Major(s) in Russian
There are several ways to major in Russian at UCSC:

1) Language Studies with an emphasis in Russian

This major is designed to give students a foundation in theoretical and applied linguistics while they simultaneously pursue course work in the fields of Russian language, culture, and literature.

2) Global Economics with Russian as a language of concentration. 

3) An independent major in Russian Studies 

Students may design an independent major under the supervision of a senate faculty member in Russian Studies (listed below). 
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Study Abroad
The University of California encourages students to participate in the Education Abroad Program. The Russian program takes place in Fall and is based in Moscow. It is a semester program, and participating students earn credit for one half-year of study. Numerous other programs are also available for both summer and academic year study throughout Russia. Interested students should contact their Russian instructor or the Office of International Education at 107 Classroom Unit Building.
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Faculty

Russian Studies: 
Jonathan Beecher, History
Melissa Caldwell, Anthropology
Peter Kenez, History 
Jaye Padgett, Linguistics
Michael Urban, Politics
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