B.A. in Languages and Cultures - Russian Concentration

College of Arts and Humanities
Academic Foundations
First Year Experience requirement4
English Composition requirement6-7
Mathematics requirement3-4
Interdisciplinary requirement3
Diverse Communities requirement3
Ethics requirement3
Distributed Disciplinary Foundations
Science requirement6-8
Behavioral & Social Science requirement6
Humanities requirement6
Arts requirement3
University Requirements
Writing Emphasis requirement9
Speaking Emphasis requirement9
Degree Requirements
Capstone requirement1-15
Major Language Courses 2
Tier 1: Language Skills
RUS 101Elementary Russian I 33
RUS 102Elementary Russian II 33
RUS 201Intermediate Russian I 43
RUS 202Intermediate Russian II 43
Tier 2: Proficiency
Select one of the following options:6
Option 1
Advanced Grammar and Composition I
Advanced Oral Russian I
Option 2
Advanced Grammar and Composition II
Advanced Oral Russian II
Tier 3: Competency Content 5
Select one course from each of the following groups:9
Literary Analysis
Advanced Readings in Russian Literature
Cultural Analysis
Russian Civilization I
Language and Linguistics
Seminar in Russian
Second Language Requirement
Demonstration of proficiency in a second language through the Intermediate II level, by placement testing or course work through 202 (credit by examination and/or CLEP permitted).3-12
Connections: common to all languages
LAN 327Introduction to Linguistics for Language 63
LNC 368Comparative Cultural Studies3
Immersion Experience 7
Immersion study and /or internship work experience is an essential component of the B.A.L.C. curriculum. Languages and cultures are inextricably entwined. The goal of the immersion experience, which is a requirement for graduation, is to enable students to apply linguistic and cultural knowledge in an authentic social context, and for them to experience the challenges and the gratification of living in another culture.3-12
Capstone Requirement
Select one of the following:3
The Russian Novel 8
The Russian Drama 8
Independent Studies in Russian Language 8
Seminar in Russian 8
The number of hours available depends on the student’s level of second language proficiency. The student may choose to apply some of these to additional advanced courses in the major area or to continue second or third language study.
Total Minimum Credits Required120

For French, German, and Spanish majors; FRE 101, GER 101, and SPA 101-SPA 201 may only fulfill general education student elective requirements, and/or overall graduation credits. These courses will not fulfill their respective major requirements.


Minimum grade of C required in all courses.


RUS 103 may be taken in place of RUS 101 and RUS 102.


RUS 203 may be taken in place of RUS 201 and RUS 202.


Students may substitute 400-level courses in Tier 3.


LIN 230/ENG 230 may substitute.


See the department chairperson and student handbook for option


This course fulfills the Capstone requirement.

To track their individual degree progress, students are advised to access their Degree Progress Report (DPR) via myWCU regularly. For more information, visit wcupa.edu/DegreeProgressReport.

The following is a sample suggested course sequence for this program; course offerings and availability are not guaranteed. Students should consult their academic advisor with any questions.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Semester OneCredits
RUS 103 Intensive Elementary Russian I-II 6
WRT 120 Effective Writing I 3
MAT XXXMath Gen Ed 3
FYE 100XFirst Year Experience 4
Semester Two
RUS 203 Intensive Intermediate Russian II 6
CLS 165 Introduction to World Literature 3
LNC 110 Global Human Rights in Cultural Production 3
WRT 2XX200-Level WRT Course 3
Year Two
Semester Three
RUS 301 Advanced Grammar and Composition I 3
ANT 102 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3
LAN 327 Introduction to Linguistics for Language 3
PSC 201 Politics of Diversity in the U.S. 3
Second Language 101 3
Semester Four
RUS 302 Advanced Grammar and Composition II 3
CSC 110 Fundamentals in Computer Science 3
ESP 324 Latinos in the U.S. 3
GEO 104 Introduction to Geospatial Technology and Analytics 3
Second Language 102 3
Elective 3
Year Three
Semester Five
LNC 368 Comparative Cultural Studies 3
RUS 303 Advanced Readings in Russian Literature 3
ESP 300 Latin-American Culture and Civilization (In English) 3
Second Language 201 3
Elective 3
Semester Six
RUS 402 The Russian Drama 3
RUS 408 Advanced Oral Russian II 3
RUS 411 Seminar in Russian 3
Second Language 202 3
Elective 3
Year Four
Semester Seven
(Study abroad)  
RUS 407 Advanced Oral Russian I 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Semester Eight
RUS 410 Independent Studies in Russian Language 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Total Credits121