Russian Philosophy and Literature

The track in Russian and Philosophy offers students the opportunity to gain a command of the Russian language and literary tradition, while gaining a background in philosophical thought, broadly construed. They take courses alongside students in other departments participating in the program in Philosophical and Literary Thought, with administrative staff in the DLCL.

Prerequisites—Completion of SLAVLANG 51, 52, 53, or the equivalent as determined by the results of the department placement examination.

Candidates for the B.A. degree with a concentration in Russian and Philosophy must complete an additional 67 units according to the following distribution:

Russian Language—A minimum of 12 units selected from the following: SLAVLANG 111, 112, 113, 177, 178, 179, 181, 182, 183.

Russian Literature—A minimum of 16 units of Russian literature, including the following:
  • SLAVGEN 145 and 146
  • SLAVGEN 147 or 148
  • SLAVLIT 187 or 188
Electives—At least 12 units of electives in Russian language and literature, selected in consultation with the undergraduate director.

Philosophy and Literature Gateway Course (4 units): FRENGEN 181 (same as PHIL 81).

Philosophy Writing in Major (5 units): PHIL 80.

Philosophy Core—12 units, including the following:
  • Value Theory: a course in the PHIL 170 series
  • Theories of Mind, Language, Action: a course in the PHIL 180 series
  • History of Philosophy: a course from the PHIL 100-139 series
Related Course—An upper-division course of special relevance to philosophy and literature. A list of approved courses is available here.

Capstone Seminar—To be taken in the senior year, and selected from a list of seminars approved by the director of the program in philosophical and literary thought.

Majors who concentrate in Russian and Philosophy must earn a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 (C) or better in order to receive credit toward the major. Courses in other departments may not, in general, be counted toward the Russian language, Russian literature, and elective requirements, but may be counted toward the other requirements.

Monika Greenleaf

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