Comparative Literature and Languages



Dr. Igor Pustovoit Dr. Igor Pustovoit
Adjunct Professor
Russian Program Advisor
(516) 463-5434

Intermediate, Advanced Russian
Russian Literature and Culture

Dr. Vladimir KonovalioukDr. Vladimir Konovaliouk
Adjunct Associate Professor
(516) 463-5434

Elementary Russian


Russian Programs

Major | Minor

Russian Courses

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Use the prefix RUS (Russian) to find the most up-to-date information about Russian courses.

RUS 1 - Elementary Russian
Semester Hours: 3
Fall, SS1
Development of functional competence in all four language skills: speaking, reading, listening and writing while building a solid grammatical base and expanding cultural knowledge.
RUS 2 - Elementary Russian
Semester Hours: 3
Spring , SS2
Continuation of RUS 1.
Prerequisite(s)/Course Notes: RUS 1 or equivalent.
RUS 3 - Intermediate Russian
Semester Hours: 3
Grammar review. Conversational approach.
Prerequisite(s)/Course Notes: RUS 2 or equivalent.
RUS 4 - Intermediate Russian
Semester Hours: 3
Continuation of RUS 3.
Prerequisite(s)/Course Notes: RUS 3 or equivalent. Instructor permission required.
RUS101-106 – Advanced Russian 3
Semester Hours: 3
Prerequisite(s)/Course Notes: RUS 4 or equivalent. Instructor permission required.
RUS151 to 156 – (LT) Masterpieces of Russian Literature.
Semester Hours: 3
Prerequisite(s)/Course Notes: RUS 4 or equivalent.
LIT071 - (LT) Russian Culture and Literature: Between East and West
Semester Hours: 3
Russia has stood at the crossroads of civilizations, absorbing influences from both Western Europe and the Orient. The goal is to acquaint students with its history, religion, literature, arts, and popular culture. The course moves through cultural history of Russia chronologically and thematically, juxtaposing works from each major period and exploring profound ethical questions regarding human nature, society and culture.
LIT072 - (LT) The Age of Empire: Russian Literature of the 19th Century
Semester Hours: 3
A study of selected nineteenth-century Russian classics in their social and historical context. Issues such as conceptions of Russian nationhood, assertions of imperial authority, the social position of the elites and the intelligentsia, attitudes towards the common people are discussed. Authors to be read include Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Turgenev, Tolstoy, and Chekhov.
LIT073 – (LT) The 20th Century: Literature and the Revolution
Semester Hours: 3
The course introduces students to the twentieth-century Russian literature. We will focus on the intersection of literature and politics, and analyze related issues such as the fate of the individual human being in society and the role of the writer/artist within a collective. The course examines literary texts exemplifying both the positive dreams of the time of the October revolution, the imagined and real horrors that came in its aftermath, and the ways Russians cope with the recent past. Authors to be read include Gorky, Zamiatin, Bulgakov, Solzhenitsyn, Tokareva, and Pelevin.


1. GOLOSA textbook (RUS001-RUS004)

2. American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages

3. Russian Lessons On-line

4. On-line Russian Grammar

5. Russian Pronunciation Guide

6. Russian Idioms

7. SRAS - School of Asian and Russian Studies – Programs Abroad