Russian Studies Abroad- Moscow provides a broad educational foundation for students planning a professional career with ties to Russia. With a program coreof intensive language study and cultural immersion, combined with courses covering subjects from culture and history to politics and economics, you'll gain a wider, fuller, first-hand perspective on Russia for your future career in government, business, or academics.
A single semester, or the first semester for academic year students includes a required core of intensive language and culture studies. Students may then add to this any two electives from a range of choices covering everything from business to politics to art.
- Dates and Costs -
Spring, 2014:Cost: $10 650* Feb 3 - May 24, 2014 (Apply by Oct 15, 2013)
Fall, 2014: Cost: $10 650* Sept 3 - Dec 14, 2014 (Apply by May 15, 2014)
Full Year:$20 200* (TBC) Sept 3, 2014 - May 22, 2015 (Apply by May 15, 2014)
LAN 101-303 Russian Language Intensive courses offered at five different levels, from beginning to advanced. Class size is small (3-8 students). 9 credits. Prerequisites: none
ART/LIT/SOC/HIS/POL/ECO 381: Russian Studies Seminar A survey course of Russian society and culture. The course objective is to understand the development of the Russian culture over the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. (More Info) 3 credits. Prerequisites: none
Electives (Choose two + three back-up; Courses offered subject to minimal enrollment.)
Business, Law & Diplomacy Courses
BUS/ECO/POL 342 Political Economy of Russia This course introduces students to the political economy of Russia, and to a lesser extent, of the other states of the ex-Soviet Union. "Political economy" refers to a strongly interactive process of economic factors driving political decision-making. The course begins with an examination of the command economy of the USSR and proceeds to an examination of perestroika. The major portion of the course is an examination of the policies of the post-Soviet government with a focus on current policies. 3 credits.** Prerequisites: none
BUS/ECO 534 Russian Business Practice This course examines economic, political, cultural and demographic conditions and trends that influence business practices and investments in Russia. The course will identify issues managers face in developing countries in key business areas, including finance, marketing, personnel management and organization, production and governmental relations. 3 credits.** Prerequisites: none
POL 335 Russian Political System Students will explore Russia’s main political and legal structures, learn about economic reforms and challenges, as well as domestic and foreign policy. The first part of the course (three lectures) provides a brief survey of Russian Imperial and Soviet history and introduces historical legacies that play an important role in Russian politics today. In the second part of the course we will explore in depth contemporary Russia’s political, economic and legal structures and challenges as well as the country’s efforts to find its new place in the world. 3 credits.** Prerequisites: none
POL 435 Legal Structure in Russia The goal of this course is to provide an understanding of Russia’s current legal and political system. Topics include the influence of poverty and wealth on the legal and political system, rise of capitalism and its effect on politics, legal and political reforms under the Gorbachev, Yeltzen and Putin administrations, and intellectual property rights. 3 credits.** Prerequisites: none
POL/BUS 421 Professional Internship Students participate in a professional internship at a company, not-for-profit organization, or law firm. Internship positions include, but not limited to, business (accounting, finance, marketing, etc.), international relations and law. Internships are supervised by MSU faculty and/or SRAS Program Coordinator. Credit is awarded based on satisfactory completion of work and academic expectations, including a daily journal and final paper. One credit hour is awarded for every 40 work hours. Note that the internship elective should be paired with either Russian language OR electives only as schedule does not allow for a full class load. 3 credits.** Prerequisites: none
Russian Language & Culture Courses
ART 266 Russian Art Examination of the art of Russia, from icons of the 12th century to contemporary art. Particular attention is given to understanding this art in its cultural and historical context and to the elucidation of the Russian tradition as a part of European art history. Artists discussed include Rublev, Repin, Petrov-Vodkin, Malevich, and Goncharova. 3 credits.** Prerequisites: none
COM 340 Mass Media in Russia Introduces the student to the history and development of the various mass media in Russia, including newspapers, magazines, radio, and television, with emphasis on news media. Students also discuss current issues and trends within the context of the new communications environment created by digital information technologies. Attention is given to the role of advertising, public relations, media ownership, and the public in shaping the content of mass communication. 3 credits.** Prerequisites: none
HIS 371 Russian History Russian history is much more than leaders and their personalities. The Russian people have been resilient through centuries of chaos, wars, famines and revolution. It is a history rich in culture and texture far different from America's. Russian history is a complex story that has been greatly debated and contested in the west for the past fifty years. We will sample the different interpretations, primary documents and some literature to discuss the evolution of Russia in the twentieth century. Come with enthusiasm and all will be well. 3 credits.** Prerequisites: none
LIT 223 Russian Literature A survey of 19th century through contemporary Russian literature, including major works by Pushkin, Lermontov, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Babel, Olesha and Zamiatin. Along with issues of narrative technique and style, the course also deals with some of the central questions of the Russian literary tradition: Russia's relation to the East and West, the problem of the "superfluous man," the generation gap between "fathers and sons," the nature of the "moral life," the feasibility of radical social change, issues of the "new man" and "new woman," the role of the intellectual in the "new world." 3 credits.** Prerequisites: none
RS 421 Community Internship Students participate in community service at a non-governmental-organization (NGO) or volunteer organization. Internships are supervised by MSU faculty and/or SRAS Program Coordinator. Note that the internship elective should be paired with either Russian language OR electives only as schedule does not allow for a full class load. Credit: N/A.** Prerequisites: none
*Prerequisites: Minimum GPA of 2.5 overall and 3.0 in major courses. No former knowledge of Russian required.
*Program Objectives: Two semesters of RS-100/200/300 is the equivalent of two to three years of college-level Russian at home. You will gain the language skills to be a strong candidate in many career opportunities in and related to Russia. After this academic year, we recommend continued studies in specific courses or internships related to your academic and professional objectives.
*About the Classes: All courses are taught in English and designed to fulfill credit requirements in multiple areas. Your classmates will be mostly North Americans and West Europeans. When you arrive for your program, you will be placed in a group according to your language level, as determined by a short written or oral exam. Depending on your level, you may be placed in a group that is already formed, or with other new arrivals of the same level.
**Credit Transfer and Transcripts: How many credits your home university may award depends entirely on your home university. SRAS recommends discussing this with your advisor and SRAS before you apply. Students planning on applying for credit transfer must read our FAQ page for more info. The program is hosted by Moscow State University (MSU), the premier institution of higher learning in Russia. Academic credit and transcripts are issued by The State University of New York, the university of record for this program and an accredited American university. The university of record assumes responsibility to evaluate and monitor academic standards for this SRAS program.