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    Jun 13, 2024  
American University Catalog 2023-2024 
    
American University Catalog 2023-2024

Language and Area Studies: Russian/Area Studies (BA)


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Offered by the Department of World Languages and Cultures , College of Arts and Sciences , the Language and Area Studies: Russian/Area Studies (BA) is designed for students with a strong interest in a region of the world and in a language of that region. This innovative program achieves a balance between humanities and social sciences courses, combined with an advanced level of world language study.

Admission to the Program


Students must be approved by the department for formal admission to the major. Language coursework may be waived if high school or other preparation warrants it. Placement will be made in consultation with a departmental advisor.

University Requirements


AU Core Requirements


For additional information, see AU Core Curriculum .

Major Requirements


  • 51 credit hours with grades of C or better, including at least 18 credit hours at or above 300-level
    • Where appropriate, and with Faculty Advisory Committee approval, special topics courses may fulfill requirements
    • Up to 3 credit hours may be applied toward the major from an approved internship
    • Study abroad coursework may be used toward the major with Faculty Advisory Committee approval
  • Proficiency in Russian demonstrated by achieving a B (3.00) average or better for all RUSS  coursework taken in World Languages and Cultures  

Course Requirements


Foundation (9 credit hours)


Intercultural Communication


Complete 3 credit hours from the following:

Comparative Politics


Complete 3 credit hours from the following:

Russian Language (18 credit hours)


  • 18 credit hours from RUSS  coursework at or above 300-level

Area Studies (21 credit hours)


Humanities


Complete 15 credit hours in humanities courses, with at least 12 credit hours at or above 300-level, including 3 credit hours from HIST  courses and an additional 3 credit hours with a strong historical component, from the following, or other area studies courses approved by major advisor:

Capstone (3 credit hours)


Complete 3 credit hours from the following, other approved coursework in SIS comparative seminar, or topics or seminar course in World Languages and Cultures :

Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees


American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor’s/master’s programs. See Admission to a Combined Bachelor’s / Master’s Program  and Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees  for more information.

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