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Current Russian and REES Courses

What is REES?

Russian and East European studies (REES) is an interdisciplinary program studying the peoples of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia in their historical and international context. The major combines language study, the arts and humanities, historical inquiry and the social sciences. Currently, nine faculty members housed in five different departments regularly teach classes that count towards the REES major. Students may petition for the inclusion of other courses, if at least half of the course material covers topics related to Russia, Eastern Europe, or Central Asia.

All Russian and REES majors are required to complete the equivalent of 4th-semester Russian (RUSS 44) and an additional 8 courses in the major, including the Junior/Senior Research Seminar (RUSS 190), and the Senior Exercise (RUSS 191). Majors are strongly encouraged to study abroad in Russia during one semester of their Junior Year.

Minors must complete the equivalent of RUSS 44 and four courses in Russian or REES.

Students from across the Claremont Colleges are welcome to major or minor in either Russian or REES through Pomona College, though certain college-specific regulations may apply.  If you are considering majoring or minoring in Russian or REES, please contact the Russian Program Coordinator as soon as possible to come up with a plan of study that best meets your interests.

Courses Taught in English

RUST 079 PO - Russian Short Fiction: Tales of Passion, Crime, Wars, and Revolutions
Larissa Rudova
A survey of nineteenth, twentieth-, and twenty-first-century Russian fiction, focusing on the individual, social, and political dilemmas faced by central characters in the context of Russian culture and history. Theoretical issues of narrative strategies and literary techniques. Authors include Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Bulgakov, Nabokov, Pasternak, Petrushevskaia, and Pelevin. All readings in English.

RUST 104 PO - Tolstoy: Writing Love in the Modern World
Konstantine Klioutchkine
The course explores Tolstoy's novels Anna Karenina, The Kreutzer Sonata, and Family Happiness. In Tolstoy, the notion of love evokes diverse forms of affect, emphasizing a combination of vision and blindness, control and abandon, agency and subjection as fundamental to human experience. Tolstoy's novels suggest that love continually calls for exploration, clarification, and re-articulation. Writing and reading-and especially writing and reading fictions-emerge as essential to experiencing and understanding love. The course explores Tolstoy's novels in order to address the logic of affect in the modern world, the world that gains influential accounts in classic fiction and continues with us today.

PO HIST 178: World War Two
Pey-Yi Chu

CM History 134, Dostoevskii's Russia
Gary Hamburg

Courses Taught in Rusian

RUSS 001 PO - Elementary Russian
Anne Dwyer
Acquisition of basic oral and written communication. Introduction to the structure of the language. Intensive oral practice

RUSS 033 PO - Intermediate Russian
Larissa Rudova
Further study in the Russian language, including reading, conversation, grammar and composition. Prerequisite: RUSS 002 PO.

RUSS 011 PO - Conversation: Contemporary Russian Language and Culture
Open to all students except native speakers. Credit for satisfactory participation in Oldenborg Center activities and two conversation classes weekly. Cumulative, one-fourth course credit; graded P/NC. Does not satisfy the foreign language requirement. Limited to one enrollment per semester and a cumulative total of one course credit. Prerequisite: RUSS 001 PO

RUSS 013 PO - Advanced Conversation
Open to all students except native speakers. Credit for satisfactory participation in Oldenborg Center activities and two conversation classes weekly. Prerequisite: two years of college-level language study or equivalent. Cumulative, one-quarter course credit; graded P/NC. Does not satisfy the foreign language requirement. Limited to one enrollment per semester and a cumulative total of one course credit. Each semester. Prerequisite: RUSS 033 PO.