WVU?s newly revamped Russian program boasts exciting new courses and expanding enrollments. Coordinated by Dr. Lisa Di Bartolomeo, the Russian language course offerings include courses at various levels, all of which work on the four main skills of language use: speaking, understanding, reading, and writing. Courses at the 300-level may emphasize conversation and composition through the study of film, or reading, writing, and speaking through an examination of Classical nineteenth-century Russian literature.
Russian language courses 101-102 and 203-204 also count towards WVU and the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences General Education Curriculum, fulfilling GEC Objectives 8 (Western Culture) and 9 (Non-Western Culture), and contribute toward majors such as International Studies.
In addition to Russian language courses, the program also offers a wide range of courses which examine and analyze Russian and East European culture, literature, and cinema, including FLIT 272 (Russian Fairy Tales), FLIT 273 (Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature in Translation), 274 (Twentieth-Century Russian Literature in Translation), 275 (Sci Fi: East/West), 276 (Vampire: Blood and Revolution!), 371 (The Holocaust in East European Literature and Film).
Such courses not only contribute to majors such as Russian Studies (RUST), Slavic and East European Studies (SEES), and International Studies (INST), but also fulfill GEC Objectives. FLIT 272, 275, 276 and 371 have also been designated as Writing courses. See the list of GEC-approved courses at http://www.arc.wvu.edu/courses/GEC.html .