The major in German Studies is an interdisciplinary program focusing on the study of the German language, its manifestations in history, and its usage in the current cultural and social context. The program leads to a bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree. You will study the literary, artistic, and philosophical aspects of German culture in the past and present, as well as the major historical events and developments in Germany and its neighboring countries. You will develop an understanding of the current political institutions and dynamics in Germany within the broader European framework.

The Russian major equips you to understand Russian society, culture and history and gain competence in Russian language. You will become familiar with the outlines of Russian culture from the Middle Ages to the present, including the major Russian artistic/ literary movements of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and their relationship with political, economic and social developments. Beyond basic communication skills, you will develop the ability to read non-fiction and fiction in Russian, to appreciate how culture is expressed through language, and to respond to literary texts as works of art. The program leads to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Russian Studies.

As a foreign language major, you will have the skills, information, and concepts that are relevant to careers in virtually every area. A knowledge of foreign language is extremely useful in business, industry, commerce, the civil or foreign service, law, library science, the media, the natural sciences, economics, public administration, government, the health professions, the social sciences, and teaching.

Students interested in German or Russian may consider a double major in order to increase their career opportunities. Prospective teachers might consider double majoring or minoring in Education, another humanities discipline, or foreign language, while those preparing for a career in government service or business should benefit from a combination of German or Russian and a social sciences major such as International Affairs, Political Science, or History.

Career Services (www.colorado.edu/career) helps students discover who they are, what they want to do, and how to get there. They are the bridge between academics and the world of work. 

Career Services offers free services for all CU-Boulder degree-seeking students, and alumni up to one year after graduation. Meet individually the staff to discuss major and career exploration, internship or job searching, and graduate school preparation.

The experience of studying abroad can be invaluable for you as a student of Germanic or Slavic languages. Because the most satisfying way to learn a language is to live it, we strongly encourage you to consider study abroad. Students of German may be particularly interested in the full—year exchange programs at the University of Regensburg, or at the Free University of Berlin in Germany, or a summer intensive program in Berlin. Students of Swedish can study at Uppsala University in Sweden. For students of Russian, CU runs a global seminar in St. Petersburg during the summers, and students can choose from a number of summer, semester, and year-long programs run by other organizations.

For more information, call the Office of International Education at 303-492-7741 or stop by the office in the Center for Community. Find the home page at: http://studyabroad.colorado.edu/.

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) offers students a chance to work alongside a faculty sponsor on original research. Learn to write proposals, conduct research, pursue creative work, analyze data and present the results. For more information, call UROP at 303-492-6802, http://enrichment.colorado.edu/urop/.

Four Year Plan

Please speak with your advisor for specific recommendations; the following is intended to be a general outline only and there may be flexibility to this plan. The following plan assumes placement in the beginning level of the language. If you have any previous experience in the language, the appropriate course will be determined through a placement test, transfer credit, or AP/IB credit.
 

German 4-Year Plan
Average 30 credits per year

 

First Year - Fall Semester
GRMN 1010
(5): Beginning German 1 (Language prerequisite, does not fulfill GRMN credit requirement)
GRMN (3): Major course taught in English (At least 2 required, see Degree Audit for choices)
CORE (3): Skills Acquisition (example: Quantitative Reasoning & Mathematical Skills)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Historical Context)
Elective/MAPS (3)

First Year - Spring Semester
GRMN 1020
(5): Beginning German 2 (Language prerequisite, does not fulfill GRMN credit requirement)
CORE (3): Skills Acquisition (example: Lower-Division Written Communication)
GRMN (3): Major course taught in English (At least 2 required, see Degree Audit for choices)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science)
http://www.colorado.edu/artsandsciences/student-resources/core-curriculum/natural-science
Elective/MAPS (3)


Second Year - Fall Semester
GRMN 2010
(4): Intermediate German 1 (Complete both GRMN 2010 and 2020 or replace both with GRMN 2030)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Ideals & Values)
GRMN (3): Culture, Literature, and other electives (Additional courses to fulfill 21 credit total requirement)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science)
Elective/MAPS (3)

Second Year - Spring Semester
GRMN 2020
(4): Intermediate German 2 (Complete both GRMN 2010 and 2020 or replace both with GRMN 2030)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: US Context)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science)
Elective (3):


Third Year - Fall Semester
GRMN 3010
(3): Advanced German 1
CORE/Elective (3): Elective
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Human Diversity)
CORE (3): Skills Acquisition (example: Upper-Division Written Communication)
Elective/MAPS (3)

Third Year - Spring Semester
GRMN 3020
(3): Advanced German 2
GRMN (3): Major course taught in German (At least 2 required, see Degree Audit for choices. Grmn 3030 is a good first choice)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Contemporary Societies)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science)
Elective/MAPS (3)


Fourth Year - Fall Semester
GRMN 4010
(3): Advanced Grammar and Stylistics
GRMN 4550 (3): Senior Seminar
CORE (3):
Elective/MAPS (3)
Elective/MAPS (3)

Fourth Year - Spring Semester
GRMN
(3): Major course taught in German (At least 2 required, see Degree Audit for choices)
Elective/MAPS (3)
Elective/MAPS (3)
Elective/MAPS (3)

Please speak with your advisor for specific recommendations; the following is intended to be a general outline only and there may be flexibility to this plan. The following plan assumes placement in the beginning level of the language. If you have any previous experience in the language, the appropriate course will be determined through a placement test, transfer credit, or AP/IB credit.
 

Russian - Track A: Russian Language and Culture, 4-Year Plan
Average 30 credits per year.

First Year – Fall Semester
RUSS 1010
(4): Beginning Russian 1 (If needed, does not fulfill Russian major course requirements)
RUSS Period (3): 19th Century an Earlier (See Degree Audit for choices)
CORE (3): Skills Acquisition (example: Quantitative Reasoning & Mathematical Skills)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Historical Context)
Elective/MAPS (3)

First Year - Spring Semester
RUSS 1020
(4): Beginning Russian 2 (If needed, does not fulfill Russian major course requirements)
RUSS Period (3): 20th and 21st Centuries (See Degree Audit for choices)
CORE (3): Skills Acquisition (example: Lower-Division Written Communication)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science)
http://www.colorado.edu/artsandsciences/student-resources/core-curriculum/natural-science
Elective/MAPS (3)


Second Year - Fall Semester
RUSS
2010 (4): Second-Year Russian 1
RUSS (3): Major Course
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Historical Context)
Elective/MAPS (3)

Second Year - Spring Semester
RUSS 2020
(4): Second-Year Russian 2
RUSS (3): Major Course
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: US Context)
Elective/MAPS (3)


Third Year - Fall Semester
RUSS
3010 (4): Third-Year Russian 1
Elective/MAPS (3):
CORE (3): Skills Acquisition (example: Upper-Division Written Communication)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Human Diversity)
Elective/MAPS (3)

Third Year - Spring Semester
RUSS
3020 (4): Third-Year Russian 2
RUSS (3): Culture/Society course (See Degree Audit for choices.  May replace this requirement with 6 hours of upper-division study-abroad Russian language courses)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Contemporary Societies)
Elective/MAPS (3)
Elective/MAPS (3)


Fourth Year - Fall Semester
RUSS 4010
(3): Advanced Russian (Two course required, see Degree Audit for choices)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Ideals & Values)
Elective (3):
Elective/MAPS (3)
Elective/MAPS (3)

Fourth Year - Spring Semester
RUSS 4020
(3): Advanced Russian (Two course required, see Degree Audit for choices)
RUSS (3): One additional language course (see Degree Audit for choices)
Elective/MAPS (3)
Elective/MAPS (3)

Please speak with your advisor for specific recommendations; the following is intended to be a general outline only and there may be flexibility to this plan. The following plan assumes placement in the beginning level of the language. If you have any previous experience in the language, the appropriate course will be determined through a placement test, transfer credit, or AP/IB credit.
 

Russian - Track B: Russian Literature and Culture, 4-Year Plan
Average 30 credits per year.

 

First Year – Fall Semester
RUSS 1010
(4): Beginning Russian 1 (If needed, does not fulfill Russian major course requirements)
RUSS (3): 1000/2000 level Aspects of Russian/Soviet/Post-Soviet Culture (Two courses required, see Degree Audit for choices)
CORE (3): Skills Acquisition (example: Quantitative Reasoning & Mathematical Skills)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Historical Context)
Elective/MAPS (3)

First Year - Spring Semester
RUSS 1020
(4): Beginning Russian 2 (If needed, does not fulfill Russian major course requirements)
RUSS (3): 2000 Level Literature/Film (See Degree Audit for choices)
CORE (3): Skills Acquisition (example: Lower-Division Written Communication)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science)
http://www.colorado.edu/artsandsciences/student-resources/core-curriculum/natural-science
Elective/MAPS (3)


Second Year - Fall Semester
RUSS
2010 (4): Second-Year Russian 1
RUSS (3): 3000/4000 level Aspects of Russian/Soviet/Post-Soviet Culture (Two courses required, see Degree Audit for choices)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Historical Context)
Elective/MAPS (3)

Second Year - Spring Semester
RUSS 2020
(4): Second-Year Russian 2
RUSS (3): 3000/4000 level Major Course
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: US Context)
Elective/MAPS (3)


Third Year - Fall Semester
RUSS 4821
(3): 20th Century Russian Literature
CORE (3): Skills Acquisition (example: Upper-Division Written Communication)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Human Diversity)
Elective/MAPS (3)
Elective/MAPS (3)

Third Year - Spring Semester
RUSS 4811
(3): 19th Century Russian Literature
RUSS (3): Major Course 2000-4000 RUSS or GSLL or other course pertaining to Russia (Need Advisor Consent)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Contemporary Societies)
Elective/MAPS (3)
Elective/MAPS (3)


Fourth Year - Fall Semester
RUSS
(3): 3000/4000 Level Literature/Film (Two courses required, see Degree Audit for choices)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Ideals & Values)
Elective/MAPS (3)
Elective/MAPS (3)
Elective/MAPS (3)

Fourth Year - Spring Semester
RUSS
(3): 3000/4000 Level Literature/Film (Two courses required, see Degree Audit for choices)
Elective/MAPS (3)
Elective/MAPS (3)
Elective/MAPS (3)

Please speak with your advisor for specific recommendations; the following is intended to be a general outline only and there may be flexibility to this plan. The following plan assumes placement in the beginning level of the language. If you have any previous experience in the language, the appropriate course will be determined through a placement test, transfer credit, or AP/IB credit.
 

Russian - Track C: Russian for Heritage Speakers, 4-Year Plan
Average 30 credits per year.

First Year – Fall Semester
RUSS 3060
(4): Advanced Russian for Heritage Speakers 1
RUSS (3): 2000 level Russian major course
CORE (3): Skills Acquisition (example: Quantitative Reasoning & Mathematical Skills)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Historical Context)
Elective/MAPS (3)

First Year - Spring Semester
RUSS 4060
(4): Advanced Russian for Heritage Speakers 2
RUSS (3): 2000 Level 19th, 20th or 21st centuries major course
CORE (3): Skills Acquisition (example: Lower-Division Written Communication)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science)
http://www.colorado.edu/artsandsciences/student-resources/core-curriculum/natural-science
Elective/MAPS (3)


Second Year - Fall Semester
RUSS
(3): 2000-4000 level 19th, 20th or 21st centuries major course
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Historical Context)
Elective/MAPS (3)
Elective/Maps (3)

Second Year - Spring Semester
RUSS (3): 3000/4000 level Major Course
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: US Context)
Elective/MAPS (3)
Elective/Maps


Third Year - Fall Semester
RUSS
(3): 3000/4000 level Russian major course
CORE (3): Skills Acquisition (example: Upper-Division Written Communication)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Human Diversity)
Elective/MAPS (3)
Elective/MAPS (3)

Third Year - Spring Semester
RUSS
 (3): 3000/4000 level Russian major course
RUSS (3): Major Course 2000-4000 RUSS or GSLL or other course pertaining to Russia (Need Advisor Consent)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Contemporary Societies)
Elective/MAPS (3)
Elective/MAPS (3)


Fourth Year - Fall Semester
RUSS
(3): 3000/4000 Level Literature/Film (Two courses required, see Degree Audit for choices)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Ideals & Values)
Elective/MAPS (3)
Elective/MAPS (3)
Elective/MAPS (3)

Fourth Year - Spring Semester
RUSS
(3): 3000/4000 Level Literature/Film (Two courses required, see Degree Audit for choices)
Elective/MAPS (3)
Elective/MAPS (3)
Elective/MAPS (3)