Russian BA/MA student Courtney Silver on her study abroad trip in Kazakhstan

Russian BA/MA student Courtney Silver on her study abroad trip in Kazakhstan

Russian BA/MA Requirements (pre July 1, 2019)

Highly motivated undergraduates majoring in Russian studies at CU-Boulder have the opportunity to enter a BAM (Bachelor’s–Accelerated Master’s) in Russian Studies program, thereby earning both the BA and the MA in five years. The concurrent degree program offers a unique academic credential designed to produce skilled graduates for a variety of occupations.

 

Russian BAM Application

Students should apply for the Russian BAM online.  Before filling out the online application, complete the Russian BAM Application.  The Russian BAM application should be uploaded to the online application, along with an unofficial CU transcript. Students should apply using the BAM Intent Application.

In most cases, students must make written application no later than April 1 of the sophomore year. Applications to the program from students with junior standing will be also considered on a case-to-case basis. An overall 3.0 GPA and 3.25 or higher for all Russian studies courses is required, as well as names of two recommenders.  No GRE is required.  Students should have completed most of their MAPS/Core requirements by the end of the sophomore year. Only CU-Boulder students may apply.

For more information on the BAM in Russian, contact Prof. Jillian Porter (jillian.porter@colorado.edu) or contact the Program Assistant, Karen Hawley (karen.hawley@colorado.edu, (303) 492-3529, McKenna 129.

Russian BAM Requirements (as of July 1, 2019)

BA Degree

Students complete requirements for the Russian Studies Major. Six 3000/4000 hours taken for the Russian BA may be counted toward the Russian MA. Students admitted to the BAM program can take 12 credit hours toward the MA while they are still completing their BA (these 12 hours include the 6 credit hours that count toward the BA and the MA). Note:  students should ensure they don't take over 12 hours toward toward their MA while they are still completing their BA.  If a student takes 13 hours, then they will lose one course (not just one credit hour).  With the exception of the 6 credit hours that can be counted toward both degrees, courses that will be used toward the MA degree cannot be used toward the BA degree.

Completion of BA Degree

Students will need to apply to graduate for the BA the semester they will complete the BA degree.  They will also need to apply for admission/continuation to the MA degree this same semester (students must begin the MA program within one academic year of completing their BA degree).  Students must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA to continue with the MA degree.

MA Application

Students will need to apply for the MA using the Master's Continuation Form the semester they complete the BA degree. Once a student is admitted to the MA degree, they will be changed to graduate status, will be charged graduate tuition, and will be eligible for TAships and graduate scholarships/fellowships.  Being changed to graduate status might affect a student's financial aid. BAM students will follow all graduate school rules for MA students once they have started their MA degree.

Graduate Courses

  • RUSS 5110, Slavic Culture and Society, 3 credits (required)
  • RUSS 5120, Post-Soviet Politics and Culture, 3 credits (required)
  • RUSS 5010, Advanced Russian Seminar 1, 4 credits (required*)
  • RUSS 5020, Advanced Russian Seminar 2, 4 credits (required*)
  • Pick either thesis or non-thesis option. Students are strongly advised to pursue the non-thesis option; consent of both the undergraduate advisor and graduate director is required to take the thesis option.

*Students with native Russian competence will be exempt from RUSS 5010 and 5020 and would need to take five 5000-level classes.

Non-thesis option

In addition to graduate courses listed above, a student has to take any four* 5000-level Russian courses, or any 5000-level course(s) from another department (such as history, political science, or geography) for which the student has consent of the graduate director.

*Students with native Russian competence will be exempt from RUSS 5010 and 5020 and would need to take six 5000-level classes.

Thesis option

In addition to the graduate courses listed above, a student has to take any three* 5000-level Russian courses, or any 5000-level course(s) from another department (such as history, political science, or geography)) for which the student has consent of the graduate director.

While working on the thesis during the last semester, a student should register for RUSS 6900, Master’s Thesis (4 hours) with her/his thesis adviser.

*Students with native Russian competence will be exempt from RUSS 5010 and 5020 and would need to take five 5000-level classes.

Examinations

The language proficiency exam is required of all BA/MA students.  Students generally take this exam at the beginning of their final semester (see the Russian MA Handbook, http://www.colorado.edu/gsll/graduate, for details on this exam). 

Non-thesis students will complete a written comprehensive exam followed by an oral final exam defense in their final semester. Students should follow the guidelines for the non-thesis option for Russian MA students in the Russian MA Handbook.

Students pursuing the thesis option should schedule their thesis defense during their final semester, and should follow the guidelines for the thesis option for Russian MA students in the Russian MA Handbook.

For more information on the BA/MA in Russian, contact the Graduate Faculty Advisor or contact the Program Assistant, Karen Hawley (karen.hawley@colorado.edu, (303) 492-3529, McKenna 129.