Russian and Eurasian Studies Program


The Russian Language Minor

Edward Vajda    

Edward Vajda 
Phone: (360) 650-4856
Office: Miller Hall 217D
BA, Indiana University
PhD in Slavic Linguistics, University of Washington
Research and teaching interests: morphology, historical linguistics, Russian and North Asian peoples and languages, in particular the Yeniseian family of Central Siberia.


First Year Sequence

Russian 110, 120 Elementary Russian (immersion courses taught entirely in Russian; 5 credits each; taught every other year during winter and spring quarter; first-year Russian is not taught in fall quarter). The next first year sequence will begin in winter 2019.
Russian 214 Russian Phonetics (a 2-credit course taught every other year spring quarter)

Second Year Sequence (alternating with the first year sequence, taught every other year during these academic years: 2017-18, 2019-2020, etc.)

Russian 201, 202, 203 Intermediate Russian (5 credits each)

Russian 214 (Russian Phonetics)

No upper-division courses in Russian are taught.

Eurasian Studies Sequence

Eurasian Studies 201 (Introduction to Russian Civilization, 5 credits, taught in English, fulfills Humanities GUR)

Eurasian Studies 210 (Nomads of Eurasia, 5 credits, taught in English; fulfills ACGM GUR)

Eurasian Studies 450 (Topics in Eurasian Studies, variable topics, taught in English, 3 credits)

Russian and Eurasian Studies Minor (27 credits)

Eurasian studies 201 and 210 (10 credits)

Russian 201, 202, 203 (15 credits; students with no background in Russian should also take Russian 110 and 120; students with extensive prior background in Russian may begin the sequence with Russian 201 or 202 (with instructor’s approval)

The remaining credits come from taking one course of either Russian 214 (Russian Phonetics, 2 credits) or Eurasian Studies 450 (Topics in Eurasian Studies, 3 credits)

External Links to Core Eurasian Studies Courses

The Russian section also offers two 5-credit classes in English that count toward General University Requirements (GUR) but not toward the Russian minor. These are Eurasian Studies 201 (Introduction to Russian Civilization), and Eurasian Studies 210 (Nomads of Eurasia). The latter course introduces the student to the native peoples of Siberia and Inner Asia.