Learning By Doing
There is no better way to learn the language and culture of Russia than to live there for several months. In order to help students achieve a high level of proficiency in the Russian language, Stetson gives them the opportunity to study with the faculty of thepremier Russian university, Moscow State University. Each semester Stetson sends to Moscow up to ten students who study the language intensively at the Center for International Education of Moscow State. The three-month stay in Russia includes many opportunities to use the language in real-life situations and to observe Russians in their daily life. (The picture here shows Hillary and Megan during their side trip to Suzdal in 2004.)
Russian Studies majors have numerous opportunities for learning beyond the classroom in the United States. They practice their Russian at the weekly Russian Table (Russkii Stol). They get to know exchange students from Commonwealth of Independent States. They often are called upon to guide Russian visitors around campus. Through the student-led Russian Club they sponsor a variety of activities that enrich their own and other students' appreciation of things Russian.
A vital part of the undergraduate education as Stetson is the senior thesis. In this project, students not only become experts in their chosen topic, but hone their research, writing, and analytical skills that will serve them throughout their careers.
Recent senior research papers have included the following:
- Karen Lazar. "The Rhetoric of Environmental Exploitation in the Soviet Union" (1994)
- Kathleen Shanas. "Soviet Youth Culture in the Gorbachev Era" (1995)
- Laura Hutson. "American and Russian Perceptions of Philanthropy" (1995)
- Aimee Halleen. "Stalin and Film" (1998)
- Ronika Jindal. "The Role of the Wives of the Decembrists in Russian Literature" (1999)
- Bret Barrowman. "Factors Affecting the Institutionalization of Russia's Parties of Power" (2003) (double major with political dcience)
- Robert James Hargrave. "Rewriting an Ancestor: Konstantin Balmont's Russia Poe" (2003) (double major with English)
- Chanele Brothers Muntean, "Turkmenistan's Role on the World Stage: Energy Diplomacy" (2003)
- Judy Chmura. "Infectiousness of Art on Immorality in Tolstoy's Kreutzer Sonata" (2004)
- David Houston, "Art, Theurgy, and Tragedy in Aleksandr Blok's 'The Twelve'" (2005)
- Hillary Gage, "The Questionable Martyrdom of Metropolitan Sergius and the Salvation of the Russian Orthodox Church" (2005)
- Megan Champagne, "A Bakhtinian Reading of Marcel Proust's 'A la Recherche du Temps Perdu': Involuntary Memory Through the Theory of Polyphony" (2005)
- Lee Phillips, "The Militarization of the Russian Civil Service Elite: A Developmental Trend in the Post-Cold War World" (2005)
- Adam Richardson, "The Abkhaz-Georgian Ethnic Conflict: The Present-Day Situation and Its Roots in Soviet Policies" (2005)
- Ekaterina Levintsova, "Beslan: An Analysis of Russia's Response to the School Hostage Crisis, the Justifications of the Attackers, and the Historical Trends of Russo-Chechen Conflict" (2006) (double major with international business)
Internships during vacation periods are available.