Minor Tracks

The Department offers minors in: (a) Russian language, (b) Russian literature (requiring no knowledge of Russian), (c) Russian language, literature, and culture, and (d) Slavic languages/ literatures with an emphasis in Czech, Polish, or BCS (Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian) language and literature.

Requirements: The minor is in a field academically distinct from the student’s major. An overall grade-point average of 2.0 in upper-division courses applied to the minor program is required. Courses fulfilling minor requirements must be taken for a letter grade. At least three of the required upper division courses must be taken at Berkeley.

Restrictions to Minors: Heritage and native speakers of Russian may choose any minor except the minor in Russian Language. Heritage and native speakers of East European languages may choose any minor except the minor in their native/heritage language. Note: Heritage or native proficiency is determined by the Major Advisor in consultation with the faculty language coordinators. Final approval for a minor rests with the Major Advisor.

Confirmation or “Declaration” of a Minor: Students considering a minor track involving language requirements must see the Major Advisor early on to have their status as a heritage or native speaker determined, to be referred for language placement as needed, and to have their major study list plan approved. The paperwork for the minor, called an L&S Confirmation of Minor form, is completed with the Major Advisor the semester in which the student will earn his/her degree, and no later than the last two weeks of classes in the student’s final semester. Students are required to bring a Bear Facts copy of their transcript when they meet with the Major Advisor to finalize their minor.

Minor in Russian Language, Literature, and Culture

Total Upper-Division Units: 15-20

Prerequisite: Four semesters of elementary/intermediate Russian (Russian 1, 2, 3, & 4 or equivalent). Russian heritage speakers should see language placement approval instructions.

Five upper-division courses (3 or 4 units each) in Russian language and/or Russian and other Slavic literatures and cultures. These courses may be chosen in any combination by the student, in consultation with the Major Advisor. A course from another related program (for example, comparative literature) may be substituted with approval of the Major Advisor.


Minor in Russian Language

Total Upper-Division Units: 16-20

Prerequisite: Four semesters of elementary/intermediate Russian (Russian 1, 2, 3, & 4 or equivalent)

Four semesters of advanced Russian (Russia 103A & 103B, plus two courses chosen from Slavic 104A*, 104B*, 180, 181, 182, or 188), Advanced Russian Conversation (Russian 120A or B)

*Not currently offered.

Minor in Russian Literature

Total Upper-Division Units: 19-20

Prerequisite: Surveys of Russian literature (Slavic 45 & 46)

One course on the culture of Russia or other Slavic nation chosen from Slavic 130, 138, 140, 147A or B, 148, 150, 160, or 170

Four courses in Russian literature chosen from Slavic 132, 133, 134 (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, N), 180*, 181, 182, 188

*Infrequently offered.

Minor in Czech, Polish, BCS (Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian) Language and Literature

Total Upper-Division Units: 17-18

Prerequisite: Appropriate first-year language sequence (Polish 25A-B, Czech 26A-B, BCS 27A-B or equivalent)

Two advanced language courses (Polish 115A-B, Czech 116A-B, or BCS 117A-B), and one literature survey (Slavic 150, 160, or 170)

Two courses in the relevant literature (Slavic 151 and 152 or 161 and 162 or 171 and 172) or substitutes approved by the Major Advisor.