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Graduate Study in Russian at USC

Graduate Study

The University of South Carolina does not have a graduate degree program in Russian. However, the Russian Program regularly offers courses in literature, culture, and linguistics at the 500 level, which may be taken for graduate credit. Russian faculty also teach graduate courses in USC's graduate programs in Comparative Literature and Linguistics, and students in those programs can choose Russian as one of their fields of study. These students may also enroll in RUSS 790, Directed Reading and Research, for graduate independent study credit.

Advising and Theses

Undergraduate majors and minors in Russian are advised by the Russian Program director, Dr. Ogden. All program faculty members take an active interest in their students' studies and are happy to be consulted about programs of study or other issues. Program faculty members are also active as directors or readers of Honors theses, master's theses, and dissertations in Russian, Comparative Literature, and English; theses recently directed by members of the program include:

  • Holcombe, Jennifer. Honors thesis project on poetry inspired by the films of Paradjanov. SC Honors College, 2009.
  • White, Kate. "The Role of Orthodoxy in Contemporary Russian Culture." Honors thesis, SC Honors College, 2009.
  • Anisimova, Irina. "Primitivist Modernism: Representations of Identity and Social Crises," Ph.D. dissertation, Comparative Literature, USC, 2008.
  • Poštić, Ruta "Elder Zosima, Socrates, and Dialogism." M.A. thesis, Comparative Literature, USC, 2008.
  • Voorhees, Stephenie. "Chekhov's Short Stories in Cultural Context." M.A. thesis, Comparative Literature, USC, 2008.
  • Byrd, Crystal. "American Mind, Russian Soul," Honors thesis, SC Honors College, 2008.
  • Kornicer, Stefana. "Language and Nationalism in the Former Yugoslavia." Honors thesis, SC Honors College, 2008.
  • Price, Shelley L. "Three Vampilov Short Stories: A Translation with Linguistic and Cultural Commentary." Honors thesis, SC Honors College, 2008.
  • Clough, Stephanie. Honors thesis on domestic violence in Russia. SC Honors College, 2007.
  • Harvey, Anne. "Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Russian Culture: A Personal Account." Honors thesis, SC Honors College, 2007.
  • Gudkov, Olga. "The Shakespearean Sonnet and Russian Romanticism." M.A. thesis, Comparative Literature, USC, 2006.
  • Bedell, Rachel. "Confrontation with Reality: Amalrik's Claims on the Soviet Union and Its Response." Honors thesis, SC Honors College, 2006.
  • Prochak, Natalie. "Diagnosing Dostoyevsky: A Medical Perspective of Rodion Romanovitch Raskolnikov and Prince Lev Nikolayevitch Myshkin." Honors thesis, SC Honors College, 2006.
  • Willet, Brooks. "What Have We Here? A Discussion of Zamyatin's We Involving a Dash of Mathematics." Honors thesis, SC Honors College, 2005.
  • Deyneka, Alexandra. "Envisioning a Memory: Images of the Russian Realists." Honors thesis, SC Honors College, 2004.
  • Haggard, Jana R. "Creation, Translation, and Contradiction: A Study of Bilinguality in the work of Vladimir Nabokov." Honors thesis, SC Honors College, 2004.
  • Broom, Emma. Honors thesis on Study Abroad in Russia. SC Honors College, 2002.
  • Livingston, John. "The Life of Saint Seraphim of Sarov." Honors thesis, SC Honors College, 2002.
  • Pross, Jennifer. "Tuvan Throat Singing in Western Popular Culture." Honors thesis, SC Honors College, 2002.
  • Trimnal, Kathrin. Honors thesis, International Studies, 2002.