The UW-Madison Russian Flagship Program is an innovative new undergraduate program funded by the Language Flagship to offer highly-motivated students in any major the opportunity to reach a professional level of competence (ACTFL Superior/ILR 3) in Russian. The program is directed by professor Karen Evans-Romaine, with Dr. Dianna Murphy and Dr. Anna Tumarkin.
The program is based on a rigorous, yet flexible curriculum designed to enable students of all majors and at all levels of prior proficiency in Russian to meet the requirements of their major field of study and achieve a Superior level of proficiency in Russian. The program requirements consist of both domestic and overseas components:
Domestic UW-Madison Requirements
Russian Flagship students are required to take 1st – 4th-Year Russian (or the equivalent), Slavic 315-316: Russian Language and Culture I & II (or the equivalent), participate in 1-4 hours of individualized or small-group tutoring, and take the following Russian Flagship courses:
- Slavic 433: History of Russian Culture (3 cr.);
- Slavic 434: Contemporary Russian Culture (3 cr.);
- Two elective area studies courses (3 cr. each) from the approved list OR two courses in discipline area with 1-cr. Russian langauge component
- One of the following courses:
- Russian Flagship Research seminar (3 cr. throughout the course of advanced study)*;
- Capstone course in Russian (3cr.)*;
- Slavic 705:Special Topics in Russian Language/Linguistics (3 cr.)
- Minimum 6 weeks study abroad in Russia at the secondary level or above, prior to participation in the academic yearlong overseas Russian Flagship Program;
- Academic yearlong Overseas Russian Flagship Program in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
With the UW-Madison Russian Flagship, I can study what I love with a great amount of depth, and I know that there will be a niche waiting for me in the workforce after I graduate. --Meagan Dunham, UW-Madison Russian Flagship student
The UW-Madison Russian Flagship is a collaborative initiative of the UW-Madison Department of Slavic Languages and Literature and the Language Institute, with the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia, and the Doctoral Program in Second Language Acquisition.