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Russian Language and Literature Major

The core of this program focuses on a firm preparation in Russian language sufficient to permit students to explore in depth the culture, history, and contemporary society of Russia and the Independent States.

The undergraduate major in Russian language and literature consists of 40 credits beyond the prerequisite introductory courses. All courses counting towards the major must be passed with a grade of C or better.

Requirements for the Major

Prerequisite Courses

Language-acquisition courses (RUSS101, 102, 201, 202, 301, 302) must be taken sequentially.  Once credit has been received in a higher-level language acquisition or grammar course, a lower-level course may not be taken for credit.

  • RUSS101 and 102, or
  • RUSS111, 112, 113, 114, or
  • Equivalent preparatory coursework (determined by faculty)

Russian Courses

  • RUSS201: Intermediate Russian I (5 credits)
  • RUSS202: Intermediate Russian II (5 credits)
  • RUSS301: Advanced Russian I (3 credits)
  • RUSS302: Advanced Russian II (3 credits)
  • RUSS3XX: One additional course at the 300 level (3 credits)
  • RUSS401: Advanced Russian Composition (3 credits)
  • RUSS402: Practicum in Written Russian (3 credits)
  • RUSS4XX: One additional course at the 400 level (3 credits)

Elective Courses

  • RUSS3XX: One course at the 300 level (3 credits)
  • RUSS4XX: One course at the 400 level (3 credits)
  • RUSSXXX: Any other course from departmental offerings (3 credits)
  • RUSSXXX: Any other course from departmental offerings (3 credits)

Amplifying Course Information

  • One supporting course from outside the major (300-level or higher) may be counted toward the elective course requirement if it is approved by a departmental advisor.
  • Slavic courses may be used to satisfy elective course requirements.
  • Transfer credits from study abroad or another U.S. institution may count toward the major with departmental approval.
  • Students who are interested in enrolling in a Russian course that appears closed or waitlisted should contact either the faculty member or an undergraduate advisor for Russian for permission to enroll.

General Information

  • Native or heritage speakers wishing to enroll in Russian courses or seeking to major in Russian should first consult with an undergraduate advisor.
  • A majority of students participate in study abroad programs.
  • Russian majors are eligible to live in Language House Living and Learning Program.
  • Many students pursue a double-major or double-degree in Russian and another discipline, such as international relations, business, history, economics, journalism, engineering, etc.

Russian Program Director and Advisor

Cynthia Martin

Associate Professor, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Associate Professor and Department Head, Russian

(301) 405-4244