Russian Major

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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 pre-requisite introductory courses. All courses counting towards the major must be passed with a grade of C or better.

Language-acquisition courses (RUSS 101, 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.


  • RUSS 101 and 102, or
  • RUSS 111, 112, 113, 114, or
  • Equivalent preparatory coursework (determined by faculty)

RUSSIAN COURSES (28 credits):

  • RUSS 201: Intermediate Russian I (5 credits)
  • RUSS 202: Intermediate Russian II (5 credits)
  • RUSS 301: Advanced Russian I (3 credits)
  • RUSS 302: Advanced Russian II (3 credits)
  • RUSS 3XX: One additional course at the 300 level (3 credits)
  • RUSS 401: Advanced Russian Composition (3 credits)
  • RUSS 402: Practicum in Written Russian (3 credits)
  • RUSS 4XX: One additional course at the 400 level (3 credits)

ELECTIVE COURSES (12 credits):

  • RUSS 3XX: One course at the 300 level (3 credits)
  • RUSS 4XX: One course at the 400 level (3 credits)
  • RUSS XXX: Any other course from departmental offerings (3 credits)
  • RUSS XXX: Any other course from departmental offerings (3 credits)


  • 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.


  • 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 St. Mary's Language House.
  • Many students pursue a double-major or double-degree in Russian and another discipline, such as international relations, business, history, economics, journalism, engineering, etc.