The Major in Russian

  • Prerequisite: Russian 28
  • Requirements: Russian 29; one course in the sequence 41-42; Russian 71; two courses in the 30s which must include Russian 31; and one culture course (numbered 10-19). In addition, majors must take four additional courses, for a total of 10. Those concentrating on language would select at least some of these four courses from the forties; those focusing in culture would select additional courses in the teens; and those interested primarily in literature would design a major with an emphasis on courses in the thirties. Two courses from the LSA+ may be counted toward the major, one of which may be counted as a culture course. The culminating experience requirement must be satisfied by completing Russian 71. In addition, those writing an honors thesis will enroll in Russian 87, and may also take Russian 85 as part of their preparation for the thesis.


The Major in Russian Area Studies

  • Prerequisite: Russian 3
  • Requirements: A total of ten courses, which must include Russian 27, 28, and 31. Of the remaining seven courses, at least two must be in Russian and one course must fulfill the culminating experience. The Area Studies Major will include courses both from within the Russian Department and from such departments as History, Government, Economics, and Music, that, together, provide a cogent study of one or more topics with a focus on the region. Two courses from the LSA+ may be counted toward the major. The major should be planned in consultation with an advisor and the courses outside the department need to be approved by the chair. For the culminating experience, students must write a thesis (Russian 87), or, with the approval of the Department faculty, designate a course in the Russian Department or another department that will serve to satisfy the requirement.

What to do with a major in Russian Area Studies

For students contemplating careers in business, international relations and diplomacy, the major in Russian Area Studies offers courses in Russian geography, Russian history, the Russian political system and Russian culture. Russia is the largest country in the world — a land of huge untapped resources endowed with a rich cultural heritage. Through these courses, students gain an understanding of its vast ethnic and religious diversity.