Russian Studies Minor

College of Arts and Humanities
School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Russian Program Head: Cynthia Martin, Ph.D. (

The Minor in Russian Studies is a series of five courses to be chosen in consultation with the departmental advisor. The completion of a Minor in Russian Studies provides students with a broad background in Russian language, literature, and culture.

To make an appointment or declare a minor, go to:

Prerequisites for the minor: RUSS102 (Elementary Russian) or the equivalent as determined by the department

Course Title Credits
Select fifteen credits/five courses of the following: 115
Courses taught in Russian:
Intermediate Russian I
Intermediate Russian II
Applied Russian Phonetics
Advanced Russian I
Advanced Russian II
Russian Conversation: Functional Skills
Survey of Russian Literature I
Survey of Russian Literature II
Russian Civilization (in Russian) II
Advanced Russian Composition
Practicum in Written Russian
Russian Conversation: Advanced Skills
Practicum in Spoken Russian
Russian-English Translation I
Russian-English Translation II
Selected Topics in Russian Language Study
Linguistic Analysis of Russian I
Linguistic Analysis of Russian II
Russian Literature of the 20th Century
Courses in English:
Masterworks of Russian Literature I
Masterworks of Russian Literature II
Russian Language and Pre-Revolutionary Culture
Contemporary Russian Culture
Special Topics in Russian Language and Literature
19th Century Russian Literature in Translation
Selected Topics in Russian Language and Literature
Selected Topics in Russian Literature
Total Credits15

Note that in most cases, five courses of 3-credits each will fulfill the 15-credit requirement. However, RUSS201 and RUSS202 are 5 credit courses. If a student chooses to count these two courses as part of the minor, they are still required to complete three additional courses (for a total of five courses).

  • Courses taken through Study Abroad programs may be applied.
  • A minimum of six credits must be earned from courses in Russian.
  • A minimum of nine credits must be at the 3xx or 4xx level.
  • Transfer credits (from study abroad or another US institution) may count toward the minor with approval of the department. In most cases, a maximum of six transfer credits will be approved.
  • All courses counting toward the minor must be passed with a "C-" or better.
  • An overall GPA of 2.0 in the minor is required for graduation.
  • Substitutions of other departmental offerings may be approved by the advisor.

Oversight of the minor program falls under the normal academic processes of the Russian program in the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. The undergraduate advisor is responsible for ensuring that students are properly advised and that records are appropriately kept. For information on the Russian program, including advising, please visit