Suggested curricular flow through the major

The Russian major was designed with the hope and expectation that all of our students would spend a year abroad. As a result, we developed the curriculum so that a student who did spend a year abroad could complete all the requirements for the major, as long as she or he followed a few guidelines.

The guidelines are written for the entering student who knows he or she wants to major in Russian. Rather than specify the courses that you “must” have in a given semester, the following are general guidelines regarding courses that we suggest you take during each year. You should think of these guidelines as giving you a fast track into the major – this provides maximum flexibility in your junior and senior year.

First Year
RUSS 101 (fall semester) RUSS 104 (spring semester)
RUSS 100, Russia and the Western (spring semester)

Sophomore Year
RUSS 116 (fall semester)
RUSS 200 (spring semester)
Russian literature or culture course in English (200-level course)
RUSS electives, for example, a Russian history course

Junior Year
The majority of Russian majors study in Moscow during their Junior Year; In  Moscow you will take 4-9 courses (refer to the Courses section in the Academic Bulletin: Russian)

If you do not go abroad, take:
RUSS 231 (fall semester)
RUSS 232 (spring semester)
Russian literature or culture course in English (200-level course)
Russian elective, for example, a Russian history course

Senior Year
300-level RUSS course (fall semester)
300-level RUSS course (spring semester)
Finish your requirements for Russian literature/culture and your electives

For information regarding the suggested guidelines, please feel free to contact a Russian faculty member. Consult your advisor regarding writing an honors thesis in Russian.


100 Russia and the West

101 Elementary Russian

104 Elementary Russian

116 Intermediate Russian

200 Advanced Training in the Russian Language

215 Moscow Summer Immersion Program

223 Life's Cursed Questions: Russian Literature through the Nineteenth Century

224 Revolution and Dissidence: Twentieth-Century Russian Literature

230 Advanced Russian for Heritage Speakers

231 Russian Conversation and Composition

232 Masterpieces of Russian Literature

243 Russian & East European Film

245 Tolstoy in the 21st Century

248 Russia, the Environment and the Natural Sciences

250 Russian Language in Context

251 Russian Language in Context

255 Writing Workshop

256 Writing Workshop

260 Topics in Russian Studies

265 Topics in Russian Studies

270 Philosophy and Literature

271 Visual and Performing Arts in Russia

273 Russia Today

280 Research Project in Russian History or Politics

333 Aspects of Russian Society and Civilization

334 Workshop in Translation

335 Popular Culture in Russia

360 Topics in Russian Language and Literature