Major Requirements

A major in Russian Area Studies consists of a minimum of eight units. Majors are normally required to take four units of the Russian language above the 100 level(other than RUSS 203 and RUSS 303): RUSS 201-202 and RUSS 301-302.

In addition, a major’s program should consist of at least four non-language units drawn from Russian Area Studies, Russian history, literature, and politics, as well as relevant courses in anthropology and comparative literature (see listings on courses page). At least two of a major’s units should come from outside the Russian department and the Comparative Literature program. Majors are normally required to take at least two units of 300-level coursework, at least one of which should be drawn from outside the Russian department.

Goals for the Major


Successful Russian Area Studies majors can:
  • Evaluate and understand Russia’s and Eurasia’s place in today’s interconnected world, challenges facing the region, and goals and values espoused by the citizenry and political leadership
  • Describe the basic structures and dynamics of Russian and Eurasian historical development, including the nature of autocracy, dictatorship, and empire
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how the nations and peoples of Russia and Eurasia have interacted over time with each other and with geographic regions beyond their borders
  • Acquire sufficient proficiency in the Russian language for fluent conversation and advanced study of Russian literature
  • Through extensive reading and analysis of primary and secondary texts, discover and delineate the major themes of nineteenth-, twentieth- and twenty-first century Russian literature
  • Read, understand and critically interpret scholarly and literary texts
  • Deploy methods used by scholars of literature, history and the social sciences to formulate and compose analyses orally and in writing
  • Affirm the importance of understanding foreign nations and cultures as a component of active civic responsibility