Majors & Programs


Russian Language and Literature Minor

The minor in Russian Language and Literature

A minor in Russian Language and Literature allows students to achieve a high level of proficiency in the Russian language and study Russian literature. The program offers elementary through advanced language courses and a number of courses on 19th- and 20th-century Russian literature (in translation) on a wide variety of topics. Students are strongly encouraged to study abroad.

Russian Language and Literature is an independent minor that is administered by International and Area Studies (IAS) but is not a minor within the IAS program.


Students are required to complete 20 graded credits of coursework. The prerequisite is Elementary Russian or the equivalent. Requirements include:

  • Eight credits must be intermediate Russian
  • Six credits must be third-year Russian
  • Three credits must be a 300- or 400-level course in Russian literature
  • The final three credits may be from either
    • One of the following advanced language and culture courses, if offered – Russian 404, 405, 431, 432, or
    • A Russian subject course taught in such departments such as history, music, or political science.

Students can earn up to six credits from study abroad or a summer program, with the approval of the Russian Language and Literature minor advisor. All advanced credits must be unique to the Russian Language and Literature minor (and not count toward another major or minor).

Study Abroad

The Russian Language and Literature minor program encourages students to study abroad in Russia and other post-Soviet countries. Washington University offers the following programs:

  • Summer, semester, or year-long study in St. Petersburg, Russia, under the auspices of the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE).
  • Washington University summer program in Kazakhstan: Archaeology and History of Central Asia, which offers students a rare opportunity to travel to Kazakhastan, the largest of the former Soviet republics in Central Asia.

Students may also petition for an alternative study abroad program.

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