Minor in Russian Language & Literature


Students writing at desks in a Politics of Russia class


The Russian minor guides students through a series of language courses and electives in literary and cultural topics. Students choose between a standard or intensive course track, making the minor ideal for those who wish to combine their Russian language studies with another field.

Elective courses delve into topics such as medieval architecture and iconography, early Russian silent film, 20th-century revolutionary writing, post-Soviet literature and more.



Course Requirements

Students in the minor must demonstrate third-year proficiency in Russian. This can be accomplished in two ways:

  • Option A: the four-course track; or
  • Option B: the two-course intensive track.

Students can place into an advanced level on the placement exam.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 38 credits in required courses.

Required courses:
One of the following options:
Option A:
SLAV 1001First-Year Russian I
SLAV 1002First-Year Russian II
SLAV 1003Second-Year Russian I
SLAV 1004Second-Year Russian II
Option B
SLAV 1012Intensive Basic Russian I
SLAV 1034Intensive Basic Russian II
And also:
SLAV 2005
SLAV 2006
Intermediate Russian I
and Intermediate Russian I
And four courses from the following:
SLAV 1391Introduction to Russian Literature I
SLAV 1392Introduction to Russian Literature II
SLAV 2361Russian Culture
SLAV 2362Russian Culture
SLAV 2365Twentieth-Century Russian Literature to World War II
SLAV 2366Russian Literature from World War II to the Present
SLAV 2471Nineteenth-Century Russian Prose
SLAV 2472Nineteenth-Century Russian Poetry
SLAV 247320th-Century Russian Prose
SLAV 2474Twentieth-Century Russian Poetry
SLAV 2785Introduction to Russian Cinema I
SLAV 2786Introduction to Russian Cinema II