Russian Major

The Russian major leads to the Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) degree, and our program instructs students in speaking, understanding, reading, and writing the Russian language. The program is designed to teach reading, writing, and spoken Russian in two years. It also acquaints students with the intellectual and cultural contributions of the Russian world through the study of its classic and modern literature, traditions, and institutions. Russian majors are granted experience in their specific areas of interest such as international relations, political science, economics, and others.

You can access a copy of the Major Checklist here: PDF

Major Program Requirements:

Preparatory Subject Matter (0-27 units)

  • Russian 1 through 6 (or the equivalent)

Depth Subject Matter (36 units)

  • Russian 101A, 101B, 101C: (12 units)

  • Russian 102 or 103 or 105: (4 units)

  • Additional upper-division units chosen in consultation with adviser: (20 units)

Total Units for the Major: 36-63 units

Russian Honors Program

The Honors Program in the College of Letters and Science permits students to pursue a program of study in their major at a level significantly beyond that defined by the normal curriculum. It represents an opportunity for the qualified student to experience aspects of the major that are representative of advanced study in the field. Successful completion of the College Honors Program is a necessary prerequisite to consideration for the awarding of high or highest honors at graduation. For more information, contact Prof. Jenny Kaminer at

Student Learning Outcomes

By studying Russian, students are expected to be proficient in the language and be familiar with the culture. To learn more, please click below: