Undergraduate Programs (Major and Minor)

Why major or minor in Russian?

A baccalaureate degree in Russian, or a minor in Russian combined with another major, provides an opportunity to develop vital language skills and cultural competence. Russian is a language of national strategic importance, and Russia’s rich cultural heritage includes such world-renowned figures as Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Vladimir Nabokov, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Igor Stravinsky, Wassily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich, and Sergei Diaghilev of the Ballets Russes. Many Russian majors go on to pursue careers in the following fields:

  • federal, state, and city agencies
  • the armed forces
  • national security establishments
  • banks and businesses dealing with Eastern Europe
  • publishing and data-gathering companies
  • transportation and tourist industries
  • ethnic cultural services and organizations, such as cultural centers, libraries and museums, ethnically oriented public media, etc.

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