Russian at the UofA


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You have a unique opportunity to explore a Russian interdisciplinary program that offers language courses, as well literature seminars on Russian and Russian-Jewish writers in English (RUSS 4133),which is cross-listed with the Honors College, Jewish Studies, Comparative Literature and International Studies. The literature seminar offers such topics as “Supernatural and Mundane in Russian 20th Century Lit.,” “Power and Protest from Pussy Riot to Dostoevsky,” and “Radicals, Rebels, and Revolutionaries.” 

Russian language is offered from the elementary (RUSS 1003) through advanced levels (RUSS 3003). If you wish to pursue language learning beyond the fifth semester, you can either do a Study Abroad in Russia, or discuss the option of independent studies or an advanced course with the head of the program.


Nadja Berkovich -  Section Head of Russian 


Russian Studies minors are strongly encouraged to spend one semester abroad in any Russian-speaking country. Those who are unable to study abroad are strongly encouraged to attend a summer language program in the US.

The minor in Russian Studies requires 15 credit hours. Specific courses required are: 

  • RUSS 3003: Advanced Russian I or II 
  • RUSS 4113 or RUSS 4133: Special Themes in Russian literature or Survey of the Russian Lit. Since 1917. Taught in English. 

+ 9 hours of elective courses at the 3000-/4000-level that are related to Russian history, Eurasia, International and European studies. Students can choose other courses that are not listed here, which must be at least one-third Russian or Eurasian-centered, and must be approved by the program director. 

For the most up-to-date and accurate information on degree requirements for a Minor in Russian, please visit the Course Catalog page. 




Interested in Studying Russian at the UofA?

For more information about the Russian Program, contact Nadja Berkovich.