Undergraduate Program

Russian Studies

The University of Rochester offers degrees in both Russian and Russian studies. The Russian major, minor and clusters are in the humanities division. The Russian studies major and minor can count in either the humanities or the social sciences, and there are Russian Studies clusters in both these divisions as well.

Russian studies, an interdisciplinary program of the College of Arts and Sciences, incorporates the perspective of several departments and the linguistic, historical and cultural background needed to understand Russia's past, to analyze its present, and to make responsible predictions about its future.

The three departments providing the core faculty for this program are MLC, history, and political science, but a Russian studies major or minor concentration includes courses in or cross-listed with:

An interdisciplinary approach comes naturally to our students, many of whom are doing a second major in history, political science or another area.

Below is information on:




Russian Studies Major

The Russian studies major and minor can be counted in either humanities or social sciences, depending on your choice of courses.

See a complete list of Russian courses >

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Russian Studies Minor Requirements 

The Russian studies major and minor can be counted in either humanities or social sciences, depending on your choice of courses.

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Russian Studies Clusters

There are three Russian studies clusters, two in the humanities academic division and one in the social science academic division.

Introduction to Russian Culture and Civilization (H1RST001)
Students get an overview of Russian culture and civilization.

Russian Studies (H1RST004)
Students study Russia from the vantage points of history, national identity, and everyday life.

The Great Experiments -- Identities & Cultures in (S1RST001)
Students explore the process and politics of change in Russia and the surrounding region from cultural, historical, and political vantage points.

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Study Abroad

Summer Program in St. Petersburg, Russia

Explore the history, culture and language of Russia first-hand though the department’s Summer Program in St. Petersburg, Russia. This program is open to both experienced and beginner Russian speakers.

Study Abroad Programs

Students can also study abroad in Russia through programs coordinated through the Center for Study Abroad. Attend an information session or speak to a study abroad advisor to learn more.

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Language Placement

Advanced Placement (AP) scores or International Baccalaureate (IB) rankings assist departmental advisors in finding the right course level for you. Information on how you learned the language or languages you know will also help us advise you on the most appropriate courses for you in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures.

The first step is to take the online placement exam in Russian. You will receive a score that will be used along with the survey information you provide and with any AP or IB scores you have submitted. Together, the information will help determine your placement in a specific language course.

The placement you receive with your online numerical test scores is not necessarily how you will be placed by MLC.

Students will receive a “Course planning, placement, and recommendations” sheet with their language placement information from Academic Advising during Orientation and via email.

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Contact Information

For more information about Russian studies contact Professor Kathleen Parthé at kathleen.parthe@rochester.edu.

Faculty

John Givens, Associate Professor of Russian, Head of the Russian Program, Head of the Comparative Literature Program, and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures

Matthew Lenoe, Associate Professor of History, and Chair of the History Department

Nikita Maslennikov, Senior Lecturer in Russian

Anna Maslennikova, Senior Lecturer in Russian

Kathleen Parthé, Professor of Russian and Director of the Russian Studies Program

Randall Stone, Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies

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