Russia has long captivated the West as a land of golden onion-domed churches, vast expanses, despotic tsars, ruthless commissars, long-suffering but large-hearted people, great writers, and, of course, the mysterious Russian soul. It is also now a place where hundreds of US companies do business and where thousands of Americans work and study.
The Russian curriculum at Rochester offers students courses in beginning through advanced Russian language study, Russian literature of the last two centuries, Russian civilization, art, architecture, and film, as well as classes focusing on Tolstoy and Dostoevsky.
Students are also encouraged to take Russian studies courses that cover such topics as the analysis of ongoing events in Russia, the cult and culture of secrecy, and the politics of identity. In addition, Russian majors generally study abroad in Russia for a summer or a semester.
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, minor, and clusters can count in either the humanities or the social sciences.
Below is information on:
- Russian major requirements
- Russian minor requirements
- Russian clusters
- Study abroad
- Language placement
- Contact information
Russian Major Requirements
- Proficiency in Russian (coursework through RUS 152)
- Two language courses at the 200 level
- Two courses in Russian literature (one in the 19th century, one in the 20th)
- Three more courses in Russian language, literature or culture
- CLT 389: Major Seminar
Language study in Russia is strongly recommended.
Russian Minor Requirements
Five courses in Russian language, literature, and culture, to be selected in consultation with the Russian advisor.
There are four Russian clusters, all in the humanities academic division.
Russian Literature and Culture: Tradition & Trans (H1RUS001)
This cluster introduces student to Russian culture and identity.
Introduction to Russian Language and Culture (H1RUS004)
Students learn basic language skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) as well as the cultural context for Russian.
Intermediate Russian Language and Culture (H1RUS005)
Students develop Russian language skills while also exploring Russian culture.
Russian Language (H1RUS007)
This cluster introduces students to basic language skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension).
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
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. For more information on the online placement test, and instructions for how to login, see our online placment exam instructions page.
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.
For more information about Russian contact Professor John Givens at (585) 275-4251 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kathleen Parthé, Professor of Russian and Director of the Russian Studies Program
John Givens, Department Chair, Russian Program Head, and Associate Professor of Russian
Laura Givens, Senior Lecturer in Russian
Anna Maslennikova, Senior Lecturer in Russian