Russian Area Studies

The Russian area studies minor is an interdisciplinary program designed to give students a comprehensive understanding of Russia, in historical perspectives and in contemporary settings. It draws upon the humanities, the social sciences, and, when possible, suitable offerings in the School of Education and the College of Business Administration. By combining this minor with a traditional major, the student has the advantage of both the knowledge of a single discipline and a unified view of Russia.

Students with a cumulative average of 2.0 who have already declared a major within the College of Liberal Arts, Education, and Sciences, or the College of Business Administration may be admitted to the program. Students interested in pursuing a Russian area studies minor need the approval of the director of the program and the dean.

Requirements for the Minor (21 semester hours)*

RUS-200, 201Russian III, IV†6

Seminar in Russian Area Studies
Independent Research and Study
Four courses from the following, at least one from each group:12
HIS-273Imperial Russia 
HIS-274Modern Russia 
HIS-314History of Socialism 
HIS-321The Ottoman Empire and the Balkans 
LIT-310Russian Literature from 988 to 1850 
LIT-311Russian Literature from 1850 to 1917 
LIT-31220th-Century Russian Literature 
LIT-313Contemporary Russian Literature 
LIT-330Russian Culture 
Optional Course
ECO-365The Post-Soviet Economy and U.S. Business 

* Of the 21 credit hours required, at least one course must be taken in two different disciplines—Russian literature and Russian history—unless they are requirements for the student’s major.

† Language courses may be waived upon demonstrated proficiency. One or two other courses must be substituted from any of the above.

Disclaimer:  The course information provided above is from the 2014-2015 Academic Catalog and is updated annually as new editions are released.  Prior editions of the catalog are also available online.  The catalog under which the student enters serves as the official record of admission, academic, and graduation requirements.  It is the student’s individual responsibility to be aware of the current graduation requirements for his or her particular degree program.  While the University makes reasonable efforts to keep website material current and correct, this information is subject to the University's academic policy committees, relevant accreditation organizations, and (in some instances) state and federal laws and regulations.