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, 201 Russian 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-273 Imperial Russia  
HIS-274 Modern Russia  
HIS-314 History of Socialism  
HIS-321 The Ottoman Empire and the Balkans  
LIT-310 Russian Literature from 988 to 1850  
LIT-311 Russian Literature from 1850 to 1917  
LIT-312 20th-Century Russian Literature  
LIT-313 Contemporary Russian Literature  
LIT-315 Tolstoy  
LIT-317 Dostoevsky  
LIT-330 Russian Culture  
Optional Course
ECO-365 The 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.