Bachelor of Arts in Russian Studies


Interim Director
Christine Ruane
Professor of History

Participating Faculty
Joseph Bradley              History - Sabbatical
Yevgeny Yevtushenko    English    
Christine Ruane             History
Ben Peters                    Communications
Elena Doshlygina           Foreign Languages

Rapid political, social, economic, and technological changes have sharply increased global interdependence and the need for exchange of information, person-to-person contacts, and a more thorough understanding of foreign cultures. The study of Russia is critical, given its pivotal geopolitical position, its voice in world politics, and its role in world science and engineering. Russian studies enrich key strategic TU commitments to internationalization mission, and in particular to energy studies, cyber-security, information studies, security studies, and international politics.

The interdisciplinary major in Russian Studies is comprised of 33 hours of course work in Russian language, literature and culture, history, politics, and communications technology. The major provides students with a knowledge and understanding of historical and contemporary Russia as well as with the ability to use the Russian language. Students have the opportunity to live and study for a summer, a semester or a year in Russia and thereby to build partnerships that bind Russian and American citizens together to solve common problems. The Russian major can be combined with many other majors in the College of Arts and Sciences as well as with the program in International Business in the Collins College of Business.

Major Requirements

First-year Russian (1004 and 1014) and Intermediate Russian (2003 and 2013) or the equivalent are prerequisites for the major. Of the 30 hours or course work, 21 hours at the upper-division level (3000- and 4000-level courses) are required, which will normally include a minimum of 12 hours in advanced Russian. In addition, a 3-hour senior project on a Russia-related topic will be taken in one of the participating departments.

Minor Requirements

The minor in Russian Studies requires 12 credit hours with at least six at the 3000- or 4000-level.

Course Offerings

  • RUSS 1004 Beginning Russian I
  • RUSS 1014 Beginning Russian II
  • RUSS 2003 Intermediate Russian I
  • RUSS 2013 Intermediate Russian II
  • RUSS 3003 Russian Conversation and Grammar
  • RUSS 3013 Russian Culture
  • RUSS 3023 Culture of the Soviet Union
  • RUSS 3033 Approaches to Russian Literature
  • RUSS 3043 20th-century Russian Literature
  • ENGL 1123 Russian Poetry
  • ENGL 1133 Russian and European Cinema
  • ENGL 2723 Masterpieces of Russian Literature
  • CPLT 3723 Masterpieces of Russian Literature
  • HIST 2603 Russia and the West
  • HIST 2663 Russia Today
  • HIST 3323 Politics and History in Soviet Film
  • HIST 3473 20th-century Europe
  • HIST 3603 Russia and the West
  • HIST 4263 Men and Women at War
  • HIST 4413 Emergence of Modern Russia
  • HIST 4423 Russia: Reform and Revolution
  • HIST 4443 Soviet Russia
  • POL 2663 Russia Today
  • POL 4023 Russian Foreign Policy
  • POL 4053 Politics and Culture of Russia
  • POL 4503 Topics in International Studies

Special Opportunities

The Woolslayer Room in Russian Studies is furnished with instructional materials, including Russian periodicals, maps, videos and DVDs, access to satellite and online broadcasts from Russia. It serves as the centerpiece of innovative language instruction using an approach developed in Russia, as well as a resource for other courses in the program. 

Study abroad programs in St. Petersburg and other Russian cities are offered through various consortia such as CIIE, AIFS, ACTR, as well as through the Critical Language Scholarship program. Courses taken through these programs are evaluated for transfer credit toward the major on a case-by-case basis by the Director.

The Russian Club is an active student organization offering a variety of activities including conversational groups, Russian cuisine and cooking, tea parties, Russian movies, and special presentations.

Students should consult with the Program Director or the College Advising Office for specific course requirements for this program of study.