Major and Minor in Russian

A baccalaureate degree in Russian, or a minor in Russian combined with another major, provides an opportunity to develop vital language skills and cultural competence. Russian is a language of national strategic importance, and Russia's rich cultural heritage includes such world-renowned figures as Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Vladimir Nabokov, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Igor Stravinsky, Wassily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich, and Sergei Diaghilev of the Ballets Russes. Many Russian majors go on to pursue careers in the following fields:

  • federal, state, and city agencies
  • the armed forces
  • national security establishments
  • banks and businesses dealing with Eastern Europe
  • publishing and data-gathering companies
  • transportation and tourist industries
  • ethnic cultural services and organizations, such as cultural centers, libraries and museums, ethnically oriented public media, etc.

    Official Degree Requirements

    Study Abroad

    We encourage our majors and minors to study abroad in Moscow or St. Petersburg through one of the programs approved by UIC. Interested students should contact the Study Abroad Office on the fifth floor of University Hall for more information and they should consult with the Slavic and Baltic Department's Director of Undergraduate Study to select courses that will apply to the Russian major or minor.


    All incoming and continuing majors and minors should contact Elsa Arteaga (, the academic advisor for the School of Literatures, Cultural Studies and Linguistics, for an advising appointment.

    Director of Undergraduate Studies

    For further information regarding the major or minor in Russian or the specific content of courses, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies:

    Professor Karen Underhill 
    1614 University Hall

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