Russian Major B.A.

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Russian Major B.A.

What is Russian?

Russian is the most widely spoken of the Slavic languages and is the most geographically widespread language of Eurasia. To study Russian is to be introduced to one of the world’s great literatures and cultures. You’ll study the Russian language and its history, reading important works of 19th and 20th century literature. You’ll also explore Russian contemporary society and culture. Many students in the Russian degree program pursue a double or dual major in areas such as business administration or international affairs.

Why study Russian at UNH?

Your studies in Russian will take place both inside and outside the classroom at UNH. You’ll spend a summer or semester studying in Russia, and also will have opportunities for internships. You’ll be able to interact and work closely with faculty. Throughout the academic year, you’ll also be able to gather regularly with other students in the active Russian Club for Russian tea and activities. There’s a chapter of the National Slavic Honor Society right on campus.

Potential careers

  • Diplomat
  • Foreign service officer
  • International Business leader
  • Interpreter
  • Lawyer
  • Translator
  • Teacher


Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
210L Murkland Hall
15 Library Way
Durham, NH 03824

Phone: (603) 862-4005

Curriculum & Requirements

The Russian program provides students with an opportunity to study one of the world's most important languages, its literature, and its culture. In addition to the intrinsic value of Russian language, literature, and culture as a liberal arts experience, majoring in Russian leads to a number of careers, such as teaching, translation and interpreting, government, and the Foreign Service. The knowledge of the language and cultural proficiency is also a valuable asset in preparing you for careers in law, economics, and international trade. All Russian majors are strongly encouraged to double major or include a relevant minor in their studies.

If you would like more information please contact the program coordinator

New students will be assigned to the proper course after consultation with the Russian faculty. A student may not receive UNH credit for elementary Russian courses if he or she has had two or more years of secondary school Russian; however, a student may petition the Russian program to be admitted to the 400-level courses for credit. In the 503-790 range, a grade of C or better is required to advance to the next course in the language series (503, 504, 631, 632, 790).

The Russian major consists of a minimum of 40 credits above RUSS 402 Elementary Russian II. Specific course requirements are:

Language Courses
RUSS 503Intermediate Russian I4
RUSS 504Intermediate Russian II4
RUSS 601Russian Conversation and Phonetics4
RUSS 631Advanced Russian Conversation and Composition4
RUSS 632Advanced Russian Conversation and Composition4
RUSS 790Advanced Language and Style4
One Culture Course
Select one of the following:4
Introduction to Russia: Contemporary Society and Culture
Topics in Russian Culture and Society in Moscow
Russia: Mythology and Propaganda
Russia:Mythology and Propaganda in Moscow
Two Literature Courses
RUSS 691Readings in Russian Literature4
Select one of the following:4
Selected Topics in World Literature
Devils, Deities, and Madness in Russian Literature
Morality, Sex and Revolution in Russian Literature
Capstone Course
Select one of the following:4
Topics in Contemporary Russian Literature: From Chekhov to Post-Modernism
Topics in Russian Culture and Society
History of Slavic Languages and Culture
Study Abroad
Majors are required to spend a semester or summer on an approved study abroad program in Russia, RUSS 685 or RUSS 686
Total Credits40

Majors are required to take RUSS 631 Advanced Russian Conversation and Composition-RUSS 632 Advanced Russian Conversation and Composition and at least one 700-level Russian course at the Durham campus.

Transfer students must earn a minimum of 12 major credits at the Durham campus.

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of each individual major program. Bachelor of arts candidates must also satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement.

Russian majors may use two major-required courses to satisfy two Discovery category requirements. In addition, Russian majors may take RUSS 521 Devils, Deities, and Madness in Russian Literature to satisfy both a Discovery Inquiry requirement and a major requirement.

The required minimum overall GPA in major coursework is 2.0.

Explore Program Details

Russian majors are required to spend a semester or summer on an approved study abroad program in Russia. UNH Global Education maintains a list of UNH-approved institutions that manage study abroad programs. Check with your major advisor for guidance on an appropriate program for you.

The Program offers a short-study January term course in Moscow that is administered through the COLA Center for Study Abroad.

COLA Study Abroad
UNH Study Abroad

While there are many useful websites here, this is by no means an exhaustive list. Rather, this list is a beginning step for you to navigate the web for information on Russia, Russian, Russian culture and history.


(be careful not to completely rely on what you read, since context matters)


We suggest you look for a transliterated or phonetic font – so that most letters from your keyboard are the same – that is, when you see D on your keyboard, and you type in Cyrillic, you get Д

Grammar Information (and some with exercises)
List of Russian Newspapers and Journals
News from Russia—in English
News from Russia—in Russian

Good for information about the field of Slavic/Russian studies; job opportunities; what is happening in Russian study around the country.

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