Russian (Minor)

Russian (Minor)
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What is Russian?

Russian is the most widely spoken Slavic language and the most geographically widespread language of Eurasia. Studying Russian, you will be introduced to one of the world’s great literatures and cultures. You’ll develop language proficiency while learning about Russian history, reading canonical 19th and 20th century literature, and exploring Russian contemporary society and culture. Students from a wide variety of majors in social sciences, humanities, fine arts, business, health and human services, and life sciences find that the skills and content knowledge developed through completing a minor in Russian complement their academic majors and enhance opportunities for their future careers.

Why study Russian at UNH?

Your studies in Russian will take place both inside and outside the classroom at UNH. You can spend a summer or semester studying in Russia. You’ll be able to interact and work closely with faculty who are actively involved in incorporating new technologies into the Russian learning context. 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 career areas

  • Business
  • Communications/public relations
  • Community organizing/advocacy
  • Diplomacy/foreign service
  • Education/language teaching
  • Government and non-governmental organizations
  • Healthcare/public health
  • Journalism/writing
  • Law/international law
  • Social services
  • Sustainability/conservation
  • Tourism

Curriculum & Requirements

The Russian program provides students the opportunity to minor in Russian. Students develop language proficiency, a solid knowledge of grammar and pronunciation, and knowledge of Russian culture. Students with a Russian minor will have a sufficient command of the language to enhance their chosen field of study, and will have countless career opportunities, such as the public, private and nonprofit sectors, including government, education, journalism, law, communications, and business.

Students in the Russian minor program at UNH are strongly encouraged to study on the UNH Study Abroad Program in Russia. Students can earn credits toward the Russian minor as well as complete two Discovery categories on the program. Foreign language skills and cultural competencies will open doors for students that would not have been opened without the minor in Russian. 

The minor in Russian consists of 20 credits in Russian courses above RUSS 402 Elementary Russian II; it must include:

RUSS 503
RUSS 504
Intermediate Russian I
and Intermediate Russian II
Select at least one of the following: 4
RUSS 631
Advanced Russian Conversation and Composition
RUSS 632
Advanced Russian Conversation and Composition
Readings in Russian Literature
Advanced Language and Style
Select two elective RUSS courses above RUSS 4028
Total Credits20

Students wishing to minor are expected to meet with a faculty member from the Russian program to discuss their course of study.

At the beginning of your final semester of study, you should fill out a certification of completion of minor form, obtain the necessary signatures, and submit it to your Dean's Office.

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