Russian Studies (Minor)

Russian Studies (Minor)

Russian Studies Student talking to professor

What is Russian studies?

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 canonical19thand 20thcentury 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 studies complement their academic majors and enhance opportunities for their future careers.

Why study Russian studies 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


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

Phone: (603) 862-4005

Curriculum & Requirements

The Russian studies minor offers students an opportunity to pursue area study of Russia and the new states through an interdisciplinary program.

Students wishing to minor in Russian studies should consult with any faculty member in Russian.

The minor consists of a minimum of 20 credits (five courses) with a minimum grade of C.

Select five courses in RUSS or other subjects with approval from advisor20
Total Credits20

In addition to the required courses, students must demonstrate a Russian language proficiency at the level of RUSS 504 Intermediate Russian II or an equivalent.

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