Russian Language and Literature Minor

Program Requirements

  • Total units required: 20 


Russ 101DElementary Russian I5
Russ 102DElementary Russian II5


Russ 211DIntermediate Russian I4
Russ 212DIntermediate Russian II4
Russ 322DThird-Year Russian I3
Russ 324DThird-Year Russian II3
One 300- or 400-level course in Russian literature3
One elective course: either another Russian literature course or a Russian subject course taught in such departments as history or political science3
Total Units20


  • Students can earn up to 6 credits from a semester or summer study abroad program, with the approval of the Russian language and literature advisor.
  • Students may be allowed to transfer credit from course work completed at another college or university. Transfer of credit requires prior approval of the Russian language and literature advisor.
  • All advanced units must be unique to the Russian language and literature minor (i.e., not counted toward any other major or minor).
  • Students must earn at least a B- in language courses in order to continue to the next level. They must also maintain at least a B- average in all courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements. Students who do not meet this requirement may either repeat the course or courses in question or earn at least a B- in an approved equivalent course or courses (either during the summer or in a study abroad program).

Additional Information

Study Abroad

The Russian Language and Literature minor program encourages students to study abroad in Russia and other post-Soviet countries. Washington University offers summer, semester, and year-long study in St. Petersburg, Russia, under the auspices of the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). Students can also petition for an alternative study abroad program by filling out the Washington University Petition Packet. Students may count up to 6 units from study abroad toward the Russian Language and Literature minor: 3 units for a literature or culture course and 3 units for a language course.

Semester options include both language and area studies programs. The summer program is language-focused only, but there are programs available for students at any language level, including beginning. 

Financial aid may be available for these programs through both Washington University and the CIEE.

Contact Info

Contact:Mikhail Palatnik