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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Jun 01, 2023
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Russian, BA

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Major Requirements

The Russian major requires at least 33 distributed as follows.


Additional courses at the 1000 level in Russian literature are strongly recommended. Prospective majors are encouraged to take RUSS 0800 - ADULTERY, MURDER, OMNISCIENCE: INTRODUCTION TO 19TH C RUSSIAN LITERATURE  and RUSS 0810 - UTOPIA, SOCIALISM, DISSENT: INTRODUCTION TO MODERN RUSSIAN LITERATURE  as early as possible as an introduction to Russian literature.

The following rules and requirements apply to Russian majors.

Honors in the major

Honors in Russian is granted if, in addition to fulfilling all requirements for the major, the student meets the following conditions.

  • Maintain a GPA of 3.75 or higher in RUSS courses.
  • Maintain an overall GPA of 3.25 or higher.
  • Complete at least one additional RUSS 1000-level course.
  • Complete a 20-page paper involving Russian primary-source research and a two-page summary in Russian, under the supervision of an appointed faculty committee.
  • Consulted with the undergraduate advisor in their junior year.

Study abroad

Students are encouraged to participate in an approved study-abroad program for a semester or the summer term. The department will adjust the course requirements in individual cases to accommodate this participation without delaying the student’s graduation. Majors often apply for Nationality Rooms Program Scholarships for summer study abroad. The Summer Language Institute (SLI) offers generous scholarships as well. The following represents a partial list of study abroad opportunities available to students.

  • Summer study in Moscow: The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures currently sponsors a ten-credit summer-study program as part of the SLI in Pittsburgh (5 weeks) and Moscow (5 weeks) at the Moscow State University. Students may study first through fourth year Russian, covering one full year language study in ten weeks. Similar programs exist for study in Poland and Bulgaria. The Slavic department can be reached at 412-624-5096 or via e-mail at
  • The University of Pittsburgh is affiliated with a number of organizations holding both summer and semester, or year-long study in Russia. The Study Abroad Office, located in 802 William Pitt Union, can be reached at 412-647-7413.
  • The Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (REEES) regularly organizes summer study abroad programs in languages and social sciences in locations from the Czech Republic to Slovakia. REEES makes scholarships available for many of these programs. Trevor Erlacher, the REES undergraduate advisor, can be reached at 412-648-7403 or
  • The Nationality Rooms Program offers a wide variety of competitive scholarships for summer study abroad in many parts of the world, including Central and Eastern Europe. Applications are due in January. The NRP, located in 1209 CL, can be reached at 412-624-6510.

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