Feb 23, 2024
The Russian major requires at least 33 distributed as follows.
These courses do not count toward the 33 credits required for the major.
Literature and culture courses
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 Russian and East European Study Center regularly organizes summer study abroad programs in languages and social sciences in locations from the Czech Republic to Slovakia. REES makes scholarships available for many of these programs. Nadia Kirkov, the REES undergraduate advisor, can be reached at 412-648-7418.
- 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.
For more information, see www.slavic.pitt.edu.