Russian Minor

Overview of Program

Students minoring in Russian will complete 16 credits consisting of Russian 110, Russian 210, and 6 additional credits. For more information about the credit requirements for this minor, visit the course catalog.

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Why study Russian?

  • Russian is the eighth most spoken language worldwide and is one of the six official languages of the United Nations.
  • Approximately 150 million people speak Russian as a first language and another 120 million people speak it as a second language.
  • Russian is the official language of Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan and is used in Ukraine, Latvia, Moldova, and most of Eastern Europe.
  • Russian's Cyrillic alphabet is currently used for more than 50 languages, notably Belarusian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Serbian, Ukrainian and Kabardian, among others.

Russian Courses

  • Intensive Beginning Russian
    • Primary emphasis on developing the skills of understanding, speaking, reading and writing Great Russian, with thorough study of the Cyrillic alphabet.
  • Intensive Intermediate Russian
    • Continues development of the four major skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  Builds on grammatical concepts learned in RUSS 110 and provides a solid foundation for the student interested in visiting Russia and/or in reading the Russian classics, contemporary literature and newspapers. 
  • Contemporary Russian Culture & Language
    • A summer travel course to St. Petersburg, Russia.   An examination of the development of Russian history, art, literature, language and culture.

Readers and independent studies may be available upon request.

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Contact Information


Konstantin Lyavdansky, Professor of Russian

To learn more about the Russian program, contact Mr. Konstantin Lyavdansky.

Konstantin Lyavdansky 
324 O'Hara Hall

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