Russian Studies

Students who complete the B.A. in Russian graduate from MSU with proficiency in the Russian language and a wide range of knowledge about Russia itself and major trends and themes in its development, including its history, politics, cinema, literature, and culture. All courses feature small classes using materials designed specifically for MSU students. All students are encouraged to spend time studying in Russia or a Russian-speaking country.

We offer

Active Student Community

Our program has an engaged community with a Russian club that offers students opportunities to undertake leadership roles

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Small Class Sizes

Small classes lead to students working closely with faculty starting in Russian 101 all the way through 400-level classes

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Hybrid Curriculum

Hybrid courses that give students more flexibility in their schedule and materials designed specifically for their level and interests

Degree Areas


The Russian major at MSU will provide students with an in-depth knowledge of the Russian language and an introduction to many facets of Russian culture, including literature, cinema, and popular culture. Many majors spend a summer or semester in Russia or a Russian-speaking country. 


This minor will provide students the opportunity to acquire a core of basic knowledge of Russia, Russian culture, and the Russian language. The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University other than the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Russian. 

Study Abroad Program

Russian Language
in Latvia





This program is for students looking to travel to a Russian-speaking country and improve their language skills. It is offered in the summer in Daugavpils, a Russian-speaking city in Latvia. Students will attend classes and study intensive Russian for six weeks while living with host families.