The minor in Russian will provide students the opportunity to acquire a core of basic knowledge of Russia and other Russian-speaking countries and their cultures, 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. With the approval of the department and college that administers the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Students who plan to complete the requirements of the minor should consult the undergraduate advisor in the Department of Linguistics, Languages, and Cultures.

Program Requirements

Complete a minimum of 15 credits from the following courses. Only one of the following courses can apply: RUS 231, RUS 232, or RUS 250.

  • RUS 201: Second-Year Russian I (4 credits)
  • RUS 202: Second-Year Russian II (4 credits)
  • RUS 231: 19th Century Russian Literature in Translation (3 credits)
  • RUS 232: 20th Century Russian Literature in Translation (3 credits)
  • RUS 250: Russian and Soviet Cinema (3 credits)
  • RUS 311: Advanced Russian: Oral Communication (I) (3 credits)
  • RUS 341: Russian Life and Culture of the 20th Century (3 credits)
  • RUS 420: Russian Life and Culture before World War I (3 credits)
  • RUS 421: Russian Life of the 20th Century (3 credits)
  • RUS 440: Contemporary Russian Life and Culture (W) (3 credits)
  • RUS 441: Russian Literature (W) (3 credits)
  • RUS 491: Special Topics in Russian Studies (1-6 credits)