Requirements for the major in Russian include: 

  • A minimum of 44 quarter hours of approved courses beyond the elementary level (RUSS 1003) 
  • Twelve of the 44 quarter hours must be from three 3000-level courses 

Students are encouraged to take one literature and culture course in English translation, choosing from RUSS 1416, RUSS 1613, RUSS 1922, RUSS 1922, RUSS 1860, RUSS 2917, RUSS 2461, or RUSS 2116. This course can be used both for the Russian major and to satisfy the Common Curriculum's Analytical Inquiry: Society requirement. 

While not required, students who major in Russian are encouraged to study abroad in Russia. Students can also participate in local service-learning or internship opportunities. The number of credits earned through these experiences is established by agreement with the Russian faculty and is subject to institutional requirements. 


The sequence below is a representative sample. The courses you take may vary based on your specific situation and the program's current offerings. 

1st Year 

RUSS 1001, RUSS 1002, RUSS 1003 (12 qtr. hrs., completing DU's language proficiency requirement) 

2nd Year 

RUSS 1922, RUSS 2001, RUSS 2002, RUSS 2110 (16 qtr. hrs., applied to major) 

3rd Year 

RUSS 2116, RUSS 2416, RUSS 3300, RUSS 3650 (16 qtr. hrs., applied to major) 

Students are encouraged to study abroad in Russia for the fall quarter of their third year. Studying abroad under the Cherrington Global Scholars Program would significantly increase the number of credits earned during the third year. 

4th Year 

RUSS 2917, RUSS 3701, RUSS 3850 (12 qtr. hrs., applied to major) 

4th Year Distinction in Russian Option 

Additional honors thesis courses: RUSS 3995, RUSS 3998 (8 additional qtr. hrs., applied to major)