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Dr. Mary Louise Loe
(540) 568-6168

Dr. Stephany Plecker
(540) 568-3578

Russian Studies

This minor offers students a broad, cross disciplinary perspective on Russian culture, history, political institutions, economy and geography. This program deepens the students' understanding and knowledge of the Russian and non-Russian peoples of the former Soviet Union, and prepares them for careers in teaching, government and international business. Students should take courses in at least three different disciplines from the following list:

Required Courses
Credit Hours
Choose three from the following:  
     ECON 301. Economies in Transition
     GEOG 333. Russian and the Former USSR
     HIST 385. Russia to 1855
     HIST 386. Russia Since 1855
     HIST 475. Modern Russia
     POSC 337. Russia and Post-Soviet Politics
     RUS 266/GHUM 200. Russian Literature in Translation/Great Works
     RUS 300. Russian Conversation and Composition
     RUS 308. Introduction to Russian Civilization
     RUS 315. Russian Phonetics
     RUS 320. Advanced Russian Grammar
     RUS 405. Russian Literature of the 19th Century
     RUS 426. Russian Literature of the 20th Century
     RUS 438. Studies in Russian Literature
Students may include one course from the following list:
     ECON 490. Special Studies in Economics
     FL 490. Special Studies in Foreign Languages (Russian)
     GEOG 490. Senior Project II
     HIST 399. Special Studies in History
     POSC 490. Senior Tutorial in Political Science


With the approval of a program coordinator, six to eight hours of Russian language may be included. Students may also earn credit by studying in a program in Russia or any of the former Soviet states.