Russian Language and Literature Minor

A minor in Russian Language and Literature allows students to achieve a high level of proficiency in the Russian language and study Russian literature. The program offers elementary through advanced language courses and a number of courses on 19th and 20th-century Russian literature (in translation) on a wide variety of topics. Students are strongly encouraged to study abroad.


For a minor in Russian Language and Literature, students are required to complete 20 graded credits of coursework. The prerequisite is Elementary Russian (L39 Russ 101 and L39 Russ 102) or the equivalent.

  • 8 credits must be Intermediate Russian (211D, 212D).
  • 6 credits must be Third-Year Russian (322D, 324D).
  • 3 credits must be a 300 or 400 level course in Russian literature.
  • The final 3 credits may be from either

one of the following advanced language and culture courses, if offered: Russian 404, 405, 431, 432
a Russian subject course taught in such departments as History, Music or Political Science.

  • Students can earn up to 6 credits from study abroad or a summer program, with the approval of the Russian Language and Literature minor advisor.
  • All advanced credits must be unique to the Russian Language and Literature minor (i.e. not counted towards any other major or minor).
  • Students must earn at least a B- or above in language courses in order to continue to the next level. They must also maintain at least a B- average in all courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements. Students who do not meet this requirement may either repeat the course(s) in question or earn at least a B- in an approved equivalent course or courses (either during the summer or in a study abroad program).

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Study Abroad

The Russian Language and Literature minor program encourages students to study abroad in Russia and other post-Soviet countries. WashU offers summer, semester or year-long study in St. Petersburg, Russia under the auspices of the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) and a summer program in Kazakhstan. Students can also petition for an alternative study abroad program by filling out the Washington University Petition Packet. Students may count up to 6 units from study abroad toward the Russian Language and Literature minor: 3 units for a literature or culture course, and 3 units for a language course.

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