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2015-2016 University Catalog 
2015-2016 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Russian, BA

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About the Program

Welcome to the website of the Purdue Russian Program. Our website will provide you with information about Russian courses, majoring or minoring in Russian, the Russian faculty, Russian Program activities outside the classroom, and other information about Russian and studying Russian.

Russian is an important world language and Russia has a rich culture which is notably different from that of Western Europe. The Russian Program offers courses in Russian language from first through fourth year, as well as courses in Russian literature, Russian linguistics, and Russian civilization and culture. Click here to see a list of courses which will be offered in the coming semester.

Many students choose to major or minor in Russian. Students with a good working knowledge of the Russian language and Russian culture have an advantage in applying for many types of jobs in the modern world. You can find information about majoring or minoring in Russian and the requirements for majors or minors here.

The Purdue Russian Program extends outside the classroom as well. We hold a weekly tea hour that allows students from all levels of Russian to meet, play games and practice their Russian in informal conversation. Sometimes international students from Russia or other Russian-speaking countries come too, which provides an opportunity for wider cultural contact. There is also the Russian Club (a student organization), which holds a variety of different activities of interest.

Prospective employers take note of Russian on a resume. Students who have studied Russian along with another major report that they often get asked about their Russian studies during job interviews. Some have felt that having Russian listed on their transcript or resume was an important factor which helped them to get the interview.

Knowledge of Russian can form an important pillar of support for an interesting career and can greatly enhance the possibilities for entering and advancing in a wide variety of occupations. Graduates from the Purdue Russian Program have gotten jobs in government agencies, and also in business, marketing, banking, accounting, teaching, journalism, and advertising. One graduate of the Russian Program is an administrator with the U.S. Olympic Committee, and was the Team Leader for the U.S. team at the 2014 Paralympics in Sochi. (Now, that’s the way to make use of your Russian!) Other graduates are also making direct use of their Russian, and some are even employed in Russia.

Summary of Program Requirements

The Summary of Program Requirements for Russian  is a comprehensive list of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. Unlike the full Detailed Program Requirements listed below, complete lists of selectives for any given category are not shown. These summaries are intended to be printer-friendly and less expansive in detail.

Detailed Program Requirements

Please see below for detailed program requirements and possible selective fulfillments.

120 Credits

Courses with a grade lower than “C” may not be used in the major, and students must have a minimum GPA of 2.67/4.0 in the major overall in order to graduate with a Russian major.

Russian Major Requirements (35 credits)

Before undertaking this major, the student must establish proficiency equivalent to Russian Level IV. Proficiency may be established by taking and passing RUSS 20200 , by examination, or by other evidence acceptable to the School of Languages & Culture.

In addition LC 26100  (or ENGL 22700 /SLHS 22700  or LING 20100 ) is a prerequisite for Requirement C of the major.

D. One of the following courses in Russian culture (3 credits)

E. Russian Electives (9 credits)

 Nine hours chosen from the following

Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements (57 - 58 credits)

Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements

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  • Other Languages (Proficiency through Level IV in one language) - Credits Hours: 12.00
  • Mathematics - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Statistics - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Western Heritage - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • United States Tradition - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Other Cultures - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Aesthetic Awareness - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Racial and Ethnic Diversity - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Gender Issues - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Social Ethics - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Individual and Society - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Global Perspective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Natural Sciences - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Natural Sciences Lab - Credit Hours: 3.00

Electives (27-28 credits)

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning

Program Requirements

Fall 1st Year

15 Credits

Spring 1st Year

15 Credits

Fall 2nd Year

15 Credits

Spring 2nd Year

16 Credits

15 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

15 Credits

Fall 4th Year

  • REQ E - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Social Ethics - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits

Spring 4th Year

14 Credits


Courses with a grade lower than “C” may not be used in the major, and students must have a minimum GPA of 2.67/4.0 in the major overall in order to graduate with a Russian major.

120 semester credits required for Bachelor of Arts degree.

2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Arts degree.

32 credit hours at 30000 level or higher required for Bachelor of Arts degree.

Degree Requirements

The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

Degree Works is knowledge source for specific requirements and completion

Foreign Language Courses

Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.  For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.

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