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Russian - Programs

Minor in Russian (code RGR_UM04)

The purpose of the Minor in Russian is to provide interested students with a focused program of studies in the Russian language. The Minor in Russian is available to any non-Russian major.


Prerequisites: RUSS 101A (4), 101B (4)

Twenty additional units, of which 12 units must be taken in upper-division course work: RUSS 201A (4), 201B (4), 310 (3), 312 (3), 314 (3), 410 (3), 428 (3).

Certificate in Russian and East European Studies (code RGR_CT01)

Russian and East European Studies has an interdisciplinary program which offers students interested in this field the opportunity to pursue courses leading to a Certificate in Russian and East European Studies. Courses used to meet this certificate requirement may be counted also, where applicable toward the General Education requirement and the major and teaching minor requirements of the cooperating departments.

Interdisciplinary in concept, it covers the fields of anthropology, economics, geography, history, comparative literature, philosophy, political science and the Russian language.

The expanding opportunities for careers and public service in foreign policy administration, international organization, international business activities, education and information for intercultural understanding, make it useful to organize studies leading to a certificate in this ever important part of the world. This will tend to enhance the student’s possibility for a career in business, education or government, and broaden the scope of understanding.

Interested students should apply to the Director, Russian and East European Studies, Dr. Harold Schefski, Department of Romance, German and Russian.


  1. A bachelor’s degree with an approved major. Certificate can also be earned concurrently with the bachelor’s degree.
  2. A minimum of two semesters of a Slavic language;
  3. 18 units selected from four of the disciplines listed below chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor. No more than six units of any one discipline shall apply toward the certificate; ANTH 490*; CWL 349, 449; ECON 490*; GEOG 318; HIST 341A, 341B, 490*; 495*; PHIL 490*; POSC 306, 497; RUSS 101A-B, 201A, 201B, 310, 312, 314, 410, 428; RGR 346I.
  4. Cumulative GPA of 2.75 in all courses in the student’s approved certificate program.

*May be taken only when course work is applicable to Russian and East European Studies. Consultation with director of the center is required.