Russian Studies

The Russian minor incorporates courses in language instruction, contemporary issues, speech etiquette and cultural traditions.

As of Fall 2020, students are unable to declare a minor in Russian. Students who have previously declared will be able to complete the requirements. If you have questions, please check with your advisor, or contact the Office of the Registrar at

Degrees Offered:

  • Minor: Russian
  • Students may also self-design an interdisciplinary major in Russian. If interested, please contact Dr. Lila Zaharkov ( for more information.

Students also have the option of a major or minor in Russian and Central Eurasian Studies.

Course Listings

  • Click here to read complete descriptions of the Russian courses offered at Wittenberg.

Degree Requirements:

Minor in Russian

The minor consists of 20 credits chosen from the following courses. Russian 112: Beginning Russian II is the prerequisite for the courses in the 200-level, or by placement exam.

I. Ten credits from the following two-credit courses:

  • Russian 260: Contemporary Issues (offered yearly)
  • Russian 262: Art of Translation (offered yearly)
  • Russian 263: Culture and Film (offered yearly)
  • Russian 264: Voices from the Past (offered alternate spring semesters)
  • Russian 266: Russian Speech Etiquette (offered alternate years)
  • Russian 230: Topics in Russian Language (1-4 credits)

II. Four credits of courses on the 300-level or above (four of which may be taken through study abroad):

  • Russian 316: Cultural Traditions (2 credits)
  • Russian 317: National Identity (2 credits)
  • Russian 330: Topics in Russian Language
  • Russian 490: Independent Study

III. Two credits from Culture and Language Across the Curriculum (CLAC)

  • One credit of Russian 270: CLAC
  • One credit of Russian 370: CLAC

IV. Four credits chosen from:

  • Russian 130: Topics in Translation
  • History 251: Medieval Russia
  • History 252: Imperial Russia
  • History 212: Topics in Russian History as appropriate (Medieval History of Eastern Europe, etc.)
  • Political Science 352: Russian Foreign Policy
  • Sociology 390: Russian and Central Eurasian Societies
  • Economics 231: European Economic History (Prerequisite: Economics 200)
  • Economics 275: Economies in Transition (Prerequisite: Economics 200)
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