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Russian Language, Literature, and Culture

night view of Moscow, Russia

Degrees Offered: Minor, B.A.

Why Study Russian?

Known around the world for its literature, ballet, opera, theater, classical music and visual art, Russia's rich and compelling culture has long fascinated Americans, but today the knowledge of Russian also offers myriad employment opportunities both in the U.S. and in Russia.

Our students have found careers in non-governmental organizations, publishing houses, internet start-ups, law, finance, and advertising firms, as well as other businesses both here and in Russia. They go on to work as analysts, researchers, or consultants in fields such as media, marketing, chemistry, aerospace and computer engineering. Others have gone into government service, including positions in the Intelligence community, Department of State, Defense, Homeland Security and USAID.

There has never been a better time to pursue a degree in Russian. If you're already studying Russian, consider these great funding/learning opportunities:
Fulbright ETA / Fulbright Research or Open Study Awards / Gilman International Scholarships / Critical Language Scholarship Program / Boren Scholarships

For SU Russian study abroad opportunities, check out SRAS and the Bard-Smolny Program.

Russian Placement Exam

If you have studied Russian either formally or informally, lived in a Russian-speaking country, or grown up in a Russian-speaking household, you must take a placement exam before being allowed to register for any RUS course. Click here for on-line placement exam information.

Study Abroad

To get the most of your Russian study, we strongly encourage our students to participate in a study abroad program after their 2nd year of study. Syracuse University Study Abroad has a World Partner Program with Bard College for study in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Congratulations to our National Award-Winning Majors & Minors:

Molly Bolan – Fulbright Teaching Award (Russia), 2019; Critical Language Scholarship (Russian), 2018.
Bronwyn Galloway – Undergraduate Research and Creative Works Grant, 2019.
Nathan Shearn – Syracuse University Scholar, 2019; Fulbright-Hays Award, Study in Siberia, 2019.
Casey Woodall – Fulbright-Hays Award, Study in Siberia, 2019.
Jade M. Rhoads – Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship, 2018; Critical Language Scholarship (Russian), 2018; Udall Scholarship, 2017.
Farrell Greenwald Brenner – Syracuse University Scholar, 2017; Fulbright Scholar Award, semi-finalist (Poland), 2017.