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Russian Minor

Slavic Languages & Literatures
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Required credits in this minor: 16 to 26
Russian is the native language of some 150 million citizens of the Russian Federal Republic and remains the unofficial lingua franca of the former Soviet republics, an indispensable communications tool across all of the Caucasus and Central Asia. The minor in Russian includes the study of the spoken language as well as the literature and culture of Russia.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Beginning Russian
These courses, or equivalent, must be taken in sequential order. In select cases, students with advanced proficiency may be exempt from taking some or all of these courses. See the departmental adviser for more information.
Take 0 - 2 course(s) totaling 0 - 10 credit(s) from the following:
· RUSS 1101 - Beginning Russian I (5.0 cr)
· RUSS 1102 - Beginning Russian II (5.0 cr)
Minor Requirements
Students are required to complete 2 semester(s) of Russian. with a grade of C-, or better, or S, or demonstrate proficiency in the language(s) as defined by the department or college.
All minor coursework must be taken A-F. At least one course must be taken in the Russian program at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. Students may earn a BA or a minor in Russian, but not both. The program must be approved by the director of undergraduate studies.
Minor Courses
Take exactly 2 course(s) totaling exactly 10 credit(s) from the following:
· RUSS 3001 - Intermediate Russian I (5.0 cr)
· RUSS 3002 - Intermediate Russian II (5.0 cr)
Take 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· RUSS 3xxx
· RUSS 5xxx
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RUSS 1101 - Beginning Russian I
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01547 - Russ 1101/Russ 4101
Typically offered: Every Fall
Listening, speaking, reading, writing.
RUSS 1102 - Beginning Russian II
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01548 - Russ 1102/Russ 4102
Typically offered: Every Spring
Listening, speaking, reading, writing. prereq: 1101 or equiv
RUSS 3001 - Intermediate Russian I
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01549 - Russ 3001/Russ 4103
Typically offered: Every Fall
Conversation, composition, grammar review, translation, readings in literature. prereq: 1102 or instr consent
RUSS 3002 - Intermediate Russian II
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01550 - Russ 3002/Russ 4104
Typically offered: Every Spring
Expansion of experience in speaking, reading, and understanding Russian. Reading contemporary texts. prereq: 3001 or instr consent