Russia’s role in today’s world is of vital importance. The Russian Major and Minor at Holy Cross aim to develop students’ speaking skills and also to ensure broad literacy in Russian history and culture. In addition to all levels of language study, the Russian Program offers a wide array of literature and culture courses in different centuries (early Russia, 19th century, 20th century, contemporary Russian), genres (drama, poetry, prose, film), and geographical focus (Kievan Rus, European Russia, Siberia). Students should take advantage of the variety of offerings to familiarize themselves with the many different aspects of Russian cultural history.
Consult with Russian Program faculty on matters of placement (PDF) and minor credit. Majors and minors who spend time in Russia on study programs may participate in academic and work internship programs offered by those programs for major and minor credit.
Russian Major Requirements
Russian majors take a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 14 courses at the intermediate level or above. Majors must successfully complete Russian 201, 202 (Intermediate Russian) and Russian 301 (Composition and Conversation) or their equivalent, although major are encouraged to continue language study throughout their college careers. Majors are also required to take a minimum of four literature and/or culture courses. Of these four courses, at least one must be selected from those conducted in Russian. Students may count toward the major one of the regularly offered courses on Russia in the Political Science or History Departments. These latter courses may not be taken in lieu of literature and culture courses conducted in Russian. Majors should seriously consider study abroad in Russia for summer study, a semester, or an academic year. Majors who study abroad are required to take at least two courses at Holy Cross in their fourth year.
Russian Minor Requirements
Russian minors take a minimum of six courses on the intermediate level or above. Minors are required to successfully complete Russian 201, 202 (Intermediate Russian) and Russian 301 (Composition and Conversation). Students select at least three additional courses in Russian language, literature, or culture. Students’ personal interests will dictate the distribution of these remaining courses. Students my count toward the minor one of the regularly offered courses on Russia in the Political Science or History Departments. Minors who study abroad are required to take at least three courses at Holy Cross, including at least one in their fourth year.