Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages
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The primary major in Russian leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree and consists of required core and elective courses  (32-credit minimum) in Russian language, literature, culture, and cinema (beyond first-year Russian language). Students with a primary major in another field may complete an additional major by taking 26 semester credits in Russian beyond first-year language. All courses are interactive and emphasize communication skills; students of Russian receive individual attention in smaller classes.


Recent world events have only reinforced the importance of studying the language and culture of Russia. You may study Russian language, literature, and culture as part of your multicultural education or as a complement to a profession in scientific research, government service, international business, or education. The undergraduate program in Russian at Michigan State University is designed to help you develop proficiency in the Russian language, literature, and culture. Outside fields of specialization such as business, international relations, history, political science, and education are available as additional majors. The Russian program places great emphasis on in-country experience through study abroad and internships. All students are encouraged to study in Russia on an MSU or MSU-approved program.

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