Russian Studies

David Thompson (department head), Laurie Iudin-Nelson (section leader, program director)

The Russian studies major is intended to provide students with sufficient background in Russian language and culture to permit consideration of graduate work in related fields. It is also intended to prepare students in such diverse fields as economics, business, political science, history, anthropology, international relations, the sciences, medicine, law, social work, and education to enter their vocation prepared to contribute to decisions and issues which relate to Russian-American interactions.

The Russian studies minor may be taken in conjunction with any major of the student's choice. Students should consult with the appropriate department for details regarding those majors. Courses normally do not count for both a major and a minor. Russian language study is a central component of both the major and the minor in Russian studies.

The following courses are approved as electives for the Russian studies major and minor:

List A: FCUL/RUS 241, 341, HIST 254


Requirements for a major: 36 hours including RUS 201, 202, and RUS 345; three elective courses from the preceding list of approved courses in Russian studies, including one course from list A and one course from list B; a language immersion experience; a senior project. Writing requirement completed with FCUL/RUS/WGST 243, FCUL/RUS 350, or RUS 345. Russian Studies majors who choose to complete a senior project in a second major are not required to complete the senior project in Russian Studies.

Requirements for a minor: A minimum of 20 hours including RUS 201, 202, and at least three courses selected from the preceding list of approved courses in Russian studies.

Appropriate special topics courses, Paideia 450 courses, and study-abroad courses are reviewed by the Russian Studies Board and may be approved for the Russian Studies major and minor. Students may petition the Russian Studies Board to have relevant courses meet degree requirements.

Language immersion experience: For majors, a minimum of a semester of academic study (minimum of 12 credits) in a country where Russian is an official language. For minors, a language immersion experience is strongly recommended, but not required. Program selection must be approved by the department for all majors and minors prior to departure. All majors and minors are encouraged to help maintain and advance their language skills by completing courses in the language during their final semesters at Luther.

Language Learning Center

The department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics has a Language Learning Center in Main Building. Language students have access to computerized language learning materials, to computers with audio and video editing software, and to video study rooms where they may view prerecorded foreign language videos and DVDs or watch live international TV. The Languages Learning Center also houses the department's Foreign Language Media Library with over 800 foreign language films and a selection of leisure reading books and audio books for language learners. Students can check out these materials as well as audio and video equipment for their class assignments. The Language Learning Center also provides language students with valuable work-study experiences related to their interest in languages.

For Russian literature and culture courses in English translation, see foreign culture.