What will I learn?

Russian language, culture, and politics play an important role beyond Central and Eastern Europe, affecting the international community as a whole. To develop an understanding of this complex country and its people, students pursuing a B.A. in Russian Language, Literature, and Culture start with intensive language study. They then build on this knowledge with diverse cultural studies, including Russian art, cinema, literature, and history. Opportunities for close relationships with acclaimed faculty and hands-on learning are at the core of this transformative experience, and allow students to develop exceptional insight into Russia and the people who reside there.

Major Requirements

1. RUSS 110 (5 credits)

2. RUSS 301, 302, and 303; OR RUSS 350 (15 credits)

One ore more of these language courses may be satisfied by taking placement exam and testing out of them. A successful placement exam does not count towards the 50-credit requirement.

3. RUSS 322, 323 (10 credits, may be taken in any order)

4. RUSS 340 (5 credits)

5. A minimum of 15 credits from the following list of courses (no more than 5 credits may be taken at the 100 level):

RUSS 111, 112, 113: First-Year Medical Russian

RUSS 120: Topics in Russian Literary and Cultural History

RUSS 210: From Paganism to Christianity: Medieval Russian Mythology, Literature, and Culture

RUSS 220: Topics in Russian Literary and Cultural History

RUSS 223: Russian Cinema

RUSS 230: Masterpieces of Russian Literature

RUSS 240: Vladimir Nabokov

RUSS 260: Underworlds

RUSS 313, 314: Business Russian

RUSS 316: Extended Russian Through Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

RUSS 320: Topics in Russian Literary and Cultural History

RUSS 324: Russian Folk Literature in English

RUSS 401, 402, 403: Fourth-Year Russian

RUSS 420: Topics in Russian Literary and Cultural History

RUSS 421: Post-Soviet Literary and Cultural Scene

RUSS 422: Russian Literature in Emigration and Exile

RUSS 423: Russian Film

RUSS 424: Topics in Ethnicity and Cultural Identity

RUSS 425: Russian Drama

RUSS 426: Russian Art and Architecture

RUSS 427: Russian Jewish Experience

RUSS 430: Major Authors

RUSS 450: Intensive Fourth-Year Russian

RUSS 451: Structure of Russian

RUSS 481, 482, 483, 486: Study Abroad (see adviser)

RUSS 490: Studies in Russian Literature

SLAVIC 101: Slavic Lands and Peoples

SLAVIC 110: The Slavic Languages

SLAVIC 210: Introduction to Bilingualism

SLAVIC 223: East European Cinema

SLAVIC 320: The Other Europe: Post-World War II East European Fiction

SLAVIC 323: Masterpieces of East European Cinema

SLAVIC 351: Introduction to the History of Slavic Languages

SLAVIC 370: What is in a Language Name? The Case of BCMS

SLAVIC 401: Research Methods and Writing

SLAVIC 423: East European Film

SLAVIC 425: Ways of Meaning: Universal & Culture Specific Aspects of Language

SLAVIC 426: Ways of Feeling: Expressions of Emotions Across Languages & Cultures

SLAVIC 470: Special Topics in Slavic Linguistics

SLAVIC 490: Studies in Slavic Literatures

SLAVIC 498: Senior Honors Thesis

HSTEU 444/JSIS A 444: Imperial Russia: 1700-1900

HSTEU 445/JSIS A 445: The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union

6. A minimum of 50% of credits applied to the major must be taken at the 300 or 400 level.

7. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all courses presented for this major.

8. A minimum of 15 graded credits presented for this major must be completed through the UW.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (180 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$39,114.00 per year
Start date

Expected June, September 2022


University of Washington

Schmitz Hall, 1410 NE Campus Parkway,



98195, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements: 580 paper-based TOEFL.

For international students

Student must have a High School Qualification.

Due to limited testing availability from COVID-19, the UW will accept the Duolingo’s English Test for autumn 2021 applicants. A minimum score of 105 will be required for admission. The TOEFL iBT special home edition and the IELTS Indicator at home exam will also be accepted for 2021 international freshman applicants.

English proficiency

TOEFL (iBT) - Minimum score required: 76, Recommended score: 92 or higher

IELTS - Minimum score required: 6.0, Recommended score: 7.0 or higher

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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