About the Concentration


Russian Studies is a regionally focused interdisciplinary concentration of the major and minor levels of the Special Program in Liberal Studies/International & Global Studies (SPLS/IGS). It is ideal for undergraduate students who desire to study Russia and the former Soviet satellites of Central and Eastern Europe in multiple historical contexts and from a variety of complementary perspectives. Courses focusing on Russian politics, foreign relations, social and human rights issues, history, geography, economics, culture, and the arts (plastic, literary, cinematic, and performance-based) are especially suitable for this major.

Major in SPLS/IGS with a concentration in Russian Studies.  Students pursuing the major-level concentration in Russian Studies complete 30 semester hours of course work to include:

  • • 6 s.h. of course work, at the 300-level or higher, on the Russian language (or a primary language of the former Soviet Union [excluding German], with approval from the Director);
  • • 6 s.h of IGS core courses: IGS 200: “Introduction to International and Global Studies” or IGS 213: “Introduction to Russian Studies” (preferred); and IGS 400: “Capstone Seminar in International and Global Studies*;
    Students with this concentration will develop their end-of-major capstone research project for IGS 400 around a topic inspired by an issue of concern in present-day Russia (or a former Soviet republic or satellite).
  • 18 s.h. of Additional Course work (at least 9 s.h. of which must be at the 300-level or higher) on international and/or global topics corresponding to the four content categories of IGS: Society and Politics; Economics and Development; Arts and Literature; Belief Systems and Cultures**  At least 12 s.h. must comprise course work whose content focuses 51% or more on Russia or the former Soviet Union (and its republics and satellites); 6-9 s.h. of these courses must be at the 300-level or higher.
    ** To ensure category breadth, no more than 9 s.h. may come from a single category; after that, no more than 6 s.h. may come from any other category.
  • International/Global Experience Requirement:  Starting fall 2014, new majors must complete a qualified study abroad experience by the end of their studies.  Russian Studies majors will complete this requirement in Russia or an approved former Soviet republic or satellite (excluding Germany).

Second major in SPLS/IGS with a concentration in Russian Studies.  The second major must meet the same requirements as the Major, with at least 12 s.h. taken outside the student’s first major.

Minor in SPLS/IGS with a concentration in Russian Studies.  The minor must complete 18 s.h., including the IGS foreign language requirement (6 s.h.), an Intro Core course (IGS 200 or IGS 213) (3 s.h.), and 3 Additional Courses whose content focuses 51% or more on Russia or the former Soviet Union (and its republics/satellites) (9 s.h.), with at least 2 courses (6 s.h.) at the upper-level and representing at least 2 program categories.