The minor in Russian provides students with the opportunity to acquire advanced-level skills in the Russian language and to apply these skills to the study of Russian literature and culture. The minor enhances any major, especially those in history, government and international politics, geography, literature, theater, communication, and economics.


Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor. Students must complete 18 credits at the 300-level or above with a minimum grade of 2.00 in each course. For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.

Banner Code: RUS

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 18

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Core Courses


RUSS 302Russian Conversation and Composition3
or RUSS 303 Russian Advanced Conversation
RUSS 380Advanced Russian I3
RUSS 381Advanced Russian II3
Total Credits9


RUSS 310Readings in Russian Literature3
or RUSS 311 Contemporary Russian Short Fiction
Total Credits3

Additional Course

RUSS 353Russian Civilization (Mason Core)3
or RUSS 354 Contemporary Post-Soviet Life (Mason Core)
Total Credits3


Select one elective at the 3xx level or above 13
Total Credits3

This course must be conducted in Russian.