Russian Major

For more information about the Russian major, please contact:

Dr. Irina Kostina
634 Phillips Hall
(319) 621-2196

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in Russian requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including 32 s.h. of work for the major earned in Russian courses. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the major and in all UI courses for the major. They also must complete the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences General Education Program.

The major in Russian requires the following courses:

Languageone of these:

The major in Russian requires one the following courses
Course Number & Name Semester Hours
SLAV:3113 Beginning Composition and Conversation I 4 s.h.
SLAV:3114 Beginning Composition and Conversation II 4 s.h.

*Only one of the above courses may be taken in fulfillment of the major. If both SLAV: 3113 and SLAV: 3114 are elected, one will count only as elective credit.


Languageboth of these sequences:

The major in Russian requires one of the following courses
Course Number & Name Semester Hours
SLAV:3111-SLAV:3112 Third-Year Russian I-II 8 s.h.
SLAV:4111-SLAV:4112 Fourth-Year Russian I-II 8 s.h.

Russian and East European culturefour of these:

The major in Russian requires four of the following courses
Course Number & Name Semester Hours
SLAV:1131 Introduction to Russian Culture 3 s.h.
SLAV:1132 Russia Today 3 s.h.
SLAV:1450 Diversities of Eastern Europe: Culture, Art, and Politics 3 s.h.
SLAV:1500 Ukraine, a Country at the Crossroads:
An Interdisciplinary Seminar on Ukrainian History and Culture
3 s.h.
SLAV:1531 Slavic Folklore 3 s.h.
SLAV:1532 Religion and Culture of Slavs 3 s.h.
SLAV:2100 Secrets of Russian Mentality 3 s.h.
SLAV:2131 Women in Russian Society 3 s.h.
SLAV:2531 Topics in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies arr.
SLAV:3082 Youth Subcultures After Socialism 3 s.h.
SLAV:3100 West and East: Women in the Slavic World 3 s.h.
SLAV:3122 Tolstoy and Dostoevsky 3 s.h.
SLAV:3131 Health Care and Health Reforms in Russia 3 s.h.
SLAV:3202 Russian Literature in Translation 1860-1917 3 s.h.

Students majoring in Russian are urged to choose elective courses in economics, geography, history, political science, global health, and international studies. Nearly every avenue of professional training and employment requires a solid background in Russian area studies. For example, criteria for U.S. government employment include substantive knowledge in history, economics, political science, sociological disciplines, scientific specialties, demography, military-related skills, and in some cases, cultural and religious background. In-depth knowledge of literature or linguistics without other substantive background may be of limited practical use in finding employment.

Teacher Certification

Students majoring in Russian who are interested in earning licensure to teach in elementary and/or secondary schools must complete the College of Education's Teacher Education Program (TEP) in addition to the requirements for their major and all requirements for graduation. The TEP requires several College of Education courses and student teaching. Contact the Office of Education Services for details.

Students must satisfy all degree requirements and complete Teacher Education Program licensure before degree conferral.

Students who plan to use their work toward a minor in Russian as academic background for earning teacher licensure should contact the Office of Education Services about requirements.

Four-Year Graduation Plan

The following checkpoints list the minimum requirements students must complete by certain semesters in order to stay on the University's Four-Year Graduation Plan.

Before the third semester begins: competence in first-year Russian

Before the fifth semester begins: competence in second-year Russian

Before the seventh semester begins: competence in third-year Russian, an additional course in the major, and at least 90 s.h. earned toward the degree

Before the eighth semester: competence in fourth-year Russian and two more courses in the major

During the eighth semester: enrollment in all remaining course work in the major, all remaining General Education courses, and a sufficient number of semester hours to graduate

Honors in the Major

Students majoring in Russian must have junior or senior standing, a g.p.a. of at least 3.33 in Russian, and a cumulative University of Iowa g.p.a. of at least 3.33 in order to enroll in the honors program in Russian. Students may earn up to 9 s.h. of honors credit in Russian; they earn 3 s.h. for each set of extensive readings with discussions, regular reports, and a semester paper that they complete. Contact the department for more information about requirements for graduation with honors in the Russian major.

In addition to honors in their majors, undergraduate students have a variety of opportunities for honors study and activities through membership in the University of Iowa Honors Program; visit Honors at Iowa to learn about the University's honors program.