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Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Major in Russian

UofSC offers South Carolina's only undergraduate Russian major. The major requires 9 credits of prerequisites (RUSS 280, 201, 202) plus 24 additional credits, which must include third- and fourth-year Russian language and either RUSS 319 (Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature in Translation) or RUSS 320 (Twentieth-Century Russian Literature in Translation). Additional credits may include topics courses in Russian culture and language, ranging from Russian linguistics to Russian film to specialized courses in literature. Contact Dr. Ogden, the undergraduate advisor, if you are interested in majoring or have any questions.

Students are advised by the Director of the Russian Program in consultation with other Russian Program faculty. Program faculty know each individual student and help students map out a plan of study appropriate to their needs and career goals. Study abroad options as well as minor or cognate choices are important subjects to discuss during the advisement process. Russian students are encouraged to make appointments at any stage of their academic careers to consult with their advisor, go over their plan of study, and discuss their future goals and how best to meet them.


General Education Requirements
Same as College of Arts and Sciences

Other Major Prerequisites
Six credits in RUSS 201 and 202 (or equivalent), and three credits in RUSS 280.

Major Requirements 
Twenty-four credits in Russian numbered 300 or above:
1. Twelve credits from RUSS 301, 302, 401, and 402.
2. Twelve credits from RUSS 319, 319L, 320, 320L, 398, 399, and 598.
(must include 319 or 320)
398 and 598 can be repeated for major credit under different suffixes

Placement Information

Students with questions about placement in Russian classes and what level of Russian to take should contact Dr. Ogden by email at

Graduate students majoring in other disciplines who need to take the Graduate Reading Proficiency Exam in Russian should also contact Dr. Ogden.

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