Minor in Russian

The minor in Russian is for students who seek to become proficient in the Russian language and acquire a good grasp of Russian cultural trends. In our introductory and intermediate Russian language courses, we use textbooks supplemented with authentic materials (short stories, poems, videos, songs, advertisements, magazines and newspapers, menus, etc.). Both culture courses in translation and advanced language and culture courses taught in Russian are offered. Students are encouraged to study abroad in Moscow, St. Petersburg, or elsewhere. Graduating Russian minors can go on to jobs in government, business, and nonprofits, and to graduate programs in Russian area studies.

The minor in Russian requires completion of six courses once the prerequisite has been satisfied.


  • CAS LR 211/212 Second-Year Russian I & II, or equivalent


  • Six 4-credit courses numbered CAS LR 240 and above

A grade of C or higher is required in all courses taken toward the minor.

Students may include up to three transfer courses from other colleges, universities, or non–Boston University study abroad programs (but only with approval of the minor advisor) and must take a minimum of three courses on the Charles River Campus. Internships taken through Boston University or other study abroad programs may not be credited toward the minor.

Hub: Courses taken for the Russian minor will ordinarily also satisfy BU Hub requirements in Philosophical, Aesthetic and Historical Interpretation; Diversity, Civic Engagement and Global Citizenship; and Communication, along with requirements in the Intellectual Toolkit.