Modern Languages and Literatures – Russian Studies

College of Liberal & Creative Arts

Dean: Dr. Ifeoma Kiddoe Nwankwo

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

Humanities Building, Room 475
Phone: (415) 338-1421

Chair: Charles Egan
Undergraduate Advisor: Natalia Tkachov

Program Scope

The Russian Studies Minor at San Francisco State University offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the Russian language and to the cultures and politics of Russia and the Republics of the former Soviet Union. Spoken by over 166 million people in over a dozen countries spanning Europe, Central- and East Asia, Russian is one of the world’s major languages. It is also considered a 'Strategic Language' by the US Government. The Russian Studies Minor combines instruction in Russian language with classes in culture, politics, and history and exposes students to the diverse cultural practices and political developments in today’s Russia and Russian speaking communities.

RUSS 101 First Semester Russian (Units: 4)

Instruction in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing Russian.

Course Attributes:

  • Global Perspectives
  • C2: Humanities

RUSS 102 Second Semester Russian (Units: 4)

Prerequisite: RUSS 101 or permission of the instructor.

Continuation of RUSS 101.

Course Attributes:

  • Global Perspectives
  • C2: Humanities

RUSS 306 Advanced Conversation and Composition (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: RUSS 103 or permission of the instructor.

An intensive reading-conversation course.

RUSS 699 Independent Study (Units: 1-3)

Prerequisite: Permission of the department chair and instructor.

Special topics in Russian. Written projects requiring critical analysis and interpretation of linguistic or literary problems. Material adapted to individual needs and interests. May be repeated for a total of 9 units.