Minor in Russian Studies

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.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate at least novice-high fluency in Russian in speaking, listening, reading and writing.
  2. Manifest understanding of and sensitivity to diverse cultural practices that can be found in Russian speaking communities.
  3. Manifest understanding of historical and political developments that have shaped Russian speaking communities.
  4. Articulate various aspects of culture, politics, and/or history of Russian-speaking communities in English writing and speech and demonstrate presentation/ communication skills.

Russian Studies Minor - 14 units minimum

All course work used to satisfy the requirements of the minor must be completed with a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

A minimum of 6 upper-division units are required to complete the minor.

Lower-Division Requirements (8 units)

RUSS 101First Semester Russian4
RUSS 102Second Semester Russian4

Upper-Division Requirements (6-8 units)

Select Two:

CINE 373Film and Society3
HUM 373Biography of a City: European Cities3
I R 303Post-Western World: Political, Economic, and Cultural Challenges1
I R 460/HIST 430Rising Powers4
JS/CWL 480European Jewish Writers3
MLL 325Linguistics for Foreign Languages3
MLL 400GWReading and Analysis of Cultural Texts - GWAR3
PLSI/I R 407Politics of Russia4
PLSI/I R 409Russia and World Order4
RUSS 306Advanced Conversation and Composition3