Goals for the Russian Major

A student majoring in Russian should be able to

Requirements for the Russian Major

A student majoring in Russian must take at least eight units in the department above RUSS 102, including:


  1. Language courses through RUSS 202, and at least 2 units of language at the 300 level
  2. RUSS 251
  3. Two 200-level courses above RUSS 251
  4. At least 2 of the following half-unit courses: RUSS 333, RUSS 376, and RUSS 377, RUSS 386

RUSS 101, RUSS 102, RUSS 203 and RUSS 303 are counted toward the degree but not toward the Russian major.

Thus, a student who begins with no knowledge of Russian would typically complete the following courses to major in Russian: RUSS 101 and RUSS 102, RUSS 201 and RUSS 202, and two courses from among RUSS 301, RUSS 302, RUSS 305, RUSS 306; RUSS 251; two 200-level literature courses above RUSS 251; and one unit from 300-level literature courses.

Honors in Russian

Students may graduate with honors in Russian by writing a thesis. To be admitted to the thesis program, a student must have a grade point average of at least 3.5 in all work in the major field above the 100 level; the department may petition on her behalf if her GPA in the major is between 3.0 and 3.5. Students who wish to attempt an honors thesis should consult the chair early in the second semester of their junior year. See Academic Distinctions.

International Study in Russian

Majors are encouraged to enroll in summer language programs to accelerate their progress in the language. Credit toward the major is normally given for approved summer or academic-year study at selected institutions in the United States and Russia. Major credit is also given for approved junior year international study programs.

Russian Area Studies

Students interested in an interdepartmental major in Russian Area Studies are referred to the following and should visit the Russian Area Studies Web pages at www.wellesley.edu/russianareastudies. Attention is called to Russian Area Studies courses in history, economics, political science, anthropology, and sociology.

Courses for Credit Toward the Russian Major

CPLT 284 Magical Realism


CPLT 294 Utopia and Dystopia in Literature