Russian Studies (BA, minor)

Program Overview

The Russian Studies program offers a broad range of instruction that combines language training with courses (taught in English) that provide exposure to Russian literature and culture. Language instruction extends from the beginning through the advanced level. Instruction stresses the basic skills—comprehension, speaking, reading and writing—and aims primarily to develop practical competency in two semesters. For heritage speakers of Russian, the course sequence Russian for Russians makes it possible to gain basic reading and writing competency. Russia’s literature and culture are introduced in a permanent sequence of lower- and upper-level courses.

The BA in Russian Studies offers two tracks: Cultural Studies and Area Studies. Students can also minor in Russian.

Degrees Offered

  • BA in Russian Studies: Literary and Cultural Studies
  • BA in Russian Studies: Area Studies


  • Russian

Internships, Research Opportunities and More

There is an honors program available for students who meet the academic requirement. Students are encouraged to attend a study-abroad program in Russia for a summer, semester or academic year.


Some courses to consider in your first year:

After You Graduate

Binghamton University graduates in our program have pursued further studies in international law and governance, history, and Russian language and culture at the graduate level. Many have spent a year in Russia on the Fulbright or as English-language teachers.