Russian and Soviet Studies

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Humanities and Social Sciences Building, Fifth Floor
Muir College

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Russian and Soviet Studies is an interdisciplinary program that provides a broad range of courses in the history, language, literature, and social and political life of Russia (before, during, and after the Soviet period). It is designed for students who do not wish to restrict their Russian studies to literature.

The Minor

The minor consists of seven courses, at least four of which must be upper division. In addition, there must be at least one course each from two of the three following areas: literature, history, and social science. No more than three of the seven courses may be language courses. Knowledge of the language is not a requirement for the minor, but it is strongly recommended.

The Major

The major requires a study of Russian language. It consists of LTRU 1A-B-C (First-Year Russian), LTRU 2A-B-C (Second-Year Russian), or their equivalent, and a minimum of twelve upper-division courses. All students are required to take LTRU 104A-B-C (Advanced Practicum in Russian), HIEU 134 (History of Russia, Ninth Century to 1855), HIEU 156 (History of Russia, 1855 to the Present), and LTRU 110A-B-C (Survey of Russian Literature in Translation). In addition, students will take four electives, of which at least two must be from the social sciences (sociology or political science).

Students in the major are encouraged to participate in the Education Abroad Program (EAP) in Russia and to investigate other options for foreign study through the Opportunities Abroad Program (OAP). By petition, credits earned through EAP/OAP can fulfill UC San Diego degree and major requirements. Please visit the website at for further details.