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Russian Studies Program

Rapid political, social, economic and technological changes have sharply increased global interdependence and the need for exchange of information, person-to-person contacts and a more thorough understanding of foreign cultures. The study of Russia is critical, given its pivotal geopolitical position, its voice in world politics, and its role in world science and engineering. Russian studies enrich key strategic TU commitments to its internationalization mission, and in particular to energy studies, cybersecurity, information studies, security studies and international politics.

Drawing on its outstanding faculty and teaching resources, The University of Tulsa offers an interdisciplinary major in Russian Studies comprised of 33 hours of coursework in Russian language, literature and culture, history and politics. The major provides students with a knowledge and understanding of historical and contemporary Russia, as well as the ability to use the Russian language. Students have the opportunity to live and study for a summer, a semester or a year in Russia. The Russian Studies major can be combined with many other majors in the College of Arts and Sciences as well as with the program in International Business in the Collins College of Business.

Program Objectives

Students will

  1. Command the Russian language sufficiently to hold a near-professional conversation with native speakers.
    • Apply Russian language in conversation sufficient to interact with a native speaker.
    • Apply Russian language in writing sufficient to interact with a native reader.
    • Apply other Russian linguistic and cultural operations to successfully interact with native culture.
  2. Appreciate the humanistic tradition in Russian-language culture, literature, history, or politics.
    • Competently demonstrate critical understanding of core components of the Russian tradition in cultural interaction.
    • Demonstrate critical engagement with basic traditions and tensions in culture, literature, history, or politics.
  3. Understand Russian society and its operations well enough to professionally engage and collaborate with Russian speaking actors in industry and diplomatic circles.
    • Understand and demonstrate how command of Russian culture, literature, history, or politics in appropriate ethical and professional behavior.
    • Research and develop opportunities and resources for Russian studies uses after graduation.
Typical Four Year Schedule
FRESHMAN – FALL SEMESTER FRESHMAN – SPRING SEMESTER
 Beginning Russian I  Beginning Russian II
 Block I – Aesthetic Inquiry  Block II – Historical and Social Interpretation
 Block III – Scientific Investigation  Block I
 Russian Poetry  Masterpieces of Russian Literature I
SOPHOMORE – FALL SEMESTER SOPHOMORE – SPRING SEMESTER
 Intermediate Russian I  Intermediate Russian II
 Russia and the West  Russian and European Cinema
 Block II  Block III + Lab
 Masterpieces of Russian Literature II  Russia Today
 General Elective or Minor  General Elective or Minor
JUNIOR – FALL SEMESTER JUNIOR – SPRING SEMESTER
Russian Conversation and Grammar  STUDY ABROAD
 Russian Culture
 Culture of the Soviet Union
 Soviet Russia
 Politics and History in Soviet Film
SENIOR – FALL SEMESTER SENIOR – SPRING SEMESTER
 Politics and Culture of Russia  Russia: Reform and Revolution
 Senior Project  20th Century Russian Literature
 Approaches to Russian Literature  General Elective or Minor
 General Elective or Minor  General Elective or Minor
 General Elective or Minor  General Elective or Minor

* Introduction to College Writing or its equivalent may be a prerequisite in some cases.
† A Supplemental Area Concentration must consist of at least 16 hours with 8 hours taken at the upper
division levels.

Majors & Minors

Russian Studies, B.A.

Provides students with a knowledge and understanding of historical and contemporary Russia, as well as with the ability to use the Russian language.


Russian Studies, B.A.

Designed to compliment any liberal arts degree.


Russian Studies Minor

Requires a combination of Russian-language and non-language courses.

Meet the Director

Meet the Director of the Russian Studies program and Associate Professor of Media Studies Ben Peters.