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
     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
     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
    Russian Conversation and Grammar  STUDY ABROAD
     Russian Culture
     Culture of the Soviet Union
     Soviet Russia
     Politics and History in Soviet Film
     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 a variety of other degrees.

    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.



  • Highlighted Courses
    This course focuses on the acquisition of basic communicative competence, including speaking (top objective), listening, reading, writing and basic cultural awareness. No previous training or experience in Russian is needed/ expected. The course aims to excite and equip the students to make the students to address real-life tasks and problems with confidence on a basic level – through the use of affective-semantic approach to teaching. This accelerated learning method puts each student’s unique personality, not language, at the center of the learning process. Language skills are acquired in a friendly, supportive environment, in a state of relaxed concentration where students are encouraged to use the acquired language material to elaborate and resolve real-life situations. The course sets a firm foundation for further study of Russian language and culture.