Program Requirements

Declare your Major in Slavic

The department gives its own placement test to all incoming students who have studied Russian. On the basis of this test, the students are placed in an appropriate course. Successful completion of RUS107 or immediate assignment to a higher course satisfies the A.B. foreign language requirement.

Departmental Requirements

A minimum of eight departmental courses is required. Four upper-level (200 and above) courses must be within the department, two of which must be from the core survey courses (SLA 219, 220, 221); the other four courses may be from cognate areas depending on the student's particular interests. For example, if the major field of concentration is 19th-century prose, the program might include courses from French or German literature. Students with a strong interest in Russian and Soviet studies might take area courses in the Program in Russian and Eurasian Studies such as Russian history, politics, anthropology, or sociology.

These are only suggestions. The program is flexible and strives to satisfy as wide a range of interests as possible.

As of 2020-2021, Juniors are no longer required to write two papers as part of the departmental requirement.  Juniors will be required to take a departmental Junior seminar in the fall, which will be graded, and will write a JP in English in the spring.


  • RUS 101
  • RUS 102
  • RUS 105
  • RUS 107 (RUS 105R, 107R) – or placement equivalent

Required Courses

  • RUS 207
  • One additional upper-level language course: RUS 208, 405, 406, 407, 408 or one of the upper-level literature courses taught in Russian SLA 308, 312, 413
  • Two of three survey courses: SLA 219, 220, 221


Courses must be taken for letter-grade credit to qualify for credit in the concentration. The only exceptions would be for those courses which offer only a PDF option (usually cross listed courses with Theater). These exceptions require approval from the departmental representative.

Departmental Concentrators

Departmental concentrators who are considering pursuing graduate studies in Slavic are reminded that most graduate schools require a reading knowledge of a second modern foreign language (usually French or German) and a second Slavic language (we offer Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Czech, and Polish). Students who are interested in taking these other Slavic languages should let the Departmental Representative know as soon as possible, as they are often offered only when students request them.

CALENDAR FOR MAJORS, 2019-2020- Please see below new deadlines for JP and Senior Thesis

First two weeks of Fall semester: majors meet with Director of Undergraduate Studies

First four weeks of Fall semester: majors meet with JP or thesis adviser

January 7:   JP in English due

January 16:  Partial draft of Senior Thesis due

April 15: Seniors submit to the Departmental Representative list of literary works for Departmental Examination

April 22: Draft of JP in Russian due

May 4: Certificate Papers due

May 11: Senior Thesis due

May 13, 14, 15: Senior Departmental Exam

May 19: Revised JP in Russian due