Cornell offers a major and minor in Russian, as well as an interdisciplinary major in Russian studies. Learn more about requirements for these programs on our major/minor requirements page, or by viewing course descriptions.

  • Russian major: Emphasizes language and literature and provides the most courses in Russian of the three degree options
  • Russian minor: Abbreviated form of the Russian major that includes at least one literature course in Russian
  • Russian studies major: Interdepartmental major that includes courses in history, politics and philosophy, as well as Russian language and literature

Off-campus Study

We encourage our students to study abroad for a semester during their junior or senior year.  Russia Today is also frequently taught in Russia, offering students an opportunity to study abroad for a block without impacting other coursework. We also encourage our students to pursue internships abroad through Cornell Fellowships or other programs.

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