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Learning Russian is a gateway to a dynamic world that involves global energy corporations, national defense and security, and an ancient and fascinating culture.


What is Russian Studies at WVU like?


Russian is a vibrant modern language with a rich and fascinating history. Today, more than 280 million people speak Russian in many different countries. Russia's vast mineral wealth and resources guarantee its place in the world economy. Its enormous geographical size spans the Eurasian landmass. Russia’s continued dominance on the world political stage necessitates our careful study of its history, culture, language and politics.

Learning Russian is a gateway to one of the world's largest nations. It is clear that knowing the language of a country always aids in securing better connections and relationships, whether in a private company or a government agency. Learning Russian can also facilitate work in many of the nations of the former Soviet Union because Russian is still often the language of business and public life. Although Russia's military dominance is not what it was at the height of the Cold War, it continues to have a presence in the global arena.

Russian Studies program highlights:

At a Glance

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What makes Russian Studies at WVU unique?

Research and Academic Opportunities

  • Many students in this major are involved in a study abroad experience and can find student employment as a language tutor.
  • Associated with the Russian program is the very active and successful Russian and East European Club, which offers students a variety of extra-curricular experiences, including cooking nights, film showings, guest speakers and trips to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. We are actively engaged in a variety of activities on campus as well as raising significant funds for an orphanage in Russia.

Living-Learning Communities (LLCs)

Live, study and pursue outside-the-classroom learning in a residence hall community that shares your interests:

Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU. Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

Student Organizations

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How does this degree prepare students for a career?

Knowledge of Russian is a natural companion to a business degree. Similarly, Russian continues to be a language of strategic national importance, one emphasized by the U.S. government.

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Russian Studies major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.


What are the courses like in Russian Studies at WVU?

Plan of Study

Check out a program overview, learning goals, course descriptions and suggested plan of study for WVU's Russian Studies major.

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Popular Courses

FCLT 250:
Russian Fairy Tales

Introduces a wide selection of Russian fairy tales and examines the aesthetic, social, and psychological values that they reflect, a general introduction to the study of folklore with a broad spectrum of approaches (psychoanalysis, structuralism, feminism).

FCLT 280:
Science Fiction: East and West

Comparison of science fiction texts, and TV from Eastern and Central Europe and the US and UK, analyzing works that posit "Fantastic" spatial, temporal, social, and biological explorations beyond those currently verified by science.

RUSS 451:
Russian Culture

A study of Russian civilization, customs, and ethos.

Capstone Projects

Before graduating, all undergraduates in this major complete an academic project (or "capstone") to demonstrate their research, communication and critical thinking skills. Projects in WVU's Russian Studies major have included:

Cost and Aid

How much does Russian Studies at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $428
Per Semester $5,136
Fall and Spring Semesters $10,272
Per Credit $1,165
Per Semester $13,980
Fall and Spring Semesters $27,960
Per Credit $1,165
Per Semester $14,280
Fall and Spring Semesters $28,560
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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU.

Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

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What are the requirements to apply for Russian Studies at WVU?

To be admitted to WVU's Russian Studies major, you must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2022-23 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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