Russian Language, Literature, and Culture

​The College of Arts and Sciences

You will not only become adept in reading, writing, and speaking the Russian language, you’ll also become familiar with the entirety of Russian culture—literature, art, folklore, film, media, business, and more.

Explore the history, philosophy, and political science of this enigmatic country—the largest in the world—which is known for its contributions to literature, ballet, opera, theater, and classical music.

Major in Russian language, literature, and culture


Sample Courses

  • Political Russian
  • Contemporary Russian Media
  • Introduction to Russian Literature: 19th Century Classics
  • Russian Fairy Tales and Folklore
  • Russian Culture through Fiction and Film
  • Russia Today

View all major requirements.

Practical Experience

Seize opportunities to do community volunteering and professional internships-–on campus, off campus, or internationally. Academic counselors and faculty advisors will guide you in aligning your interests and academic path with opportunities for growth.

Turn to the College of Arts and Sciences’ Center for Innovative Learning (iLEARN) for support with educational programs and your undergraduate research activities. The center can help complement your traditional classroom and laboratory work with enhanced out-of-classroom learning experiences.

There are more than 300 recognized student organizations you can join at Syracuse University, including the Russian and Slavic Cultural Society. There are also themes like international relations, art, entertainment, advocacy, government, media, religion, service, and more.

Study Abroad

SU Abroad features more than 100 programs in 60 countries. You can choose semester, summer, short term, and yearlong options for international study.

As a Russian language, literature, and culture major, you are strongly encouraged to spend a semester abroad. SU Abroad’s World Partners has programs in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Irkutsk, Vladivostok, Kiev, and Bishkek. You can take accredited classes and possibly do a homestay with a Russian family.

Life After Syracuse University

As a College of Arts and Sciences graduate with a major in Russian language, literature, and culture, you can explore such careers as:

  • Non-governmental organizational work
  • Publishing
  • Advertising
  • Law
  • Media, marketing, or engineering
  • Translator

You can also pursue graduate training in such areas as education, business, linguistics, music, journalism, and more. Recent graduates of the program have attended some of the top graduate schools in the U.S.