Major in Russian Studies
The Russian program at the University of Tennessee fosters linguistic, historical, and cultural knowledge about Russia and its subordinate ethnic groups. In addition to offering courses on language, literature and culture, the program facilitates study abroad through any of several nationally recognized study abroad programs.
A Russian major is valuable for students interested in careers in business, international law, education, translation, broadcasting, social work, and other areas. For those not looking to go into educational or translating services, Russian makes an excellent second major, and not a difficult one to complete if planned carefully with an advisor.
The honors concentration consists of at least 33 hours of Russian courses numbered above RUSS 202*. Students must have at least 12 hours of honors courses, 6 of which must be in honors-by-contract courses in Russian courses numbered above 300. Application may be made after completion of RUSS 311 and RUSS 312 or the equivalent. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA in Russian classes of not less than 3.5 and an overall GPA of not less than 3.25 to receive honors on the transcript. A final honors project (RUSS 493), directed by a Russian Studies faculty member and approved by the Russian Studies faculty, must be completed with a grade of B+ or higher during the last 30 hours of coursework. This project will encompass both a written essay or portfolio and an oral presentation to the Russian Studies faculty.
(World Languages and Cultures Major, BA – Russian Studies Concentration)