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Russian Major

What is a Major in Russian?

Dive into the nuances of Russian literature while learning about the country's fascinating history. We'll highlight the unique customs of their people, along with the mechanics of their language, so you can communicate with confidence and ease.

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Why Study Russian at Virginia Tech?

Broaden your appreciation for Russian culture as you research its modern influence. You'll develop your language skills in business-oriented contexts, helping you to compete in one of the world's top entrepreneurial nations. You will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture through a study abroad program that will help you hone your language skills. Our graduates pursue a variety of careers that utilize what they have learned in this program. 

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Careers and Further Study

What can you do with a major in Russian?

Jobs Held by Our Graduates

  • Historian
  • Foreign Diplomat
  • Travel Writer
  • FBI Agent
  • University Professor
  • International Investment Banker
  • Public Relations Coordinator
  • Translator/Interpreter 
  • Foreign News Correspondent
  • Lexicographer

Beyond the Classroom

Experiential Learning

Get Involved 

Join the Russian Speaking Student Association to unite with other students in the major and to explore the language and way of life together.  

To hear more about their activities and events, contact the Russian Club's president, Ksenia Gashnikova at


As you complete undergraduate research, you'll have opportunities to submit your work to conferences and publish in peer-reviewed journals, including Philologia

We encourage independent study and your undergraduate research with a faculty advisor, especially if you're planning to pursue graduate school.

Russian Study Abroad in Latvia

Immerse yourself in the language as you explore the streets of Latvia. Enjoy trips to the Dinaburg Fortress and the Rothko Art Center. Tour the Basilica of Algona, the ornate Rundale Palace, and more. 

Credits earned during the program count towards the Russian major or minor.



Project Global Officer, better known as Project GO, promotes critical language education, study abroad, and intercultural dialogue opportunities for Reserve Officer Training Corps students.


Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Languages Degree

Russian Major Requirements

  • Russian Culture and Civilization
  • Twentieth-Century Russian Literature
  • Russian for Oral Proficiency
  • Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature

Minor and Elective Hours

Our program gives you the opportunity to build knowledge in another area by pursuing a minor, double major, or cognate.

120 hrs
B.A. Foreign Languages

45 hrs
General Education

36 hrs
Major Requirements

39 hrs


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