Welcome to the Russian Program of the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Texas at Arlington! Part of the Critical Languages and International Studies section, our mission is to promote global competence through the study of the language, literature, culture, history, and the political and business climate of Russia and the former Soviet space.

Russian is the first language of approximately 150 million people and has long served as a lingua franca for millions in the countries of the former Soviet Union and former Eastern Bloc. Learning Russian opens the door of opportunity for facilitating the learning of other Slavic languages, those spoken by over 300 million people from Eastern and Central Europe to Northern Asia. Russia continues to play a central role in global politics, meaning that there are a wide variety of career opportunities for people with Russian language skills. Likewise, a large number of U.S. companies have well-established business relationships with Russia, and western European firms are even more actively investing in the region.

Our innovative curriculum is designed to maximize the success of both language learners and heritage speakers of Russian who grew up with Russian at home. Through experiential learning in language classes, as well as in more advanced courses in literature, culture, linguistics, history, politics, localization and translation, we train our students to be multilingual and intercultural. In addition to linguistic and cultural competence, students gain valuable skills in critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving.

Russian graduates are prepared for job opportunities in a wide range of fields:

  • The language services industry (localization and translation)
  • Education
  • Research
  • Writing, publishing, and the media
  • Health, legal, and social services
  • Business
  • Government
  • International relations
  • The cultural heritage sector: museums, libraries, and archives

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In addition to language classes, which focus on the development of linguistic skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing, the Russian program offers advanced courses on a diverse range of topics and specialties in literature, culture, linguistics, localization and translation, history, politics, and business. Some courses are available online.

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  • BA in Critical Languages and International Studies-Russian

    All majors in Critical Languages and International Studies-Russian are required to take:

    • GLOBAL 2301 Introduction to Global Issues
    • RUSS 1441 Beginning Russian I
    • RUSS 1442 Beginning Russian II
    • RUSS 2313 Intermediate Russian I
    • RUSS 2314 Intermediate Russian II
    • 15 additional hours in Russian at the 3000/4000 level
    • 12 additional hours in International Studies at the 3000/4000 level, chosen from the following themes:
      • International Issues (Business, Ethics, and Sustainability)
      • Humanities (Culture, History, and Literature)
      • Socio-Cultural Perspectives (Social, Political, and Cultural Studies)
  • BBA in International Business-Russian

    In cooperation with MODL, the College of Business Administration offers a Bachelor of Business Administration with a dual concentration in International Business and Russian.

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  • Minor in Russian

    People with foreign language abilities have a distinct advantage in the career marketplace, and they can use those skills to assist them in varying fields, such as business, government, healthcare, as well as legal and social services. Minoring in Russian is a great way for you to gain a distinguishing, marketable skill while opening your eyes to another culture.

    Requirements for a Minor in Russian

    • RUSS 1442*
    • RUSS 2313
    • RUSS 2314
    • 9 hours of 3000- or 4000-level Russian coursework

    * Note: Although RUSS 1441 is not required for the minor, RUSS 1441 with a grade of C or better is the prerequisite for RUSS 1442. Likewise, a C or better is required for each course in the series in order to enroll in the next.

  • Minor in Localization and Translation-Russian
  • Minor in Modern Language Teaching-Russian

Student Group

Russian Student Group Russian Culture Soceity

The Russian Culture Society (RCS) is a community for students who are interested in promoting the Russian language and culture on campus. All UTA students, not only those enrolled in our courses, are invited to visit the RCS. We meet weekly to host events in celebration of Russian culture. Film screenings, Russian TV, games, popular culture, concerts, authentic Russian cuisine, and campus events are just some of the activities we take part in.

  • End-of-Semester Banquet
  • Fall Food Fair
  • Russian Cooking Class
  • Food Sale
  • ISO Fashion Show
  • Game Night

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Study Abroad in Russia

Our alumni and current students have travelled to Russia to study Russian language and culture at the Voronezh State University and at Omsk State University. These abroad programs can last anywhere from a few weeks to a year, depending on each student’s preferences and academic plans.

Our study abroad opportunities and scholarships are supported by the Charles T. McDowell Center for Critical Languages and Area Studies.

For more information about these study abroad opportunities in Russia contact Dr. Lonny Harrison.

For other Study Abroad Programs, check with the UTA Office of International Education.