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Russian: Language Intensive Emphasis

Bachelor of Arts

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The program develops competence in Russian, awareness of Russia's cultural traditions, and understanding of its arts and literature. Students may study Russian language abroad in Moscow and St. Petersburg, and Russian business in Moscow. Business internships with Russian and foreign firms are available in Moscow. A teaching major is also offered, leading to certification to teach in Arizona public schools.

Major Details

College: College of Humanities
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    This strand involves the general understanding and appreciation of how mathematics is used to solve problems in everyday life. The G-strand does not prepare a student for any further work grounded in mathematics and assumes the student will not proceed beyond the basic Foundations level noted above. Thus only those students whose major requires the most general knowledge of mathematics should take this strand.
Second Language Required:

4 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion of a two-course sequence beyond the second semester of post-secondary language instruction.
  • Completion with a C or higher of a 300- or 400-level language course at the post-secondary level.
  • Completion of one course beyond the third semester in combination with an AP (Advanced Placement) score, IB (International Baccalaureate) score or a CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) score determined by the individual language department.
  • An AP, IB, or CLEP language score determined by individual language departments.
  • A minimum of one semester study abroad in a language program approved by the appropriate language department as the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level.
4 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
ENGL (English) 101-First Year Composition 3
RSSS 101A - Elementary Russian I 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Freshmen Colloquium 1
2nd Semester
ENGL (English) 102-First Year Composition 3
RSSS 101B - Elementary Russian II 4
Math 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
RSSS 201A - Intermediate Russian I 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Elective 3
4th Semester
RSSS 201B - Intermediate Russian II 4
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
RSSS 210 3
Elective 3
5th Semester
RSSS 301A Advanced Grammar and Composition 3
Elective 3
Minor Course 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
6th Semester
RSSS 301B Advanced Grammar and Composition 3
RSSS 415 Advanced Topics in Russian, Literature and Linguistics 3
RSSS 308 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
7th Semester
RSSS 415 Advanced Topics in Russian Language, Literature and Linguistics 3
RSSS 405A 3
Elective 2
Minor 3
Minor 3
8th Semester
RSSS 415 Advanced Topics in Russian Language, Literature and Linguistics 3
RSSS 405B 3
RSSS 340 3
Minor 3
Elective 1

AZ Transfer Pathways

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  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
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  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge gained from the Russian major of Russian language, media, and business as well as Russian and Soviet history, culture, literature, and cinema forms a strong foundation for careers and further study. Graduates can apply their cultural and linguistic skills to a variety of fields including business, education, journalism, cultural preservation, and communications. This major is also excellent preparation for graduate studies in Russian, history, linguistics, or comparative literature.Russian, like many majors, teaches content and skills that can be applied to a wide variety of career fields. This major does not restrict you to a specific field. Following are career possibilities that may most closely relate to this major. Some of the career areas and job titles below may require an advanced degree or certificate.

Potential Career Areas

  • Business
  • Education
  • Communications
  • Government
  • Journalism
  • Cultural/historical preservation
  • Intelligence

Sample Employers

  • Government agencies
  • Businesses
  • Schools
  • Media agencies
  • U.S. Military
  • Consulates
  • Libraries and archives

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Foreign Student Adviser $35,000 - $60,000
Corporate Community Relations Specialist $30,140 - $89,430
Purchasing Agent $35,000 - $56,600
Import/Export Specialist $19,000 - $50,000
Foreign Correspondent $28,162 - $43,292
Interpreter $34,000 - $45,500
Translator $37,500 - $47,500
Foreign Language Teacher $40,500 - $54,000
Intelligence Officer $33,979 - $60,274
Cryptographic Technician $39,930 - $50,000
Director of International Activities, Nonprofit $50,000 - $100,000
International Educator $35,000 - $60,000