BA Russian


Stand out. Choose Russian. Thrill to some of the world's greatest art in the original language. Study abroad with prestigious scholarships. Travel Eurasia with the lingua franca. Stand in Red Square. Learn a strategic language. Serve in government, NGOs and international organizations and take your place on the world stage.

Program Description

The BA program in Russian offers students a unique opportunity to study the language, literature and culture of Russia. Students in the program gain intermediate to advanced reading, writing, and oral and aural Russian language skills.

The Russian language program also partners with the Melikian Center to offer a transdisciplinary baccalaureate certificate in Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies for students in agribusiness, anthropology, architecture, economics, geography, history, political science, religious studies, Russian, sociology and women's studies.

Students of Russian are encouraged to take advantage of an ASU exchange program in Russian language and translation by spending a semester or year in Moscow, St. Petersburg or Kazan. For more information, students should visit https://mystudyabroad.asu.edu/.


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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: Yes
  • Second Language Requirement: Yes
  • First Required Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics
  • Math Intensity: General program math intensity general




Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

Freshman Transfer International Readmission

Transfer Options

ASU is committed to helping students thrive by offering tools that allow personalization of the transfer path to ASU. Students may use the Transfer Map search to outline a list of recommended courses to take prior to transfer.

ASU has transfer partnerships in Arizona and across the country to create a simplified transfer experience for students. These pathway programs include exclusive benefits, tools and resources, and help students save time and money in their college journey. Students may learn more about these programs by visiting the admission site: https://admission.asu.edu/transfer/pathway-programs.



Change of Major Requirements

A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.

Students should refer to https://changingmajors.asu.edu for information about how to change a major to this program.



Flexible Degree Options

Accelerated program options

This program allows students to obtain both a bachelor's and master's degree in as little as five years.
It is offered as an accelerated bachelor's and master's degree with:


Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students will be advised by their academic departments to apply.



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Career Outlook

With Russia as an active player in world affairs on the international stage, knowledge of Russian language and culture is a valuable asset for graduates interested in government, diplomacy and international affairs and commerce.

Knowledge of multiple languages and intercultural competencies enhance any occupation and offers graduates many career opportunities. Career fields using languages include:

  • administration of nongovernmental organizations
  • advertising and marketing
  • diplomatic and foreign service
  • domestic and international business
  • foreign correspondence and journalism
  • international education and study abroad administration
  • international law
  • interpreting and translation
  • teaching and research
  • travel and tourism

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Cultural Studies Professor


  • Growth: 4.9%
  • Median Salary*: $78,840
  Bright Outlook

High School Teacher


  • Growth: 3.8%
  • Median Salary*: $62,870

Translator


  • Growth: 20.0%
  • Median Salary*: $52,330
  Bright Outlook

World Language Professor


  • Growth: 5.7%
  • Median Salary*: $69,920
  Bright Outlook

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).



Global Opportunities

Global Experience

With over 250 programs in more than 65 countries (ranging from one week to one year), study abroad is possible for all ASU students wishing to gain global skills and knowledge in preparation for a 21st-century career. Students earn ASU credit for completed courses, while staying on track for graduation, and may apply financial aid and scholarships toward program costs. https://mystudyabroad.asu.edu





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