Russian, BA


At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: No
  • Math Intensity: General program math intensity general
  • Initial Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics

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Take your place on the world stage by studying Russian. Prepare for a career as a globally informed citizen, having completed an immersive, international experience that shapes your understanding of Russia's past, present and future, and its intersections with other nations and industries across the world.

Program Description

The BA program in Russian explores Russia's language, literature, history and more. As part of a small community of program participants with the resources of a large university, students gain intermediate to advanced reading, writing and speaking skills in Russian. They also study Russian civilization, pop culture, protest and propaganda, and classical Russian works.

Students are encouraged to participate in a Russian language and translation ASU exchange program for a semester or year in Moscow, St. Petersburg or Kazan. They have the option to complete two years of Russian in one year, or four years in two years, at ASU's Critical Language Institute, which provides tuition-free intensive summer immersion and study abroad scholarships.

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




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:

Global Management

Gain hands-on experience and learn from the diverse perspectives of a global cohort of classmates. This program offers applied learning opportunities, 17 concentration options, and internships in real-world global settings.

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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

Students in the Russian program develop intermediate to advanced language and cultural proficiency. Faculty members mentor students throughout the program to win prestigious paid internships in places like Washington, D.C., and scholarships from government entities such as the Defense, Education, Justice and State Departments.

These experiences open doors to a variety of fulfilling career opportunities. Graduates will be prepared to study advanced degrees and pursue careers in:

  • business
  • diplomacy
  • education
  • global security
  • international law
  • journalism
  • military
  • public policy
  • translation
  • travel

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:

Community Health Workers


  • Growth: 14.1%
  • Median Salary*: 46190
  Bright Outlook

Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary


  • Growth: 3.9%
  • Median Salary*: 80910

Economists


  • Growth: 6.3%
  • Median Salary*: 113940
  Bright Outlook

Political Scientists


  • Growth: 6.6%
  • Median Salary*: 128020
  Bright Outlook

Sociologists


  • Growth: 4.5%
  • Median Salary*: 98590
  Bright Outlook

Interpreters and Translators


  • Growth: 4.3%
  • Median Salary*: 53640

* 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

Studying abroad is vital when learning Russian language and culture. To be immersed among native language speakers adds value to the degree, and the experience prepares students to take off in an exciting, multicultural career with valuable skills employers seek. Students can choose from programs in many Russian-speaking countries. Programs vary in length, from summer programs to full-year programs.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recommends specific study abroad programs for students majoring in Russian.



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