St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow
St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow
Russian Studies is an interdisciplinary sub-field of the Humanities and Slavic Studies that pertains to linguistics, literature, arts, history, politics, and more, with a primary focus on the language, literature, and culture of historical and contemporary Russia, including the Soviet period and the Russian-speaking diaspora.
Degree Types: Bachelor of Arts, Minor

Degree Options

  • International Politics
  • Computer Science
  • Security and Risk Analysis
  • German

About the Program

You might like this program if…

  • You understand the critical role that Russia plays in the world.
  • You are considering an academic or professional career requiring strong training in a foreign language.
  • Your first major is History, Comparative Literature, International Relations, Journalism, Linguistics, or other fields in which a knowledge of Russian is advantageous.
  • You want to discover the rich world of Russian literature, arts, and cinema.
  • Mastering Russian is important in your field, for example, in aerospace engineering, the computer sciences, and other sciences.


  • Russian Culture and Civilization
  • Seminar in Russian Literature
  • Russian Translation
  • Russian Film
  • Russian Literature in English Translation: 1870 to Present

Out-of-Classroom Experiences

  • U.S. Department of State

Post-Graduation Opportunities

  • Graduate school to study cognitive science, computer science, musicology, and Slavic linguistics
Data Analytics, Education, Finance, Military, Risk Analysis

Have questions about this program?

This program is housed 

in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures 
at Penn State University Park.
Future Students
CURRENT Students
Graduate Students
Get Funding