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Russian: Languages, Literatures and Cultures, B.A.

College of Arts and Sciences

Study Russian, the seventh most spoken language in the world and one of the official languages of the United Nations. Multilingual students with awareness of many cultures gain an edge to compete in today's world.

Whether you're pursuing global career opportunities or building on your passion for language and culture, studying Russian gives you valuable practical and analytical skills. A foundation in the Russian language and culture benefits those pursuing primary studies or future graduate work in economics, environmental studies, political science, law, international security studies and sociology.

Program Highlights

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    Notable Program

    Join the ranks of program alumni who have gone on to graduate programs at Harvard, Georgetown and other elite schools.

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    Study Abroad

    Enjoy opportunities to learn around the world through a variety of study-abroad partners.

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    Awards Available

    Obtain funds from the Air Force, Boren fellowships and critical language scholarships, plus awards for STEM fields and study abroad.

What You’ll Study

Russian is recognized by the U.S. government as a strategic language. USC’s Russian undergraduate degree is the only one in the state. Learn many transferable skills, such as global awareness, cross-cultural literacy and the ability to work with diverse groups. Gain proficiency in Russian, and take courses in the language, literatures and cultures of Russia.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Foreign Language Skills

    Communicating effectively to understand different cultures and foster global connections

    Historical Understanding

    Studying past events, analyzing their context and comprehending their significance and impact


    Creating professional written content for inclusion in scholarly journal articles, books and reports

  • Critical Thinking

    Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments

    Intercultural Competence

    Developing the skills to communicate effectively and work collaboratively across cultures


    Handling sensitive or delicate situations with tact, sensitivity and professionalism

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Translator
  • Lawyer
  • Teacher
  • Business Executive
  • Diplomat

Workplace Settings

  • Government
  • Technology
  • Education
  • International Law
  • Business

The program is truly one of a kind for studying the Russian language, literature, culture and history. The faculty understand the importance of immersion, not only to grasp the cultural importance that surrounds a language but also to build a community that supports learning a challenging language.

Caitlin Hoffman
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Is USC Right For You?

There are many reasons we could be your ideal university. There's the award-winning academics, the globally modeled student life, and abundance of study abroad and experiential learning options. Take a closer look at what USC could mean for you.

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