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Why Study Russian?

You will get an insider’s view of another culture and expand your personal horizons

A minor in Russian can be a major advantage in your career

Russian classes are fun. Ask any current student at Russian

Russian gives you a competitive edge when you apply for a job or to graduate school. You will most definitely stand apart from other applicants!!

Your time invested in learning Russian may be the wisest decision you make. 



Students from UTSA visit Russia as part of their Study Abroad curriculum.


Is Russian difficult?

No. In fact, many students claim it is easier than some of the more commonly taught languages. And the alphabet takes only a few hours to learn.

How does Russian fit in with my other coursework?

Perfectly. In addition to courses in your major, you will need both lower division and upper division electives. By taking Russian, you can concentrate your electives into a Minor in Russian.

How much Russian should I take?

As much as possible. Start with RUS 1014 in the fall and continue with RUS 1024 in the spring. After that, you can take up to two Russian classes per semester, depending on the offerings.

What are the requirements for a Minor in Russian?

In addition to the elementary courses RUS 1014 and 1024, you need to take the intermediate classes RUS 2013 and 2023, plus 12 additional hours of Russian (9 upper division hours). Some of these classes can be taken concurrently with the intermediate classes.

What if I already know Russian?

Excellent. You will be placed at the appropriate level. Contact Dr. Nummikoski for advising.

Russian Courses Offered at UTSA

Lower Division Courses

RUS 1014, 1024: Elementary Russian I & II: RUS 2013, 2023: Intermediate Russian I & II.  These courses give the students the basics of the Russian language byu involving them in meaningful communication right from the beginning. The course also serve as a first look at Russia and its culture.

Upper Division Courses

RUS 2333: Russian Literature in English Translation. Major works of Russian literature across time, genres, and movements.

RUS 3033: Oral Communication Skills. Further development of speaking skills in a variety of contexts. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

RUS 3143: Structure of Russian Language. This course review and expands the structure of the Russian language as introduced in lower division courses. Further development of speaking and writing skills. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

RUS 3213: Advanced Russian. Opportunity to develop advanced-level oral and written communication skills in the Russian language, along with enhanced comprehension skills in listening and reading.

RUS 3633: Topics in Russian Culture. Further development of proficiency by content-based instruction. Topics may include geography, traditions, history, music, literature, art, or film. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

How about a Study Abroad program?

We have one. The UTSA in Russian program is offered every other summer in Moscow. Your coursework there will apply toward the Minor in Russian. For more information, contact Dr. Nummikoski or check our website http://colfa.utsa.edu/modern-languages/russia


Are there other activities?

Yes, the UTSA Russian Club promotes Russian language and culture through a variety of activities.

Russian Faculty


Dr. Marita Nummikoski                   Ms. Anastasia Maltseva

Associate Professor                           Lecturer

& Department Chair

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