The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers a range of courses focusing on the language, history and culture of a fascinating country—Russia. Russian, which is spoken in Russia and throughout the former Soviet Union, in the now independent states in Central Asia and Eastern Europe, ranks fourth among the world's most widely used languages. Russia has a population of some 143 million and is the largest country in the world, geographically speaking.
In the Russian program you will learn first-hand about Russian civilization: its famed writers, such as Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, its innovative cinema, theatre and ballet, and many other aspects of Russian culture and the arts.
Canada and Russia share a northern identity and there are many joint initiatives, including Arctic and space exploration. If you wish to pursue a career in these fields, knowledge of the Russian language and culture is a great asset. Since the fall of communism, the Russian economy and Russian life in general have gained new vigour, presenting numerous opportunities for cultural, scientific and business projects.
If you wish to discover the world and learn Russian at the same time, the major is for you. It includes a mandatory immersion stay abroad in a Russian-speaking university. A mobility scholarship to help you cover the cost of your travel and stay is available.
Courses in this program are taught in Russian, English or French.
The table below includes only the discipline-specific courses. Please refer to the Academic Regulations for information on the Honours bachelor's with double major and the Honours bachelor's with major and minor.
|Compulsory Courses (24 units):|
|RUS 1901||Elementary Russian I||3 Units|
|RUS 1902||Elementary Russian II||3 Units|
|RUS 2901||Intermediate Russian I||3 Units|
|RUS 2902||Intermediate Russian II||3 Units|
|RUS 3901||Advanced Russian I||3 Units|
|RUS 3902||Advanced Russian II||3 Units|
|RUS 2101||Introduction to Russian Culture||3 Units|
|RUS 2103||Contemporary Russian Culture||3 Units|
|Optional Courses (18 units):|
|18 course units in Russian (RUS) 1, 2||18 Units|
At least 6 course units must be at the 3000 level.
At least 6 course units must be at the 4000 level.
Mandatory Requirement: Immersion Stay Abroad
- must have completed RUS 3901 and RUS 2101;
- must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 5.0;
- must not be on probation;