This program is currently under revision. At this time, we are not accepting applications.

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.

Requirements for this program have been modified. Please consult the 2018-2019 calendars for the previous requirements.

Compulsory courses
RUS 1901Elementary Russian I3 Units
RUS 1902Elementary Russian II3 Units
RUS 2901Intermediate Russian I3 Units
RUS 2902Intermediate Russian II3 Units
RUS 3901Advanced Russian I3 Units
RUS 3902Advanced Russian II3 Units
RUS 2101Introduction to Russian Culture3 Units
RUS 2103Contemporary Russian Culture3 Units
Optional courses
6 course units from the list of optional courses 6 Units
6 course units at the 3000 or 4000 level from the list of optional courses 6 Units
6 course units at the 4000 level from the list of optional courses 6 Units
Total: 42 Units

List of Optional courses

RUS 2102The Age of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy3 Units
RUS 2104Russian Cinema3 Units
RUS 2116History of Russia Until 19173 Units
RUS 2117History of the USSR3 Units
RUS 3101Special Topic in Russian Culture3 Units
RUS 4900Workshop in Translation3 Units
RUS 4902Practicum3 Units
RUS 4903Directed Studies I3 Units
RUS 4904Directed Studies II3 Units
RUS 4905Advanced Russian III3 Units
RUS 4906Advanced Russian IV3 Units
PLN 1901Elementary Polish I3 Units
PLN 1902Elementary Polish II3 Units
PLN 2101Polish Culture Through the Ages3 Units
PLN 2102Polish Post-War Cinema3 Units
PLN 2901Intermediate Polish3 Units
PLN 2902Polish Grammar and Translation3 Units
PLN 3101Special Topic in Polish Culture3 Units
YDD 1901Introduction to the Yiddish Language and Culture I3 Units
YDD 1902Introduction to the Yiddish Language and Culture II3 Units
YDD 2104Yiddish Literature and Film3 Units

 Mandatory Requirement: Immersion Stay Abroad

A minimum of 12 units will be taken abroad in a university where Russian is the language of teaching and study. The University of Ottawa will establish RUS course equivalencies. The foreign university and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures will establish jointly a bank of courses from which students will choose the units to take.

Eligibility requirements:

  • 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;
Students will receive a total of $2000 in funding (i.e. a $1000 mobility scholarship from the International Office and $1000 from the Faculty of Arts).