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BA Russian

A bachelor’s degree in Russian from Portland State University prepares you to become proficient in the Russian language and provides you with a solid foundation in the rich culture and literature of the Russian-speaking world, preparing you for a variety of careers all over the world.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 4 years
Starting in: January, April, September
Tuition Fee: $29,706 per year
Location: Portland Campus (Portland, United States)

Russian is in high-demand by employers as one of the six official languages of the United Nations and listed among the critical languages by the U.S. Department of State.

Whether you want to read Dostoevsky’s novels in the original Russian text, study the visual design of Soviet-era propaganda, teach in a bilingual immersion program, or pursue careers in government, international diplomacy and international scientific collaboration, Russian from Portland State University can give you the skills you need to succeed.


PSU’s Russian program prepares you to graduate with a proficiency in the Russian language. Russian majors work in a variety of fields, including national security and diplomacy, Russian teaching and tutoring, technical writing and translation, international trade and business, international development, social work and publishing.

Recent graduates have found rewarding careers with NASA, the U.S. Departments State and Defense, Rubicon Atlas, Bolshoi Ballet, Eurasia Foundation, and in academia. Others have used the major as preparation for graduate studies in law, international studies and Russian studies.


Courses Included

  • Russian Fairy Tales and Folklore
  • Russian Culture and Civilization
  • Russian Film Topics
  • Topics: Poets and Politics
  • Globalization
  • Russian in the Major