Russian Language Study

Russian continues to be the 4th most important language in the world. Russian is a crucial language for students of science and math, as well as those interested in national security, foreign service, film and cultural studies, and the arts. We have one of the richest course offerings in Russian language and culture in the United States, and we run the oldest student-faculty exchange program with a Russian university in the U.S.

How long does it take to learn the Cyrillic alphabet? Students easily learn the Cyrillic alphabet in the first 2 class periods. It takes about one hour of memorization.

Satisfying the Foreign Language Requirement through Russian

The Duke Slavic and Eurasian Studies Department offers students 4 ways to complete the language proficiency requirement in Russian at the beginning level:

If you have not studied Russian before:

  • Three semesters: RUSSIAN 101, RUSSIAN 102, RUSSIAN 203 (1 credit each), OR
  • Two semesters: RUSSIAN 111 (intensive, 2 credits), RUSSIAN 203 (1 credit)

If you have some prior study of Russian:

  • One summer & one semester: RUSSIAN 101, RUSSIAN 102 (Duke in Russia program), RUSSIAN 203 (at Duke), OR
  • One semester & one summer: RUSSIAN 101 or RUSSIAN 111 (at Duke), RUSSIAN 102, RUSSIAN 203 (Duke in Russia program)

We require an oral and written proficiency test in Russian language. For first time matriculating students, the placement test must be taken before the beginning of the fall semester in order to determine appropriate registration.

Our Courses

 
These are courses taught in Russian that meet the Foreign Language requirement for graduation with a bachelor degree at Duke.

Course Number Title Curriculum Codes Crosslisting Numbers
RUSSIAN101 Elementary Russian I FL
RUSSIAN102 Elementary Russian II FL
RUSSIAN111 Intensive Russian FL
RUSSIAN112 Accelerated Russian Language and Culture I FL
RUSSIAN203 Intermediate Russian I FL
RUSSIAN204 Intermediate Russian II FL
RUSSIAN207AS Intermediate Russian Language and Culture CZ, FL
RUSSIAN208AS Intermediate Russian Language and Culture CZ, FL
RUSSIAN212 Intensive Intermediate Russian FL
RUSSIAN213 Accelerated Russian Language and Culture II FL
RUSSIAN221A Russian Language Studies in St. Petersburg CCI, FL
RUSSIAN224S Russian Phonetics CCI, FL
RUSSIAN301S Contemporary Russian Composition and Readings CCI, FL
RUSSIAN302S Contemporary Russian Composition and Readings CCI, FL
RUSSIAN307AS Studies in the Russian Language and Culture CZ, CCI, FL, ALP
RUSSIAN308AS Studies in the Russian Language and Culture CZ, CCI, FL ICS
RUSSIAN328S Bunin: Mystery of the Russian Soul and Metaphysical Memory CCI, FL, ALP
RUSSIAN363 Theory and Practice of Translation CCI, FL
RUSSIAN375 Russian Language and Culture through Theatre SS, CCI, FL, ALP
RUSSIAN376 Russian Language and Culture through Music SS, CCI, FL, ALP
RUSSIAN377 Contemporary Russian Culture: Detective Novels and Film CZ, CCI, FL, ALP VMS321
RUSSIAN401 Advanced Russian CCI, FL ICS
RUSSIAN433S Soviet Life through the Camera's Lens CZ, CCI, FL, ALP SES433S, VMS435S
RUSSIAN507 Stylistic and Compositional Elements of Scholarly Russian CCI, FL
RUSSIAN528S Bunin: Mystery of the Russian Soul and Metaphysical Memory CCI, FL, R, ALP
RUSSIAN529S Zamyatin CCI, FL, R, ALP
RUSSIAN530S Apocalyptic Visions and Diabolic Drama: The Works of Mixail Bulgakov CCI, FL, ALP
RUSSIAN533S Culture and Explosions: How Russian Culture Changed the World STS, CZ, CCI, FL, ALP
RUSSIAN552 Russian Stylistics and Conversation W, CCI, FL, ALP
RUSSIAN563 Theory and Practice of Translation CCI, FL
RUSSIAN577 Contemporary Russian Culture: Detective Novels and Film CZ, CCI, FL, ALP