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 & 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.

Number Title Codes
RUSSIAN 101 Elementary Russian I FL
RUSSIAN 102 Elementary Russian II FL
RUSSIAN 111 Intensive Russian FL
RUSSIAN 112 Accelerated Russian Language and Culture I FL
RUSSIAN 203 Intermediate Russian I FL
RUSSIAN 204 Intermediate Russian II FL
RUSSIAN 207AS Intermediate Russian Language and Culture FL, CZ
RUSSIAN 208AS Intermediate Russian Language and Culture FL, CZ
RUSSIAN 221A Russian Language Studies in St. Petersburg CCI, FL
RUSSIAN 301S Contemporary Russian Composition and Readings CCI, FL
RUSSIAN 302S Contemporary Russian Composition and Readings CCI, FL
RUSSIAN 307AS Studies in the Russian Language and Culture CCI, FL, ALP, CZ
RUSSIAN 308AS Studies in the Russian Language and Culture CCI, FL, CZ
RUSSIAN 328S Bunin: Mystery of the Russian Soul and Metaphysical Memory CCI, FL, ALP
RUSSIAN 363 Theory and Practice of Translation CCI, FL
RUSSIAN 401 Advanced Russian CCI, FL
RUSSIAN 433S Soviet Life through the Camera's Lens CCI, FL, ALP, CZ
RUSSIAN 507 Stylistic and Compositional Elements of Scholarly Russian CCI, FL
RUSSIAN 528S Bunin: Mystery of the Russian Soul and Metaphysical Memory CCI, FL, R, ALP
RUSSIAN 529S Zamyatin CCI, FL, R, ALP
RUSSIAN 530S Apocalyptic Visions and Diabolic Drama: The Works of Mixail Bulgakov CCI, FL, ALP
RUSSIAN 533S Culture and Explosions: How Russian Culture Changed the World CCI, FL, STS, ALP, CZ
RUSSIAN 552 Russian Culture through Literature CCI, FL, W, ALP
RUSSIAN 563 Theory and Practice of Translation CCI, FL
RUSSIAN 577 Contemporary Russian Culture: Detective Novels and Film CCI, FL, ALP, CZ