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Russian

Degree Options: Minor Only
Locations: Lincoln Center, Rose Hill
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Study a language and culture that is key to understanding international relations.

When you minor in Russian, you’ll study a historic language and culture that is central to our global society. Russian speakers are in high demand throughout the world, especially in fields like intelligence, international diplomacy, and business.

Our curriculum reflects the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century, which describes the five C's of language acquisition: communication, culture, comparisons, connections, and community. With the Russian minor, you’ll have the opportunity to practice the three modes of communication (interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational), to learn about Russian culture, and to make comparisons between your first language and culture and the Russian language and culture.

Of course, you’ll learn more than Russian here. You’ll also study philosophy, theology, history, mathematics, languages, and the arts through Fordham’s common core curriculum, the centerpiece of our liberal arts education. We want you to excel in your field—and as a human being.

Program Highlights

Students minoring in Russian will take a minimum of six courses, including three required courses (Intermediate Russian I, Intermediate Russian II, and Russian Language and Literature) and three electives. Students who place out of the required courses will replace them with upper-level elective courses. Up to one course in translation may be applied toward the minor if the readings and assignments are done in Russian.

Elective courses may include:

  • Russian From Intermediate to Advanced
  • Russian Conversation and Composition
  • Russian Short Fiction
  • Media and the Russian State: News Outlets From 19th Century to Present Day Russia
  • Translating Russian Poetry, Music, Animation, Film, and Journalism
  • Genres and Styles of Russian Literature

Career Outlook

A minor in Russian will give you the language skills and cultural understanding to pursue a career in fields including:

  • Business
  • Mass media
  • Law
  • Governmental agencies
  • NGOs
  • Philanthropic organizations
  • Relief and aid agencies
  • Human rights groups
  • Graduate and professional schools

Our career services tap Fordham’s ties with more than 3,500 companies. We offer:

  • Post-graduation career search
  • Resume development, interviewing practice
  • Networking skill development
  • Hands-on case-study sessions with industry executives
  • Field-specific advising/coaching

You also get access to our powerful network of alumni, who want to see you succeed as they have.

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