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Saint Basil’s Cathedral illuminated at night, where Russian majors might one day visit.

Interested in a Russian major? 

Recent world events have only reinforced the importance of studying the language and culture of Russia. MSU’s undergraduate Russian major program is designed to help students develop proficiency in the Russian language, literature and culture. 

Students may study Russian as part of a multicultural education or as a complement to a profession in scientific research, government service, international business or education.


Graduates with a Russian major pursue careers in a range of industries, excelling in jobs that demand deep knowledge of language and culture, communication, and international and domestic affairs.

Alumni work at: 

  • Law firms
  • U.S. Armed Forces
  • Public and private schools
  • U.S. congressional offices
  • NPR
  • Amazon
  • Peace Corps

Alumni work as: 

  • Scientific and medical translators
  • Legislative assistants
  • Consultants
  • Russian instructors
  • Attorneys 
  • Customer advocates
  • Boren fellows

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