Russian Minor

Students minoring in Russian will take a minimum of six courses numbered RUSS 1501 Intermediate Russian I and higher, to be selected in consultation with the assigned departmental Russian minor adviser.

A course of study in Russian normally includes:

Course Title Credits
RUSS 1501Intermediate Russian I3
RUSS 1502Intermediate Russian II3
RUSS 2001Russian Language and Literature3
Select two additional 2000-level courses8
Select at least one 3000-level elective course4

Students who place out of RUSS 1501, RUSS 1502, or RUSS 2001 will replace them with 2000- or 3000-level elective courses, a list of which can be found here.

Up to one course in translation may be applied toward the minor if the readings and assignments are done in Russian.

AP and IB Credit

All courses counting towards the core language requirement and the major or the minor in a modern foreign language, literature and culture must be taken for credit and a letter grade. When AP or IB credits are awarded as equivalent to the 1502 level in a language, these credits will be applied toward the core language requirement and, as elective credits, toward graduation, but they will not be applied toward the major or the minor in that language.

Study Abroad

Students interested in the Russian minor are strongly encouraged to study in Russia for at least one semester. A maximum of two courses for the Russian minor may be taken abroad. Students who opt to apply study abroad credits toward their minor must have these courses approved by the Russian minor adviser prior to their going abroad.


The minor in Russian is available at Fordham College at Rose Hill and Fordham College at Lincoln Center. Students in Fordham School of Professional and Continuing Studies may minor in Russian only if they receive the approval of their advising dean and/or department, and their schedules are sufficiently flexible to permit them to take day courses at the Lincoln Center campuses.
All Russian courses are offered only at Lincoln Center.