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Russian Studies

Taking Russian at Iowa State is your first step toward being able to communicate with the 250+ million people who speak Russian throughout Europe, Asia, and the nine time zones of Russia. Students who minor in Russian Studies become proficient in one of the world’s most widely spoken languages; gain a profound understanding of Russian culture; and explore history and politics of one of the world’s major nations.


The Russian Studies Program offers language courses that range from Elementary to Advanced, as well as coursework (in English and in Russian) on Russian cinema, literature, culture, and society. For those of you interested in the social sciences, the History and Political Science Departments also offer a wide array of courses that satisfy requirements for the Russian Studies minor and provide additional pathways into discovering this fascinating region of the world. For an extra professional edge, explore the ISU-sponsored study-abroad and internship packages, that range from one week to one year and take you from the bustling streets of Moscow to the wilderness of Lake Baikal.

The student learning outcomes identified here are based on the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century (National Standards in Foreign Language Education Project). This document, a collaborative effort of nine national foreign language organizations, establishes a context that defines the central role of foreign language in the learning of every student. The standards, as well as our program outcomes and individual course objectives, suggest a paradigm shift in foreign language education that focuses on students’ ability to use the language in authentic situations. Please refer to the departmental document (linked above) for programmatic alignments listed below.

  • Russian 101-102
    • programatic outcome alignment: 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b
  • Russian 201-202
    • programatic outcome alignment: 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b
  • Russian 301
    • programatic outcome alignment: 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b
  • Russian 304
    • programatic outcome alignment: 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b
  • Russian 314
    • programatic outcome alignment: 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b
  • Russian 370
    • programatic outcome alignment: 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4b
  • Russian 375
    • programatic outcome alignment: 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4b
  • Russian 378
    • programatic outcome alignment: 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4b




If your first major is in the College of Agriculture, Business, or Engineering then you can get a professionally-focused minor with us.


Visit the ISU Study Abroad Center website to access information regarding their services and university-wide programs. In addition to this central office, each college at Iowa State has its own study abroad office, programs and scholarships to explore. To view these, visit our study abroad page and click on ‘Contact’ to view an interactive campus map, that provides links to all study abroad office pages. To search (and apply for) all study abroad programs, visit isuabroad, click on ‘Programs’, and refine your search (i.e. by city, country, program). NOTE: Study abroad is open to every student, regardless of field of study. Discuss your plans with your academic adviser as well as study abroad advisers on campus to plan your journey.

Studying Abroad greatly enhances a student’s undergraduate experience. There are many study abroad options for students of Russian at Iowa State.


The WLC recommended provider is SRAS: the most popular destination among our student body has been St. Petersburg.  Students can select from a number of SRAS locations (St. Petersburg, Vladivostok, Irkutsk, Moscow) that are offered during the summer, Semester or Academic Year.  SRAS offers intensive Russian language programs (RSL – Russian as a Second Language) at all locations, from beginning to advanced levels.  In addition, students can take content courses in English on a range of topics: art history, cross–cultural communication, economy, foreign policy, history, finance and marketing, geopolitics, literature, mass media. There are internship options at all locations.


RSL options:

  • Russian only (beginners to advanced are welcome)
  • Russian language + internship
  • Russian language + content course in English


There are 3 summer sessions available at all SRAS locations: for 6, 8 and 10 weeks. Students bring back roughly 1 credit per week for RSL programs.


Contact Ginger Nally at gcnally@iastate.edu


With ISU you can study Russian abroad on the following programs:

SRAS programs

Other affiliate programs