Russian Program

Undergraduate Adviser: Natalia Tkachov, russian@sfsu.edu


The Russian Program at SFSU has been in existence since 1953. The program offers courses in language acquisition, culture and literature. We offer exceptional opportunities for language study in small classes supported by cutting edge-technology in the newly refurbished Multi Media Language Lab and effective, enthusiastic personalized instruction. The program also offers opportunities to join our Russian club and participate in outings to Russian restaurants, view Russian films, attend social events organized by the Russian program on campus and in the Russian community. Extensive opportunities are available for exchange with conversation partners. Even without a formal arrangement, everything you learn in the classroom becomes current currency on the streets of San Francisco, a city with a highly visible Russian presence.

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Minor in Russian

The Russian minor is designed to provide undergraduate students with an understanding of the language, literature and culture of Russia. To satisfy the requirements for a Minor in Russian, 21 upper-division units must be completed. Generally, this follows 10 units of Basic Language Acquisition (RUSS 101 and RUSS 102).

Heritage Learning (Russian)

Beginning and advanced courses in Russian language are offered to native Russian speakers interested in reclaiming, developing and maintaining their primary language. Please contact us to schedule a placement test.

Career Opportunities (Russian)

A minor in Russian enhances most majors.

  • Interpreting and translating
  • Business
  • International relations
  • Comparative and world literature
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Jobs and Volunteering (Russian)

Many volunteeer and job opportunities are available to students of modern language. A number of local resources are listed below.

External Resources (Russian)

Here is a list compiled of internships and links, including academic and nonacademic sites, that focus on research in Russian, East European and Eurasian studies.

Area Studies Minors

You may also be interested in multidisciplinary minors in European StudiesMiddle East and Islamic Studies or Pacific Asian Studies.