Russian, B.A.

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Program Overview

Knowing another language is one of the most valuable skills you can possess, and learning it at Brooklyn College—located in one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse areas in the world—is a wise choice. With fluency in another language—and the cultural connections that are inextricably linked to it—you’ll stand out in a variety of careers and be able to travel the world with confidence. A notable feature of our program is that, as a Russian major, you can choose a track in Russian business.

Russian, B.A.

Where You'll Go

A major in Russian will give you a solid background in the language, literature, and culture that could lead to a rewarding career in international affairs, business, government, or teaching, and to studies at the graduate level in a variety of fields.

Major Details

The program information listed here reflects the approved curriculum for the 2023–24 academic year per the Brooklyn College Bulletin. Bulletins from past academic years can be found here.

Major Requirements (24–36 Credits)

The following are required (24 credits in advanced courses):

Russian 2030 and 3610

Russian 2120W

At least one of the following culture courses: Russian 3515 or 3510

The remaining courses are to be selected from Russian 2021, 2024, 2120, 2432, 3515, 3525, 3510 or 3518. Tier II, Tier III, and/or Tier IV.

A knowledge of Latin and/or another language other than English is also helpful.

You can also choose the track in Russian Business.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Oral and writing proficiency: to master the oral and written skills that may be necessary to delve into other areas of academic or professional inquiry provided by the study of the modern languages and cultures.
  • Linguistic competence: to acquire a range of linguistic skills—listening, speaking and writing-that correspond to the standard level of their, following the description carried out by the ACTFL.
  • Cultural proficiency: appreciation for languages other than English and for minority and foreign cultures.
  • Cultural competence: to identify and become savvy in linguistic traditions and cultures other than one’s own.


Alejandro Alonso

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Or contact:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

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2900 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210

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Russian Business

All of the following: Russian 2024 or 2030, 2432, 3610, 3515 or 3525

Four additional courses to be selected from Russian 2021, 2030 or 2030W, 2120 or 2120W, 3515, 3525, 3510, or 3520, Tier II, Tier III, and/or Tier IV.

Both of the following: Business 3100 and 3170

Two of the following: Business 3240, 3200, 3210, 3230, 3130, 3140

The “W” designates a writing-intensive course.

Internships and Employers

Through job fairs, the internship database, and internship panels, the Magner Career Center gives students in the Russian B.A. program access to career opportunities at a wide variety of employers, including:

  • McGraw Hill
  • Mount Sinai Health System
  • New York City Department of Education
  • New York City Human Resources Administration
  • New York City Teaching Fellows
  • Sanctuary for Families
  • United Nations
  • United States Army

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