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Russian, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #20 (WUR) Durham, NC, United States
Our Russian major features areas of specialization such as nineteenth-, twentieth-, and twenty-first century Russian and Soviet literature, gender studies, film and media, legal and business Russian language, translation, Slavic linguistics, contemporary Russian literature, scientific and scholarly Russian language, stylistics, and history of the Russian literary language. Other languages regularly offered through the Slavic department are Polish, Turkish, and Romanian. We also occasionally offer language courses in Ukrainian, Hungarian, and Georgian.


Welcome to the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies. We offer a wide range of courses designed to train you in the languages, cultures, and histories of Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, Turkey, and Central Asia. Our curriculum ranges from nineteenth-century Russian literature to the modern Turkish novel, twentieth-century Eastern European cultures to Islamic cultures in Eurasia. Our language offerings are extensive, and students may study up to six years of Russian, three years of Polish and Turkish, and two years of Romanian.

We pride ourselves on being dedicated, engaged teachers and mentors. Our primarily seminar-style courses allow us to work closely with you, and our faculty members' reputations as distinguished scholars in their respective fields assure you of excellent opportunities for professional development, networking, and placement. Our students also benefit from distinctive clusters of faculty expertise in the arts (theater, music, film), gender studies (language, literature, history), linguistics, and translation. Whether or not you elect to major or minor in Russian language and culture or Slavic and Eurasian studies, our department provides you with a supportive, intellectually stimulating academic home.


Duke University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, masters, doctorate, and professional degrees.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    For early decision: November 1

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
    • Partially taught in Russian
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • First-Year Seminar
  • Elementary Russian I
  • Elementary Russian II
  • Elementary Russian Conversation
  • Intensive Russian 
  • Accelerated Russian Language and Culture I
  • Grief Work: End of Life Care in Russia and America
  • Special Topics in Russian Culture
  • Intermediate Russian I
  • Intermediate Russian II
  • Intermediate Russian Conversation
  • Intermediate Russian Language and Culture
  • Islam and Orthodoxy
  • Dervishes, Saints and Other Holy Fools
  • The Empire's Western Front: Russian and Polish Cultures
  • Intensive Intermediate Russian
  • Accelerated Russian Language and Culture II
  • Law and Globalization in Emerging Markets
  • Neuroscience and Human Language
  • Russian Art and Politics: 1800-Present
  • Russian Art and Politics
  • The Diaghilev Ballet: 1909-1929
  • Russian Language Studies in St. Petersburg
  • Language, Culture, and Myth: The Slavic Proverb
  • Russian Phonetics

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

We do NOT require minimum scores on the SAT or ACT, GPA, or class rank for consideration or admission.We're guided initially by our assessment of six primary factors:

  • The rigor of a candidate's academic program
  • Academic performance as measured by grades in academic courses
  • Letters of recommendation from two teachers and a counselor
  • Extracurricular activities
  • The quality of thought and expression in the application essay
  • Standardized test scores

Tuition Fee

  • International

    53744 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 53744 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    53744 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 53744 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Durham

  • 990 - 1670 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Duke is strongly committed to its financial aid program and the principle that a student's financial resources should not be a barrier to enrollment. We pledge to meet full demonstrated financial need for every one of our students.  If you are admitted to Duke, we want to make it possible for you to be here. Our goal is to allow every admitted student to choose us.

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