Russian Studies

Russian is the first language of over 150 million people worldwide. Not only is it spoken in Russia, but this Slavic language is also spoken elsewhere in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and North America. If you are considering a career in international relations, banking, or business, this major may be for you.


Studying the Russian language and culture at Seattle Pacific University is an intellectually stimulating and enriching experience that can lead to an exciting career in travel, business, commerce, or governmental and non-governmental organizations. One of the five official languages of the United Nations, Russian has been classified as a critical-needs language by the U.S. government, vital to U.S. national security interests.

By developing your language skills and increasing your knowledge about Russian culture, society, and history, you can become an active participant in today’s multicultural, global community.

Students in a Russian Studies class

Career opportunities

  • International business
  • Linguist
  • Human rights advocate
  • Civil servant
  • Education
  • Missions
  • Diplomat
  • Aerospace
  • Public relations

Courses and degree requirements

When you major in Russian Studies, you will take a minimum 56 credits, including 25 upper-division credits, 18 of which will be taught in Russian. Your courses include modern Russian literature and culture, and include an independent-study option.

Because some required courses are taught every other year, be sure to work with your faculty advisor to ensure meeting your major or minor requirements in a timely manner.

The Russian Studies major also includes a Study Abroad requirement, a senior paper, and, prior to graduation, an oral proficiency interview conducted by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

In the Russian Studies minor, your 35 minimum credits will include 10 credits of history/global courses.

Admission to the major or minor

To apply for a major or minor in Russian Studies, you must have a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA in all college work applicable to the BA degree and a minimum 2.5 GPA in 10 credits of coursework in the Languages, Cultures, and Linguistics Department.

Apply online for a major or minor using the Major or Minor Application form.

Faculty contact

Katya Nemtchinova

Professor of TESOL and Russian
PhD, SUNY at Stony Brook

Phone: 206-281-2406
Office: Marston Hall 216

Katya Nemtchinova
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