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Russian

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23 January 2024
Russian is an important world language, spoken by some 150 million people, and is one of the six official languages of the United Nations.
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Introduction

Russian is spoken by over 150 million people, and is one of the six official languages of the United Nations. The opening of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union since the Cold War has seen growth opportunities in independent trade, the entertainment industry, and international business.

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What will my study involve?

  • Learn Russian language and take courses in Russian history from the middle ages to the present day, including literature, film, and culture.
  • Study the only major in Russian in Aotearoa, or combine a minor in Russian with a wide variety of bachelor’s degrees.

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Courses

Russian major

For the major in the Bachelor of Arts, complete the following courses:

100-level

200-level

300-level

Courses from European and European Union Studies can also be credited towards the major, with approval from the Programme Coordinator.

It is highly recommended that you complete some Russian language courses during your major study. The 100-level language courses are for absolute beginners or those with very little previous experience in Russian language. Those with a high level of Russian language proficiency may be given direct entry to 200-level language courses.

RUSS330 and RUSS331 are advanced language courses required for all Russian major students.

Russian minor

For the minor in the Bachelor of Arts, Commerce, Digital Screen, Health Sciences, Product Design, Science, Social and Environmental Sustainability, Sport, or Youth and Community Leadership, complete the following courses:

Courses from European and European Union Studies can also be credited towards the minor, with approval from the Programme Coordinator.

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Career opportunities

By learning a second language, you open yourself up to a wide variety of careers within Aotearoa and abroad. Russian in particular presents a unique opportunity to be a part of one of the most populous European countries that continues to make world history.

Career pathways could include:

  • translation and interpreting
  • international relations
  • foreign policy
  • journalism.

Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Russian.

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