- Certificate in Arts
- Certificate in Languages
- Diploma in Arts
- Diploma in Languages
- Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Commerce
- Bachelor of Digital Screen with Honours
- Bachelor of Health Sciences
- Bachelor of Science
- Bachelor of Social and Environmental Sustainability
- Bachelor of Sport Coaching
- Bachelor of Youth and Community Leadership
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.
For the first time, direct business contacts have become possible between Aotearoa and Russia, opening many career possibilities for experts and speakers of Russian.
- Learn Russian language and take courses in Russian history covering its full extent 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.
For the major in the Bachelor of Arts, complete the following courses:
- Three 200-level RUSS courses
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.
For the minor in the Bachelor of Arts, Commerce, Digital Screen, Health Sciences, Science, Social and Environmental Sustainability, Sport Coaching, or Youth and Community Leadership, complete the following courses:
- 75 points in 100 to 300-level RUSS courses, with at least 45 points above 100-level
Courses from European and European Union Studies can also be credited towards the minor, with approval from the Programme Coordinator.
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.
Some career pathways could include:
- Translation and interpreting
- International relations
- Foreign policy
Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Russian.
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