B.A. Program

The Joint Major in Linguistics and Russian

Successful completion of four courses in Russian: RUSSIAN 110, 120, 230 and 240 (or equivalent). Thirty credits distributed between Linguistics and Russian, including all of the following courses:

Linguistics courses:
201 Introduction to Linguistics Theory
401 Introduction to Syntax
402 Speech Sounds and Structure
411 Introduction to Language Acquisition
414 Introductory Phonetics for Linguists

Russian courses:
301 Advanced Russian I
302 Advanced Russian II
560 Russian Phonetics
561 Structure of Russian
563 Contrastive Structures of Russian and English

Currently, students can take Elementary and Intermediate Russian, as well as Heritage Russian, at Umass.  Advanced level Russian courses are offered through the Five Colleges https://www.fivecolleges.edu/reees/courses
It may be possible to arrange for coursework by special arrangement with individual faculty, or by study abroad.  For more information, contact the Undergraduate Adviser.

Additional courses may be selected from the offerings of the Slavic languages departments in the Five Colleges.

Junior Year Writing requirement:
All majors must complete the Junior Year Writing requirement in either department. The departmental website lists courses that satisfy the requirement. The course need not be taken in the junior year.


Common requirements for all majors:
A grade of C or better must be earned in any course used to satisfy major requirements.


College of Humanities and Fine Arts requirement:

  • Foreign Language: All students must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language at the intermediate level.


See the Undergraduate Program Guide for more details about College requirements.


University Graduation requirements:

See the Undergraduate Program Guide for more details about University graduation requirements, including General Education requirements.