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When you major in Russian you will develop a proficiency in the use of the Russian language, an understanding of the culture and literature of Russia, and the ability to discuss complex literary and cultural expressions at a sophisticated level—producing, demonstrating and defending definable arguments and critical thinking.

Since language is crucial to the understanding of history and culture, your core courses will impart a grammatical, syntactical and cultural proficiency enabling you to adapt to an increasingly diverse world.

Beyond that, dive deep into upper-level elective courses such as:

  • Advanced Literary Analysis
  • Russian Grammar and Stylistics
  • Russian Intellectual Tradition
  • Russian Literature in Translation
  • Russian Poetry

Academics + Experience = Opportunities

Complement academic preparation with experiential learning, creating more opportunities after graduation. Talk to an academic advisor and a career coach about making the most of your time at Nebraska.


Four-year success plan
What to do each year


Major requirements and courses


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Transferrable Career Skills

  • Analyze and interpret difficult texts
  • Communicate clearly using different forms of writing to and for a variety of different audiences
  • Gain global perspective and high levels of intercultural awareness
  • Listen actively and facilitate individual and group communication
  • Develop a strong awareness of self and others
  • Compose convincing arguments and present logical information
  • Contextualize political, social, and historical events
  • Defend and discuss complex issues from multiple angles
  • Examine problems from multiple perspectives
  • Express ideas creatively


Experience is valuable and goes beyond the classroom. We strive to help you connect your academics with research, internships, education abroad, service learning and leadership experiences in Russian, such as:

  • Interning with the Whispering Pines Bed and Breakfast
  • Learn more about internships
  • Studying abroad as a Boren, Critical Language, or Fullbright scholarship recipien
  • Learn more about education abroad
  • Serving as the Russian Club president
  • Learn more about getting involved in student organizations
  • Volunteering at the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia
  • Learn more about service learning


As a Russian major you will receive a broad education making you an attractive candidate for a wide range of career opportunities. When combined with interest areas, you will be equipped for pursuing a career in areas such as government services, business, the travel industry, journalism, law or health care.

Examples of Alumni Careers

  • Community Health Extensionist, Peace Corps
  • Financial Services Officer, SACS Federal Credit Union
  • Intelligence Analyst, BAE Systems/R2G
  • Logistics Officer, U.S. Air Force
  • Network Engineer, Softbank
  • Associate Curator, Courtault Institute of Art - University of London
  • International Business Associate, Nebraska Department of Economic Development
  • Outreach Coordinator, U.S. Senator Ben Sasse's Office

Examples of Graduate Schools Attended by Alumni

  • Master's Degree, Museum Studies, North Carolina State University
  • Master's Degree, Linguistics, University of Potsdam
  • Master's Degree, Modern Languages & Literature, University College Dublin
  • Master's Degree, Business Administration, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Juris Doctorate, Ohio State University
  • Bachelor's Degree, Nursing, Creighton University
  • Ph.D., Mathematics , University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Master's Degree, Biological Systems Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Juris Doctorate, University of Massachusetts Law School
  • Master's Degree, European Studies, University of Wisconsin
Jessica Long

“I chose to add a Russian major to my Global Studies major. My Russian 101 class turned out to be one of my favorite classes. It allowed me to connect with new students. The small size and teaching style allowed me to get to know almost everyone. I feel that Russian 101 added both to my major and my experience at UNL.”

Jessica Long

Russian at Nebraska

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