Course Sequence - Honours BA with Major in Russian language and culture

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers a range of courses focusing on the language, history and culture of Russia, a fascinating country. Russian, which is spoken in Russia and throughout the former Soviet Union, ranks fourth among the world’s most widely used languages, after Chinese, English and Spanish. The achievements of Russian writers and artists in ballet, cinema, theatre and painting are internationally recognized. Since the fall of communism, the Russian economy and Russian life in general have gained new vigour.

Russia is a country that is easy to visit and offers a myriad of exciting experiences. This major is for students who wish to discover the world and learn Russian at the same time. It includes a mandatory immersion session abroad at a Russian-speaking university, where students will be surrounded by the language. While at the host university, students are required to take at least 12 credits worth of courses. A mobility scholarship is available to help students cover the cost of travel and stay.


The Russian Language and Culture program at the University of Ottawa leads to an honours bachelor’s degree, which requires the equivalent of four years of university studies and 120 credits (40 courses).

Bachelor’s degree

  • Honours BA with Major in Russian Language and Culture


  • Minor in Russian Language and Culture

Language of instruction

The language courses are taught in Russian. Other courses are offered in either English or French.


Mastering a foreign language is an important asset in the business sector and in the public service. These programs lead to careers in the diplomatic service, foreign affairs, tourism and teaching.

What can I do with my studies? ( is a tool that provides information on career opportunities for students with a background in Russian language and culture.




1 This course has variable topics.  Students may take this course twice

Mandatory requirement: Immersion stay abroad

A minimum of 12 credits will be taken abroad in a university where Russian is the language of teaching and study. The University of Ottawa will establish RUS course equivalencies.

The foreign university and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures will establish jointly a bank of courses from which students will choose the credits to take.

Eligibility requirements:

1) must have completed RUS3901 and RUS2101;

2) must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 4.5;

3) must not be on probation;

4) must take a minimum of 12 credits or the equivalent abroad.

Students   Students will receive a total of $2000 in funding (i.e: a $1000 mobility scholarship from the International office and $1000 from the Faculty of Arts)

3 credits = 1 course

  Total 1st year 2nd year 3rd year 4th year

120 credits 

(40 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

Core courses

12 credits

(4 courses)

ENG1100  Workshop in Essay Writing


3 course credits from

PHI1101 Reasoning and Critical Thinking PHI1301 Philosophy: Ideas and Arguments

3 credits from:

AHL1100 Introduction to interdisciplinary study in the Arts1

AHL1900 Initiation aux études interdisciplinaires en Arts / Introduction to interdisciplinary study in the Arts1

ENG1120  Literature and Composition I: Prose Fiction

ENG1121  Literature and Composition II: Drama and Poetry 

3 credits from:

AHL1100 Introduction to interdisciplinary study in the Arts1

AHL1900 Initiation aux études interdisciplinaires en Arts / Introduction to interdisciplinary study in the Arts1

PHI1102 Moral reasoning

PHI1103 Fundamental Philosophical Questions

PHI1104 Great Philosophers

PHI1302 Philosophy: Themes and Texts




First module

Major in Russian Language and Culture

42 credits

(14 courses)

RUS1901 Cours élémentaire de russe I/Elementary Russian I

RUS1902 Cours élémentaire de russe II/Elementary Russian II

RUS2101 Introduction to Russian Culture

RUS2103 Contemporary Russian Culture

RUS2901 Cours intermédiaire de russe I/Intermediate Russian I

RUS2902 Cours intermédiaire de russe II/Intermediate Russian II

RUS3901 Cours avancé de russe I/Advanced Russian I

RUS3902 Cours avancé de russe II/Advanced Russian II


6 RUS optional credits at 3000 level 

6 RUS optional credits at the 4000 

6 RUS optional credits

Second module

Minor or major

42 credits (14 courses)

30 credits (10 courses)

Mandatory major or minor added after first year.

Students must add a second program, either a 42-credit major or a 30-credit minor, selected from any of a number of disciplines offered at the Telfer School of Management or at the faculties of Arts, Engineering, Science, Health Sciences or Social Sciences. The faculties of Science and Engineering also offer many majors and minors. However, these majors require 51 to 60 credits.

Note that secondary school prerequisite courses may be required for the second program.


24 or 36 credits 

(8 or 12 courses)

The number of elective courses varies according to the second program:

  • In the major option, students must take 24 electives (8 courses).
  • In the minor option, students must take 36 electives (12 classes). 
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