Faculty of Arts - Russian

Program description

The Russian program teaches cultural literacy by providing language competence and a knowledge of texts, films and other forms of representation. Students are able to enter the language programs at any level: beginner, intermediate or advanced. Intensive language training is provided with the aid of audio-visual materials and use of a computerized language laboratory. The Russian literature and culture program aim at providing familiarity with the major texts and issues in literary and cultural history. The aim is also to enrich the student’s understanding of the Slavic/Russian contribution to the European and the North American cultural heritage. A number of courses are taught in English translation; higher level courses are taught in Russian.

Program options

Degree options

B.A. Bachelor of Arts (General) in Russian - 3 years (Major or Minor)
M.A. Masters of Arts in Slavic Studies - 2 years (concentration in Russian or in Russian and Ukrainian combined)

Interesting courses and unique opportunities

Interesting courses

  • Russian language courses on all levels
  • Masterpieces of Russian Literature 
  • Russian Culture
  • Exploring Russia Through Film
  • Literature and Revolution
  • Comparative German and Slavic Studies
  • Literature courses on authors such as Chekhov, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, and Gogol
  • Second Language Acquisition

Exchange and travel opportunities
Annual summer programs to Kiev (Ukraine) and St. Petersburg (Russia)
1-2 semester exchanges for students of all disciplines to St. Petersburg
Full credit-recognition of summer courses and study-abroad credits in University of Manitoba programs

Scholarships and grants available on a competitive basis

Professional opportunities

  • Education
  • Communications
  • Translation
  • Government / immigration
  • Business / commerce
  • Higher education
  • The arts and culture 
  • Libraries
  • Journalism
  • Publishing

Note: language and culture training have proven particularly valuable for those students who, by linking their linguistic ability to another skill, have found jobs in the expanding market for those with knowledge of Eastern Europe. Such jobs are available from the secretarial to the senior executive level. From the immersion in another culture, students become more effective communicators.

Admission requirements

Visit the Faculty of Arts Direct Entry (high school applicants) or Advanced Entry (post-secondary applicants) application for admission page to learn more about admission requirements, application dates and how to apply.

What is unique about this program at the U of M?

The Russian major and the M.A. (and PreMA) in Slavic studies are the only such degrees in Russian and Slavic Studies offered in Manitoba.

The Russian program offers a unique blend of a traditional language and literature program with a modern Language and Cultural studies program. Faculty members have a strong expertise in national identity studies, trauma studies, representations of history and war, as well as in Second Language Acquisition and Curriculum studies. One of the programs’ strengths are the regular summer courses to Kiev (Ukraine) and St. Petersburg (Russia) as well as the successful student exchange with St. Petersburg. The program coordinates teaching and research activities of the program for Central and East European Studies. The program closely cooperates with Manitoba's Russian community.

The Department has introduced a new special topics slot, unique in Canada, for "Comparative German and Slavic Studies" that brings together students from German and from Slavic Studies to gain from the different culture's perspectives, such as "Germany and Russia in World War II". 

The Russian Students’ Association organizes different events, which can be officially recognized as co-curricular activity. Meeting and work space is available in “The German and Slavic Student Room”, a unique space for undergraduate students in the Department. ..

Important links

Faculty of Arts
Russian Studies
Graduate Studies in Slavic Studies (M.A., PreM.A.)