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Russian Literature Major

Welcome to the Russian Literature undergraduate page.  Here you will find the major and minor requirements, contact information, career planning and study abroad resources and quarterly-updated information like:

  • Russian Literature major checklist
  • Student and department event announcements
  • Quarterly course information and highlights

You will also find the Faculty Advisor for the Russian Literature major, which changes annually.  Your faculty advisor will be available to assist you with such issues as academic progress, research opportunities and career paths within your field.

Professor Steven Cassedy

2017-2018 Faculty Advisor
Professor Ameilia Glaser

Major Requirements (for students entering UCSD Fall 2017 or later)

Russian Literature major checklist
  1. LTRU 1A-B-C and 2A-B-C or their equivalent.
  2. Twelve upper-division courses in Russian:
    1. LTRU 104A-B-C
    2. LTRU 110A-B-C
    3. Six additional upper-division courses in Russian literature
  3. Secondary Language & Literature: Students will satisfy this requirement by completing the lower-division course sequence in a language other than Russian, through a designated terminal lower-division course.  
    1. Intensive Language Track:  Students will also be able to choose to complete an intensive track, which will be noted on the their transcript.  Students who would like to earn this notation will complete the lower-division language sequence, as well as two upper-division literature courses in the language.  Students who would like to pursue the intensive track should consult with an advisor to see how that path will affect their upper division requirements.

Students in the Russian literature major are encouraged to participate in the Education Abroad Program (EAP) in Moscow and to investigate other options for foreign study through the Opportunities Abroad Program (OAP). By petition, credits earned through EAP/OAP can fulfill UC San Diego degree and major requirements.

Major Requirements (for students that entered UCSD prior to Fall 2017)

Russian Literature major checklist
  1. LTRU 1A-B-C and 2A-B-C or their equivalent.
  2. Twelve upper-division courses in Russian:
    1. LTRU 104A-B-C
    2. LTRU 110A-B-C
    3. Six additional upper-division courses in Russian literature
  3. Three courses in a secondary literature, that is, a literature taught in a language other than Russian. At least one of these courses must be upper division. Special studies courses (198s and 199s) and courses in foreign literatures taught in Russian do not apply to the secondary literature requirement. 
    1. It is highly recommended that Russian Literature majors choose English as their secondary literature (unless they are already fluent in another non-Russian language).  

Students in the Russian literature major are encouraged to participate in the Education Abroad Program (EAP) in Moscow and to investigate other options for foreign study through the Opportunities Abroad Program (OAP). By petition, credits earned through EAP/OAP can fulfill UC San Diego degree and major requirements.

How to switch to the new 2017 requirements

Students that entered UCSD prior to Fall 2017 are allowed to either follow their existing requirements or switch to the new 2017 major requirements.

If you are considering changing to the new 2017 requirements:

  1. Review the new major requirements in the "Major Requirements (for students entering UCSD Fall 2017 or later)" section above.
  2. Consult with a Literature Department faculty member to determine which requirements would be the best preparation for your future goals.  One faculty member we encourage you to talk to is the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
  3. Visit us in the Literature Office (Room 110, Literature Building) during walk-in advising, where an advisor will prepare the necessary paperwork for you to review and sign.
  4. Once the paperwork is signed and filed, we will update your degree audit to reflect your new requirements.
NOTE: Switching to the new requirements means a complete switch.  No partial changes in requirements will be permitted.

Minor Requirements

Seven LTRU courses, at least four of which must be upper-division.  Lower division courses that may be applied to the minor: LTRU 2A, 2B and 2C.  All courses for the minor must be taken for a letter grade.  You can declare a Russian Literature minor (LT32) on TritonLink, using the Major/Minor Tool.

Course Information

Tips for Transfer Students

Before you transfer...

  • Check Assist, the official source for articulation and student transfer information. You will see how your lower division courses will transfer to UCSD. 
  • This major does have a Russian language requirement, so students are highly recommended to start taking courses in Russian language as early as possible.
  • We are happy to assist any students who are planning to transfer to UCSD.  If you would like guidance prior to transferring, please email us at litprospective@ucsd.edu or call us at 858-534-3210.

After you transfer...

  • Please check your transfer record on TritonLink . Are all the courses you took listed? Are the UC San Diego equivalent courses listed beside the courses you took? If you took a course and it does not appear on your TritonLink record, please contact the Admission's Office for corrections. 
  • If you took a course that does not appear on Assist and you think it is equivalent to one of our courses, you can file an undergraduate student petition with the Literature Department for review. We will be happy to go over that process with you if you have any questions.
  • Once you've received all possible UCSD credit for your transferred coursework, you are ready to make an academic plan.  Our Academic Advisors are happy to help you with this during our walk-in advising hours.
    • YOU SHOULD BE ENROLLED IN A RUSSIAN LANGUAGE COURSE IN YOUR FIRST QUARTER AT UCSD.  If you need assistance determining which course is appropriate, please call us at 858-534-3210.

Study Abroad for Your Major

Russian Literature majors are highly recommended to study abroad!  Aside from being an amazing experience, study abroad coursework can be applied to your major requirements (and actually decrease your time to graduation, if planned right)!  Russian Literature majors may apply up to 5 upper division courses from study abroad to their major requirements, and Russian Literature minors may apply up to 3 upper division courses to their minor.  Learn more about study abroad opportunities:

Careers in Literature

Students who major in Literature pursue a wide array of career paths.  UCSD and the Department of Literature have many resources to aid you in your career exploration and development:


Alumni Highlight:


Russian Literature Alumni - Deborah Kirkham

Deborah Kirkham, ’94

Russian Literature

COO, Pole to Win International

As Chief Operating Officer, Deborah Kirkham oversees international operations across the U.S., Europe and India. In her career, she has led, mentored, and assembled world-class teams for industry giants such as Check Point, Bandai Namco, LucasArts, and Sega. Prior to becoming COO, she was President of e4e Interactive Entertainment and oversaw the merger with Pole To Win which energized the company’s global expansion.



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Map to the Literature Building

Walk-in Advising

Literature Building, Room 110
Monday-Friday, 9:00am-12:00pm & 1:00pm-4:00pm

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Virtual Advising Center

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