BA in Russian


36 credit hours above the 200 level

  • RUS 209
  • RUS 303, 304, 306, 311, 312
  • RUS 403, 404, 418, 419 (Other Russian courses numbered above 419 may be substituted for some of these courses)
  • Two courses from any of the following: LLEA 350, 351, 352, 353, 354, or 555
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 in courses counted toward the major is required.  At least half of the credits required for the major must be taken at UH Manoa.

Undergraduate Certificate Russian

Requirements in addition to a regular major

  • 15 credit hours of RUS courses numbered 300 and above (all five courses must be taken with a letter grade, minimum GPA of 2.5 required)

Undergraduate Certificate in Russian Studies

Requirements in addition to a regular major

Advanced reading and conversation courses in Russian, equivalent to at least the third-year level and 9 credit hours of work, exclusive of courses taken for the major, chosen from an approved list of courses in the areas of Russian language, literature and culture.

Scholarship Help for Students of Russian

Persons pursuing a BA in Russian, a Certificate in Russian or a Certificate in Russian Area Studies are eligible to apply for Ella Lury Wiswell and Frederick Wiswell scholarships and grants. For more information contact Dr. James E. Brown, Department of Languages and Literatures of Europe and the Americas, 458 Moore Hall, Ph: (808) 956-4167, e-mail: jebrown@hawaii.edu.

College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature Policy on Second Language Back Credit

Petition for Back Credits:

All students (including native speakers of a language) with experience in another language other than English may earn “back credits.” These students may take any UHM course, appropriate to their level, in which there is significant use of that language. (Appropriate level determined by placement exam or adviser; significant use determined by the course content.) Upon completion of this course* with a letter grade of C (not C-) or better, may petition between 3-16 back credits. Please note that a “W” grade received for university language courses will make you ineligible for back credits when taking subsequent courses. For more information please visit UH Manoa General Education Policy on Second Language Back Credits (pdf).

*Only first instance of a course.

Petition form for back credits

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