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    May 29, 2024  
American University Catalog 2020-2021 
American University Catalog 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Language and Area Studies: Russian/Area Studies (BA)

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Offered by the Department of World Languages and Cultures , College of Arts and Sciences , the Language and Area Studies: Russian/Area Studies (BA) is designed for students with a strong interest in a region of the world and in a language of that region. This innovative program achieves a balance between humanities and social sciences courses, combined with an advanced level of foreign language study.

Admission to the Program

To be considered for freshman admission, an applicant should have earned at least a 3.00 average in secondary school. Students from other regionally accredited collegiate institutions, and students in other programs at American University who have completed the freshman year, should maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) to be considered for transfer to the program.

University Requirements

AU Core Requirements

For additional information, see AU Core Curriculum .

Major Requirements

  • 51 credit hours with grades of C or better
    • Where appropriate, and with Faculty Advisory Committee approval, special topics courses may fulfill requirements
    • Up to 3 credit hours may be applied toward the major from an approved internship
    • Study abroad coursework may be used toward the major with Faculty Advisory Committee approval
  • Proficiency in Russian demonstrated by achieving a B (3.00) average or better for all RUSS coursework taken in World Languages and Cultures  

Course Requirements

Foundation (9 credit hours)

Intercultural Communication

Complete 3 credit hours from the following:

Russian Language (18 credit hours)

  • 18 credit hours of RUSS-XXX coursework at or above 300-level

Area Studies (21 credit hours)


Complete 15 credit hours, with 12 credit hours at or above 300-level, in humanities coursework, including 3 credit hours from History  (HIST-xxx) and an additional 3 credit hours of coursework with a strong historical component, from the following or other area studies courses approved by the major advisor:

Capstone (3 credit hours)

Complete 3 credit hours from the following or other approved coursework in SIS comparative seminar or topics or seminar course in World Languages and Cultures :

Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor’s/master’s programs. See Admission to a Combined Bachelor’s / Master’s Program  and Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees  for more information.

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