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BA Russian Language and Literature

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
3 Years
 Start month
July

 Tuition fee

International
46040 USD
National
46040 USD

Application fee

International 75 USD
National 75 USD
Department
Slavic Department
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
TOEFL-PBT (min)600
15

World University Ranking

About this course

The Barnard-Columbia Slavic Department offers instruction in six Slavic languages and literatures (Russian, Bulgarian, Czech, Polish, Serbian/ Croatian/ Bosnian, and Ukrainian) , with particularly extensive offerings in Russian.  The department prides itself on giving students a strong foundation in language study, which serves as invaluable preparation for future graduate work in literature, history, economics, or political science, as well as for careers in government, business, journalism, or international law.

The department offers four major tracks in various aspects of Russian or other Slavic cultures, and a minor in Russian for those wishing to combine the study of Russian with a specialization in a different department.

Policy on No Exemption from General Education Requirements through Advanced Placement and/or International Baccalaureate Credits

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Eligibility Criteria

To be well-prepared for a college like Barnard, it is important to think about the academic community you are hoping to join. Barnard's general education requirements cover a wide range of subjects: literature, the social sciences, language and the arts, lab sciences, and quantitative areas. For this reason, you should acquire a strong foundation in high school, taking courses from the core academic subjects: math, science, English, history, and foreign language. Do your best to take the most rigorous classes available to you in which you can do your best work. For transfer students, our recommendations are similar. Take courses that are recommended to fulfill general requirements in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. If an area is a relative weakness, continue taking that subject while pursuing advanced coursework in areas of relative strength. Remember, we hope to see how you might contribute to our intellectual community, and your choices tell us what kind of a student you will be.

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Course Modules

Russian Language and Literature

(a) Completion of four years of the Russian language, or equivalent (for those who enter with a high level of fluency).

Native and heritage speakers of Russian who place out of the standard Russian language courses may be required to substitute the following courses:

UN3430x Russian for Heritage Speakers, I.

UN3431y Russian for Heritage Speakers, II.

Native speakers who place out of the Heritage Speakers classes are exempt from the language requirement, but must take at least two 4000-level courses taught in Russian as part of their electives.

(b) The following three courses, which are required for all Russian Language and Literature majors:

  • UN3220x Literature and Empire: The Reign of the Russian Novel.
  • UN3221y Literature and Revolution: Tradition, Innovation and Politics in Russian Culture.
  • UN3595 Senior Seminar for Russian majors.

(c) At least four additional courses in Russian literature and culture, including at least two courses with required reading in Russian.

Note: All courses should be chosen in close consultation with the student's major advisor.

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How to Apply

Submit all supporting materials

  • Request that all official high school and college transcripts be sent to Barnard College along with your high school's profile. Your guidance counselor will also need to submit the School Report.
  • Submit official standardized testing. For more information, please view
  • Submit Teacher Evaluation forms. We require letters from two teachers that taught you in core academic subjects (English, foreign language, history [social science], mathematics, or science) in your final two years of secondary school.
  • Your counselor will submit the mid-year report with your first semester senior grades by March 1st via the common application.
  • Submit TOEFL or IELTS (if applicable). In addition to SAT/ACT requirements, TOEFL/IELTS scores are required for students whose primary language is not English and who have not been enrolled in a school where English is the primary medium of instruction for four consecutive years

Optional Supplemental Materials

  • Students may choose to complete an on-campus or off-campus interview. For information on how and when to schedule an interview, please visit our admissions interview page. 
  • Students may choose to submit supplementary portfolios (art—including film, photo, drawing, painting, sculpture—music, dance, theatre, or creative writing) for review via Slideroom. 
    Please note: Supplementary material will not be reviewed by Barnard faculty, and unfortunately, during high volume periods, we cannot guarantee it will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. 

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