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In Russian we do more than just teach you a language. We offer undergraduate programs and courses in Russian literature, language and culture. We also offer excellent opportunities to sharpen your language skills and experience their cultures first hand with programs delivered in St. Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod. The knowledge of two or three languages is vital in today's global environment. Training in Russian helps prepare students for careers in international business, the foreign service, the publishing industry, as translators, and in international law to name just a few.

Year One Year Two Year Three Year Four and Beyond

Note: students must consult with Russian program advisor about the responsibilities of proper course sequencing and course availability beyond year one.

To earn a Bachelor of Arts you must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours including the following degree components: core requirements, major or honours program, minor or second major, and electives.

In your first 30 credit hours, take your first RUSS major courses RUSS 1000 and RUSS 1001.

Consult the University Calendar for program descriptions, degree regulations, course descriptions, important dates, and everything else academic. Work towards the completion of the core requirements for the BA. Record your progress in the degree tracker. 

Learn about declaring your program by visiting iDeclare or by emailing


In your next 30 to 60 credit hours, take RUSS 2010, RUSS 2011 and two RUSS course at any level.

It is recommended students complete LANG 2800 or LING 2800.

Finalize the BA core requirements (CRW, LS, and QR). Declare your minor or double major. Consult with the Undergraduate Program Director and the University Calendar, including the general undergraduate academic regulations and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences regulations

As part of your 60 to 90 credit hours, take RUSS 3010 and three RUSS courses at any level.

Cross-check your degree advice with the University Calendar regulations.

In your final 90 to 120 credit hours, take two RUSS courses at the 4000 level.

Ensure your Breadth of Knowledge requirement for the BA core requirements has been fulfilled. Apply to graduate before the deadlines posted in your Memorial Self-Service account, under the Graduation menu options.

  • Request a final official degree audit after winter semester to ensure you are on track for graduation
  • Have questions about your official degree audit? Follow up with the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Assistant Registrar at
  • Seek advice from instructors about graduate or professional schools
  • Consider grants for graduate or professional studies in the fall 
  • Be mindful of application deadlines for professional and graduate schools everywhere and apply early
  • Approach your instructors for academic references for future academic and professional endeavors
  • In September - if you have not had an audit within the last 3 semesters  request one now.  The audit will ensure you are on track for graduation
  • Finalize applications and academic references for professional or graduate school
  • Attend the Career and Graduate School Fair in the fall
  • Apply to graduate before the deadlines posted in the Graduation menu of your Self-service account.

Pondering your future career interest?

Learn about the career versatility of the BA through BA Professional: A Career Conversation Series. Watch episodes on demand to hear from Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences alumni on how to build a successful career.

  • Explore on-campus and summer jobs through MUCEP, ISWEP, and SWASP for exposure to research and administration
  • Attend fall Career and Graduate School Fair and Summer Job Fair
  • Meet up for career conversations, gain a better understanding of what careers are available with your degree and develop your networking and communications skills, in-person or online through 10,000 coffees.

Explore career interests related to your major(s). Seek opportunities to network in your community.

Prepare for life after graduation.


Attend departmental events and German and Russian Society mixer.

Attend Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences events.

Seek opportunities to attend academic conferences through the department.

Think globally about your academic involvement.


Consider Learning Abroad and develop a plan with the go abroad coordinator. 

Consider the Russian field school in St. Petersburg. Contact the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures for availability (

Review your plan with the go abroad coordinator.

  • Meet with department advisor to ensure you are academically on track to study abroad
  • Know application deadlines and apply early

Prepare for departure with the go abroad coordinator.

  • Attend pre-departure orientation
  • Complete pre-departure checklist and reflection
  • Make the most of your travel experience and become an ambassador

Unpack your go abroad experience.

  • Attend go abroad debrief and participate in a reflection
  • Add international experience to your resume/CV
  • Seek more opportunities to work, volunteer and/or study abroad

Well-being is integral to long-term student success. At Memorial we offer resources designed to maintain your health and equilibrium, and promote academic success.

 If you're in Distress or Crisis reach out for help • Become aware of supports available through the MUN Safe app - it is your direct line to a safer Memorial University. If you need a doctor, go to Student Wellness and Counselling Centre • Health and Dental insurance is offered through MUNSU • Foster well-being through online and in-person supports • Open the conversation about sexual harassment • Be a money smart student - know your finances, if you are in need, emergency loans and the campus food bank are available • The Works offers scheduled fitness programs and workout facilities • Living on-campus? Check out residence life • Living off-campus? Check out the Off-Campus housing• Be safe with safedrive • Visit Wellness and Chaplaincy during exams Ÿ Still have questions? Checkout the wellness videos or talk to a counsellor. 

Dawn Corbett was born and raised in St. John’s, NL and apart from a brief 14-month stint living in Saskatchewan, she has lived in Newfoundland her entire life. She graduated from Memorial in October 2012 with a major in Russian and a sociology minor and continues to take courses for personal interest. She is currently employed as a delivery services coordinator at DELTS (Memorial’s Distance, Education, Learning & Teaching Support unit). In this position she oversees the coordination of all exams for students registered in online courses.

What would your undergraduate self think of your current job?I think that my undergrad self would be proud that now I am helping students on their path to completing their undergrad degree. I also think that my undergrad self would be surprised that I work in an office setting and I’m not travelling around the world for a living.

What was your biggest challenge when arriving at university and how did you address this?My biggest challenge when I first arrived at university was feeling like a very tiny fish in a huge pond. I grew up in St. John’s and went through K-12 with the same classmates. When I came to university and hardly saw any recognizable faces, it was very overwhelming and I questioned my presence here. Thankfully once I settled in that feeling passed. 

What resources did you use while at Memorial?While attending Memorial, individuals at CDEL helped me polish my resume and offered career advice while I was debating the path I wanted to take while I was here. The team at the Registrar’s Office were only too happy to help when I had course questions. Student Affairs and Services offered an introductory non-credit course to help students ease the transition from high school to university that I found very helpful as well!  

Did you ever meet with advisors, faculty or staff while a student?I met with a career advisor in CDEL when I was questioning the path I should take in my degree program. I questioned what I could do with an Arts degree, because at the time it wasn’t clear to me. I mean when you graduate with an engineering degree you are an engineer, when you graduate with a nursing degree, you are a nurse, but what are you with an Arts degree? The answer I received has stuck with me for 15 years. I was told that completing an Arts degree gives you versatility because there is a multitude of jobs and career paths one can follow with an Arts degree, I will never be confined to just one career path or one career, I can move around and try new things and explore areas of interest. It is perhaps the most versatile degree you can get! I also met with faculty members who were instructing the courses I was enrolled in as well as people from the Registrar’s Office when I had registration questions. 

How did your extracurricular activities (on and off campus) influence your success?In 2001 I was an orientation leader for new students starting at Memorial for the fall semester. It was very rewarding to be able to ease the concerns of some of the students who had the same overwhelmed look on their faces that I had when I first started university. It was nice to be able to “show them the ropes” and provide useful knowledge to them that I may not have known when I first started university. 

Was there an experience you had during your university years that influenced or put you on a path to your current career?I think that all of my experiences big and small, positive and negative put me on the path to my current career. I believe that all experiences help shape us to the current version of ourselves. I currently work with Distance Education, Learning & Teaching Support in the delivery services coordinator role. On a daily basis I have the opportunity to interact with students in some way shape or form and I always try to remember the lessons I have learned from my positive and negative experiences as a student so that I can ensure the students I help have a positive experience. 

Did you participate in a study abroad program?I took part in a study abroad program with the Russian department. I spent four weeks during the summer of 2000 living with a Russian family in Pushkin, Russia. We were a short distance from St. Petersburg and we spent a lot of time there, we even got to go on the museum ship Aurora. The gun of this ship fired a blank shot to indicate the attack of the Winter Palace that began the October Revolution of 1917. We also visited Moscow, Valaam and Veliky Novgorod. It was amazing to see so many of the sites we discussed in our Russian history classes. To visit Red Square and the Lenin mausoleum was an experience I will never forget. It was incredible to see someone who played such a major role in Russian history.  

What advice do you have for undergraduate students?Just breathe and try not to be overwhelmed. Each semester gets better and there is a huge Memorial community who is here to help you. Make sure that when you have a question or concern you ask for help. Memorial is a great place to attend university and I am so proud that I am an alumna of this institution. I loved it so much that I came back to work here ☺

Make sure that you are preparing for your future but do it in a way that you get to study things that genuinely interest you.

by Sophie St. Croix - BA ’09, Classics (Memorial), Juris Doctor 2013, Schulich School of Law (Dalhousie), currently an associate at Roebothan McKay Marshall (St. John's)