Why study Russian Studies at Dal?

Be part of the oldest Russian Studies program in Canada

Celebrate Russian culture all year round. From performances and food at our wildly popular Russian Night, to our Russian choir, poetry readings, guest speakers and film and cooking clubs, you'll find a way to connect to the Russian language both inside and outside the classroom language.

Degree overview

Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Arts, BA
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Department of Russian Studies
Campus: Studley Campus, Halifax
Program Length: 4 years
Program Start: September & January

What will I learn?

When you take Russian Studies at Dalhousie, you'll get a thorough grasp of Russian grammar and a practical competence in speaking, reading and writing. Courses in culture and civilization introduce you to the art, architecture, music and religious faiths of the Russian people. You'll also take literature courses, which are offered in both English and Russian. 

Russian Studies combines the latest in technology with a traditionally intensive, comprehensive, and personalized approach to learning the Russian language. Small class sizes create the congenial atmosphere of a close-knit community.

Sample courses:

  • Russian Society Today
  • 19th Century Russian Prose & Poetry
  • Elementary Russian I

Visit the Academic Calendar to view degree options and course details.

Careers and future study

For those interested in international businessm, knowledge of the Russian language is an enormous asset. Russia is an important and fast-growing trade partner with Canada. This means national and multinational oil, gas, mining and financial services companies, as well as governmental agencies and media organizations need Canadians with Russian language skills. You could start a career as any of the following upon graduation:

  • translator
  • interpreter
  • diplomat

Graduate studies programs require fluency in Russian. Advanced students who spend one or more semesters in Russia through our intensive language program at the Saint Petersburg State University are best prepared to apply for graduate programs at the master's or doctorate level in Russian Studies.

Admission requirements

Undergraduate admission requirements vary based on your previous education and your intended program of study at Dalhousie. Learn about our admissions requirements, book a campus tour, or connect with an advisor if you have questions about your eligibility for admission.

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