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Value of a Minor

Are you interested in enhancing your studies with a minor? In addition to major areas of study, UTSA offers a variety of programs that provide valuable contributions to students' academic careers. While pursuing an undergraduate minor, students have the opportunity to explore personal interests and passions outside of their major program or complement their current major, helping them further stand out in the job market.
Saint Petersburg, Russia

Why Pursue a Minor in Russian

Adding a minor in Russian is a great way to enhance your degree or to pursue your passion for the language. With over 260 million speakers world-wide, developing communication and critical thinking skills in Russian will be useful across various fields. This program is open to students in all majors at UTSA, from Global Affairs and Political Science to Computer Science and Cyber Security. A minor in Russian can improve a student’s marketability for future careers in diplomacy, intelligence, or working with other federal agencies.

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What You'll Study

Students will become proficient in all four language skills – speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Aside from classroom learning, UTSA’s Russian Club holds bi-weekly meetings where members connect with other learners and delve into the rich language and culture of Russia.

The Minor in Russian welcomes students of all skill levels, ranging from beginners to heritage speakers. Learn more about your coursework options below!

Adding a Minor

Though not required, declaring a minor is an excellent way to enhance your major area of study. A minor typically consists of 6 courses (18 semester credit hours), and may have additional requirements depending on the minor selected. After being admitted to UTSA and registered for classes, students can meet with their assigned academic advisor to discuss the addition of a minor to their degree plan.

Please note, students can add a minor as long as they have earned less than 75 credit hours. However, the addition of a minor may or may not delay graduation. All requirements for the minor must be met at graduation; a minor cannot be added to a student’s degree program once they graduate. Students should meet with their assigned academic advisor to understand the impacts of adding a minor to their degree plan.


Students with no background in Russian should start with Elementary Russian I, which can count toward the Language, Philosophy, and Culture Core Requirements. Students pursuing the Minor in Russian are able to count the following courses toward the minor:

  • Intermediate Russian I
  • Intermediate Russian II

Students will also complete 12 credit hours of additional Russian or Russian-related courses, 9 of which should be at the 3000 level or above. If you are taking our first year Elementary Russian I and II, Elementary II will count in this section. For further details, view the Undergraduate Catalog.

Program Advisor

Andrew Chapman, PhD