McGill's Major in Russian will give you a foundation in Russian language, literature, and culture from the 19th century to the present. This program offers a balance of instruction in the Russian language. You will read selected texts in their original language and explore Russian language and culture through translated texts.  

The Minor in Russian will give you a basic working knowledge of Russian and the tools to explore Russian life and culture. 

Russian studies are highly relevant to the organization of human society, comparative literature, and linguistics. You may be particularly drawn to Russian studies as a Canadian student due to similarities in geography, climate, industrial and economic growth. 


Learning about different cultures helps to broaden your perspective and can make you a great facilitator in the workplace. Knowing how to speak multiple languages is an incredibly useful skill that can also strengthen your career prospects, too.  

The skills and knowledge you acquire in this program will prove beneficial in all kinds of work settings. You might also choose to study Russian language and culture at the graduate level. 

You could become a professional: 

  • Translator  
  • Language teacher  
  • Diplomat   
  • Researcher 

Ready to apply?

For this program, you'll need to apply to the Faculty of Arts.

See the full eligibility information for more information about deadlines and required documents for your application.

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