Russian Language Courses

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures offers a full spectrum of courses on the Russian language, from those for the complete beginner to the advanced student.   Our offerings make use of the cutting edge technology in the newly-refurbished Language Center and effective, enthusiastic, personalized instruction.  Our program is oriented towards teaching conversational Russian; groups are small and students receive maximum individual attention. Courses are enriched by a wide variety of extra-curricular events, including festivals of Russian film and animation, Russian Teas, and Russian Club events.



Note: all courses are 4 units.

Lower division:

SLL 120      Beginning Russian I
SLL 150      Beginning Russian II
SLL 220      Intermediate Russia I
SLL 250      Intermediate Russian II

Upper division:

SLL 310      Advanced Russian in Popular Culture
SLL 321      Russian Culture, or
SLL 330g    Russian Thought and Civilization
SLL 340      Intercultural Communication in Russian
SLL 465      Seminar in Russian Studies


Placement Tests

For information regarding placement tests to satisfy language requirements, please call the Testing Bureau at (213) 740-7166.

For information about placement and placement tests for intermediate-level Russian and above, contact our language coordinator, Dr. Tatiana Akishina, at (213) 740-2735, or email her at:


All Levels are Welcome!

Beginners and heritage speakers who know Russian from home are all welcome to study Russian at USC. We have courses for all levels and placemet tests to establish your level.


Our undergraduate students become involved with Russian language and culture through our film screenings and Russian tables where we eat Russian food and speak informally. We also offer classes on Russian art, film, and culture to suplement your new language skills.

  • Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
  • University of Southern California
  • College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
  • Taper Hall 255
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-4353