Undergraduate Certificate Program Advanced Proficiency in Russian

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Advanced Proficiency in Russian Certificate Overview

The Russian Flagship Program at Portland State University is an innovative undergraduate Russian language program that allows you to major in any discipline while also achieving professional levels of proficiency in Russian.

Funded by The Language Flagship, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, PSU's program is one of only six programs in the U.S. Through coursework, one-on-one tutoring, internships, and extensive study abroad opportunities in the Russian-speaking world, you'll gain marketable skills and be prepared for exciting careers that use critical language skills in a globalized world.

Our Flagship alumni have gone on to careers in U.S.-Russian relations, federal and state government, political science, international journalism, international ethics, physics and space exploration, language psychology, and teaching English as a second language.

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Advanced Proficiency in Russian Certificate: Why PSU?

PSU's Russian Flagship Program has an Introductory Track for students with little or no prior experience in Russian and an Advanced Track for students who already read, write, and speak Russian well enough to participate in discussion.

In our program, you'll enjoy small classes taught by our expert faculty, mentoring and advising, and opportunities to work one-on-one with a Russian-speaking conversation partner.

Regardless of which track you choose, you'll take advanced Russian language courses, classes on contemporary Russian literature and culture, and a series of "Russian across the curriculum" courses developed in partnership with PSU's award-winning general education program, University Studies. Topics include globalization, American and European Studies, environmental sustainability, and Russian in the Major, a sequence where you'll learn the professional discourse of your major and present on research you've conducted in Russian.

As part of the program, you'll spend a year at the Russian Overseas Flagship Center in Almaty, Kazakhstan, where you'll be able to immerse yourself in life abroad through coursework, internships, homestays, and interactions with native Russian speakers.

The program culminates with a senior Capstone conducted in Russian. Past projects have included a Russian history journal, profiles of Russian Americans, creative writing about Russia, interviews and research, performances of Russian drama, and documenting immigrant experiences.

What Can I Do With a Certificate for Advanced Proficiency in Russian?

You'll graduate with a double major in Russian and the major of your choice, as well as receive a Certificate of Advanced Proficiency in Russian to show you've achieved Superior (professional) proficiency in Russian.

Many of our graduates find jobs working in U.S. national security, diplomacy, and homeland security, as well as media, business, non-profit social services and education. Others have joined the Peace Corps or decided to pursue graduate studies in international relations, history, law, politics, or Russian and Eastern European studies.

Featured Courses

  • RUS 414 Advanced Russian Grammar
  • RUS 325 Russian Phonetics and Phonology
  • RUS 421 Topics in Contemporary Russian Culture


  • RUS 457 Flagship Studies: Russian in the Major
  • RUS 446 Flagship Studies: Globalization
  • RUS 427 Topics in Russian Literature of the 19th Century


Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).