The programme boasts a wide variety of elective courses, so our students have an opportunity to build their own individual education tracks, or choose the following specialized tracks:
- Law and Economics;
- Society and Politics;
- Foreign Policy of Russia.
Students can also study the following compulsory subjects:
- Foreign Language;
- Fundamentals of Russian Law;
- History of Russia;
- Geography of Russia;
- Russian Society;
- Population of Russia;
- Russia in the World;
- Russian Politics;
- Russian Philosophy and Socio-Political Theories;
- Russian Economy;
- Public Policy and Governance in Russia;
- Russian Art;
- Ethno-Political and State-Religion Relations in Russia;
- Russian Culture;
- Russian Literature;
- Modern Russian Language;
- Business Communication;
- Popular Culture in Contemporary Russia.
Within chosen education tracks, students can master a particular field, analyze political, economic, social and cultural processes in Russia, as well as learn about the instruments of Russian foreign policy.
The programme’s graduates often continue their education through one of HSE’s Master’s programmes (including the Russian Studies Master’s programme, which focuses on immersed specialization on issues related to Russian policy and social studies) or at other Russian universities, as well as abroad (including Russian Studies Master’s programmes and their analogues at American and European universities).
The graduates of the ‘Russian Studies’ Bachelor’s programme are unique specialists, who possess knowledge about the law and economics, foreign and domestic policy of Russia, as well as Russian culture and society. Furthermore, they can fluently speak Russian and English, easily adapt to conditions and activities of any sort, either in Russia and abroad. They can find work as scientists, analysts, experts at commercial firms or NGOs, journalists or translators, as well as start their own enterprises.
Graduates often find work in the following spheres:
- Offices of international companies operating in Russia, or the offices of Russian companies abroad;
- Russian and international media outlets;
- Russian and international companies, banks and financial firms;
- Research institutes and universities;
- Analytical and consulting firms, which are focused on Russia and Russian studies;
- Tourism and hospitality;
- Entrepreneurial ventures with an international focus.
For citizens of the Russian Federation: History, Foreign language, Russian language
For foreign citizens: on-site or online exams in English and Social Studies
For more informaiton on international admissions please visit HSE Admissions page
In the course, ‘Russian Culture’ offered by HSE's School of Cultural Studies, Professors Aleksandr Dobrokhotov and Irina Lagutina situate Russian culture through a kind of 'bifocal lens'. Students explore Russian culture both in light of its highest achievements as well as its representation in other cultures.
Valery Yumaguzin is a lecturer and researcher at the Institute of Demography (HSE), the oldest and most authoritative Russian research centre in this field. His research interests include demography and death from external causes, and he teaches ‘Socio-Economic Geography of Russia’. Valery Yumaguzin talks about the course.
We present for you some of the disciplines in the first year of study. Alexey Rakov, Associate Professor of the Department of Theoretical Economics and Senior Researcher of the Institute of Russian History, talks about his course Introduction into Russian Economy. Alexey has received ‘Best Teacher’ award for 6 years running — starting in 2013. He is also a Golden HSE winner in the University Teaching Success category (in the field of Social Sciences and Economics). Moreover, he has won a number of awards and competitions for early career researchers. Alexey's research interests include Social and Economic History, the History of Repressions, and Historical Information Science.
HSE is launching a new Bachelor's programme in Russian Studies. While the programme will be taught in English, it is intended not only for foreigners but also for Russian students. Rostislav Turovsky, the programme’s Academic Supervisor, spoke to the HSE News Service about the features of the new programme.