Become fluent in the Russian language and immerse yourself in the literature and cultures of the Russian-speaking world.

Spoken by 160 million people in a region of great importance on the international stage, the Russian language and culture is a field of study increasingly relevant in current times.

When you graduate with a major or minor in Russian, you will be able to converse, read and write in Russian and have a deeper understanding of the people, movements and events that have shaped Russian political and cultural history. You will study Russian literature, fine arts, music, cinema and architecture.

Most students live in the Oldenborg Center for one year and also study abroad to further develop their linguistic and cultural fluency. 

  • In class with Professor Larissa Rudova
    In class with Professor Larissa Rudova
  • In class with Professor Larissa Rudova
    In class with Professor Larissa Rudova
  • In class with Professor Larissa Rudova
    In class with Professor Larissa Rudova

What You'll Study

  • Advanced conversation, grammar and composition
  • Courses in 19th-century literature in translation
  • Courses in 20th-century literature in translation
  • Three seminars taught in Russian
  • Comprehensive exam or thesis
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Russian is the 8th most spoken language in the world.

Faculty & Teaching

Our Russian language professors are as skilled as teachers as they are as scholars. The combination of their attentiveness and expansive knowledge will give you a firm foundation in the language and culture.

Professor Konstantine Klioutchkine

Russia is at once central to the global world and strikingly exotic to Western eyes. Russian classes are typically small and interactive, exploring diverse material such as classic literary works, masterpieces of cinema, and the rapid changes in today’s Russian life. Our majors go on to careers in international relations, journalism, law, business, teaching and translation.