Russian Language Program

Welcome to the Russian Language Program

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“I admire the beauty of the Russian language: every sound is a gift, a pearl and sometimes the definition is even more beautiful than the thing defined.” –N.V. Gogol, 1847

Russian is spoken by 138 million people in the Russian Federation, and it extends beyond the borders of the country. Even after the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991, the total number of Russian users is almost 268 million. In Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan, Russian is a second official language, and it is the working language of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), one of four languages in the Antarctic Treaty Secretariat (ATS), one of the six languages of the United Nations and of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Moreover, Russian is a major language of world literature.

The Russian component of our department consists of our language and literature courses. We offer a full four-year range of Russian language courses and a number of Russian literature and culture courses with a focus on the most important authors of the last two hundred years. Students interested in our program can choose to minor in Russian. Alumni with our minor are accepted into many graduate programs. Typically, our students aim for academic careers and choose programs in Russian, Comparative Literature, or Modern European Studies. Other career choices for our graduates include journalism, politics, government jobs, as well as careers in broadcasting, translation, or international agencies.

Why study Russian (flyer)

Please visit our courses page to view current course descriptions.

Russian Program Faculty

Dr. Bozena Karwowska

Dr. Katherine Bowers

Dr. Veta Chitnev

Dariya (Dasha) Prykhodko, Russian Undergraduate Advisor