Russian Language, Literature, and Culture
Degrees Offered: Minor, B.A.
Why Study Russian?
Known around the world for its literature, ballet, opera, theater, classical music and visual art, Russia's rich and compelling culture has long fascinated Americans, but today the knowledge of Russian also offers myriad employment opportunities both in the U.S. and in Russia.
Our students have found careers in non-governmental organizations, publishing houses, internet start-ups, law, finance, and advertising firms, as well as other businesses both here and in Russia. They go on to work as analysts, researchers, or consultants in fields such as media, marketing, chemistry, aerospace and computer engineering. Others have gone into government service, including positions in the Intelligence community, Department of State, Defense, Homeland Security and USAID.
There has never been a better time to pursue a degree in Russian. If you're already studying Russian, consider these great funding/learning opportunities:
Fulbright ETA / Fulbright Research or Open Study Awards / Gilman International Scholarships / Critical Language Scholarship Program / Boren Scholarships
Russian Placement Exam
If you have studied Russian either formally or informally, lived in a Russian-speaking country, or grown up in a Russian-speaking household, you must take a placement exam before being allowed to register for any RUS course. Click here for on-line placement exam information.
Congratulations to our Award-Winning Majors & Minors:
Andrew Ewanitz IV, Anna Meehan, Grace Sainsbury – Recipients of the Douglas Shaheen Palekh Plate Awards for Outstanding Achievement in RUS 332, Fall 2022.
Stanley Smudin – Outstanding Graduating Russian Major, Spring 2022; Fulbright-Hays Award, Study in Latvia, summer 2022.
Bronwyn Galloway – Phi Beta Kappa, 2021; Outstanding Graduating Russian Major, Spring 2021.
Cadence Christian – Gerlinde Ulm Sanford Award winner, Spring 2021.
Justin Mitchell – Phi Beta Kappa, 2021, Remembrance Scholar, 2021.
Joshua Margrey – Phi Beta Kappa, 2021.
Molly Bolan – Fulbright Teaching Award (Russia), 2019; Critical Language Scholarship (Russian), 2018.
Bronwyn Galloway – Undergraduate Research and Creative Works Grant, 2019.
Nathan Shearn – Syracuse University Scholar, 2019; Fulbright-Hays Award, Study in Siberia, 2019.
Casey Woodall – Fulbright-Hays Award, Study in Siberia, 2019.
Jade M. Rhoads – Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship, 2018; Critical Language Scholarship (Russian), 2018; Udall Scholarship, 2017.
Celia Volkwein – Outstanding Graduating Russian major, 2017;
Farrell Greenwald Brenner – Syracuse University Scholar, 2017; Fulbright Scholar Award, semi-finalist (Poland), 2017.
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Interim Chair of African American Studies, Humanities; Curriculum, Instruction, and Programs, Associate Professor, Russian and Linguistics
Professor of Russian, Russian Program Coordinator and Undergraduate Advisor