Students learn to speak, listen, read, and write in Russian; study Russian music, art, customs, literature, and cuisine; and develop their abilities to think comparatively and internationally.

Majors choose from such upper-level offerings as Advanced Russian, Russian Civilization, Russian Literature, Composition and Conversation, Tolstoy in English, and Dostoevsky in English. Cultural functions and conversation hours take place in the Russian House, a stately, historic, stone-faced dwelling where several Russian-language students live with a native Russian speaker.

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Lock-In at the Russian House
April 16, 2015
Last Friday, the Russian Club hosted its first ever biannual lock-in at the Russian House. Attendees conversed, ate pizza and played games after making a pact to only speak Russian for the night. The event was a success! There were only a few instances when English was used and it was for clarification as the rules of a game were being explained. Students played Durak and a game called Who Am I? where each student was given a piece of paper with a Russian word on it and they had to ask questions to figure out their word. After a positive response, the Russian Club hopes to host one of these lock-ins at least once a semester to encourage higher level Russian students to use their language in a more relaxed setting.
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Dana Huffer Earns Fulbright Grant
April 14, 2015
Congratulations to Russian major Dana Huffer, recipient of a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant grant to Russia. Fulbright participants are chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential and are given the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. The Fulbright Student Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, operates in more than 155 countries worldwide, with alumni that include heads of state, cabinet ministers, ambassadors, judges, heads of corporations, university presidents, journalists, artists, professors, and teachers.
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Russian Department welcomes Dr. Yuliya Ladygina
March 25, 2015
We are excited to announce that Dr. Yuliya Ladygina will be joining us this fall as Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian. Dr. Ladygina holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Slavic Studies from the University of California-San Diego. She is presently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian at Williams College and a Research Associate at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute."
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