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.

Upcoming Events

<August 2015>
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa


Dr. Skomp's Latest Book is Published
August 12, 2015
Dr. Elizabeth Skomp's book "Ludmila Ulitskaya and the Art of Tolerance" written in conjunction with Benjamin M. Sutcliffe was published in June of 2015 by the University of Wisconsin Press.
Read more
Linda Kleinfeld places in National Russian Essay Contest
May 26, 2015
Congratulations to Linda Kleinfeld, winner of a silver medal in the National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest. Linda competed at the highest level in her category. In this year's contest, there were 1,087 essays submitted from 68 universities, colleges, and institutions across the nation. Three judges read each essay and independently ranked them. Only the top 6% of participants received gold, silver, or bronze medals.
Read more
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.
Read more