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Russian Studies

An Exciting Interdisciplinary Major

Have you ever wondered why so many of the villains in Hollywood movies are Russian? Or why so many people read Tolstoy and Dostoevsky? Or what the word vodka really means?

Do you want to study in a close-knit community of students and professors that allows for guided, free-ranging interdisciplinary research projects, long-lasting friendships and mentorships, and which hosts weekly events in the Russian House?

If the answer to any of the above is yes, then look no further! Russian Studies at the College of Wooster offers such a learning community in which all of your questions about Russia and Russian will be addressed.

Through the many Russian courses offered by faculty who are committed to excellence in teaching and to promoting undergraduate research.

Explore the study of Russian language, literature, history and culture and discover new and challenging perspectives on an area of the world that has long fascinated foreigners and continues to be a significant participant in the world community.

Russian Studies is one of Wooster’s interdisciplinary majors, along with Comparative Literature, East Asian Studies, Latin American Studies, South Asian Studies, Global and International Studies, and Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. These programs allow students to develop language ability along with diverse academic and professional interests in anthropology, business, economics, history, a third language, law, literature, political science, the sciences, and sociology.

Why Russian?

Russian is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, with over 140 million native speakers, and it is considered a critical needs language by the U.S. government. Wooster students have the opportunity to take two full years of Russian language, live in the Russian House with a native Russian language assistant, and study and research abroad in Russia on a variety of summer and semester-long programs. Students of Russian are eligible for a number of scholarships to study in Russia and, with the increasingly important role Russia is playing in the global community, speakers of Russian are in high demand for a variety of different careers.

Love Dostoevsky, but have never heard of Pushkin?

The arts in Russia have long been considered among the greatest in the world, from the cosmopolitan creations of Pushkin and Tchaikovsky, to the profound philosophical and religious tracts of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, to the musical magic of Stravinsky and Balanchine, to pioneering directors like Sergei Eisenstein and Andrei Tarkovsky. At Wooster, you can learn more about these cultural giants and many others in a variety of courses that fulfill many of the College’s degree requirements. If you fall in love with all things Russian, as we have, then we offer both a major and minor in Russian Studies, which is an interdisciplinary program designed to make students proficient not just in the language, but in the history, politics, and culture, as well.

So, добро пожаловать! We look forward to seeing you in our classes!

Russian Tea/Russian Table

Professors, students, and native Russian speakers from the community meet every week for lunch and tea. At Russian Tea, students spend part of an evening singing along to music, watching Russian videos, discussing literature, films, playing games over tea and snacks. Once a week for lunch, we meet in Lowry Center to practice speaking Russian and discuss culture and Politics.