1. Skip to navigation
  2. Skip to content
  3. Skip to sidebar
white gif

Russian Language, Literature, and Culture


Why Study Russian?

With an area of roughly 6,592,000 square miles, the Russian Federation is the world’s biggest country, nearly twice the size of China and more than 1.5 times the size of the United States. Russian is the first language of nearly 140 million citizens of Russia and remains the lingua franca of the former Soviet Republics, including much of Central Asia. It is one of the six offical languages of the United Nations. 


Known around the world for its literature, ballet, opera, theater, classical music and visual art, Russia's rich and enigmatic 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 Federal Government offers a Critical Language Scholarship Program to fund the intensive study of critical need languages like Russian.


Our students have found careers in non-governmental organizations, publishing houses, law and advertising firms, internet start-ups, and other businesses both here and in Russia. They go on to work as analysts or consultants in fields such as media, marketing, chemistry, aerospace and computer engineering. Others become teachers or government employees. Moreover, the break up of the Soviet Union produced a large wave of immigrants to this country who require health care professionals, lawyers, social workers, teachers, and other professionals who know Russian.


There has never been a better time to pursue a degree in Russian.


Congratulations to Samantha Costello '13, receipient of a Fulbright Award in Kazakhstan. Other former Russian majors who have recieved Fulbrights include Stephen Barton '12 (Russia) and Anna Shwedel '10 (Kazakhstan).



An excerpt from President Obama's 2009 speech at the New Economic School in Moscow: "I speak to you today with deep respect for Russia's timeless heritage. Russian writers have helped us understand the complexity of the human experience, and recognize eternal truths. Russian painters, composers, and dancers have introduced us to new forms of beauty. Russian scientists have cured disease, sought new frontiers of progress,and helped us go to space. These are contributions that are not contained by Russia's borders, as vast as those borders are. Indeed, Russia's heritage has touched every corner of the world, and speaks to the humanity that we share. That includes my own country, which has been blessed with Russian immigrants for decades; we've been enriched by Russian culture, and enhanced by Russian cooperation."


Russian Picture 1

Congratulations to Hannah Williams, our Outstanding Russian Major for 2014!

Russian Picture 2

Tyler Mills received our Outstanding Russian Major Award for 2013.

Russian Picture 3

Doug Carpenter, SU '97, returns to campus to lecture Russian/IR majors and poses here with Dean Greenberg.


Russian Picture 4

Kizhi Island in Lake Onega during the SU Alumni Trip to Russia, 2005

Russian Picture 5

Russian Majors: Alfonso, Stephen, & Lauren at a Polish Restaurant

Russian Picture 6

Prof. Haber on a research trip to Tomsk, Siberia in Summer 2012