Welcome to the Russian Department webpage. As one of the central tenets of a Dickinson College education is global engagement, the Russian Department offers unique opportunities for its students to become globally engaged with one of the world's most widely spoken languages.
The Russian Department at Dickinson provides its students a wide range of courses, from elementary to advanced Russian, as well as courses in Russian literature, culture, theater and cinema. Recent course titles include Russia and the West, Russian and East European Film, Tolstoy in the 21st Century, and Russia Today. Each course presents extensive insight into Russian language, culture and history. The Russian major curriculum is designed to prepare students to meet the challenges of the contemporary world, while still preserving the traditional emphasis on language and literature. Dickinson students often combine Russian major with International Studies, History and International Business and Management.
Russian majors and minors have an opportunity to study abroad for one or two semesters in Moscow. The Dickinson-sponsored program is designed to provide not only linguistic and cultural immersion, but also numerous opportunities for internships and research. Dickinson in Moscow is affiliated with the Russian State University for the Humanities, one of the most prestigious and innovative universities in Russia. The Dickinson in Moscow program offers its students a multitude of resources by which to maximize their abroad experience.
Russian department alumni have successful careers in business, government, law and academia. Many work for international organizations and companies; many live abroad – in Russia, England, China and Germany. A large percentage of Russian alumni go on to graduate schools. Seven recent Russian department graduates have been honored prestigious Fulbright Research Scholarships to Russia and former Soviet republics. These alumni have reported that the Russian major, with its dedicated professors and the versatility of its studies, helped them to achieve their professional goals.
Russian Department is a small and closely tied community of students and faculty who are passionate about Russia and Russian culture. Students are encouraged to attend the weekly Russian table and Russian film series, as well as to participate in field trips to New York City, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. to experience Russian music, theatre and art. Students can also participate in the Russian Club and attend guest lectures. The Russian Department also offers a Special Interest Housing Community so that scholars may live amongst their department peers along with a native-speaking Teacher Assistant.
Throughout this site, you will hear the voices of former and current department students sharing their personal experience with Russian language and Russia.
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