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The Russian Program compares myth and reality in the American imagination of Russia, from the Russian Revolution to the Putin years.

Russia is a country of vast spaces and mysterious paradoxes. It is a land of great artists, writers and thinkers who have contributed to world intellectual heritage and their contemporaries who proudly continue their legacy in the cultural and social arena. Russia is also home to prominent scientists, political activists, and incredible athletes. The rich and turbulent history of the country has left its imprint on Russia’s remarkable architecture and art, as well as the mentality of the Russian people.

Russian is among the high priority languages for various federal agencies: the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of State have all included Russian on their list of the most critically needed languages. The place of Russia and Russian in the Eurasian geographical and cultural context has been, and continues to be, of central interest to the major political powers in the world.

FLL offers a Major (first or second) and a Minor in Russian. This degree emphasizes language proficiency and in-depth understanding of Russian culture and literature. The Russian major also prepares students for careers in such diverse areas as government service, business, education, translation, and health services. Our students had received prestigious scholarships from the Fulbright Commission and the State Department, which allowed them to pursue their studies in Russia and gain first-hand experience of the language and the culture.

Many of our students had gone on to graduate school in a wide variety of areas, including Translation and Interpretation, Criminology, Statistics, History, Speech and Hearing, Public Administration, MBA, Economics, Nuclear Engineering, and Medical School.

Undergraduate Advisor - Irina Meier

Check out the University Catalog for Russian!