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Open Doors with Russian Studies


You always hear students say, “Oh, Russian?  No way! That’s too hard!”  But it’s easier than you think! The alphabet looks daunting, but is easily conquerable.  And we only have three verb tenses. What better news is there than that? And when you visit Russia you'll find that the warm, generous people will love you even if you only know a little bit of their language.

Students of the Russian studies program will not only work with the beautiful language but will also have the opportunity through a variety of courses to learn about this unique, fascinating culture and its long history. They do this through Russia's world-renowned literature and through other media such as film, the Internet, political essays and the arts. A working knowledge of Russian can help you in countless fields from government service, politics, economics, international business, the fuel industries, art history and even music, dance, ice skating and hockey.


  • Oral and Written Communication
  • Advanced Grammar
  • Social Issues in Literature
  • Politics and Literature
  • Literature and Language as Expression of Distinct Cultures
  • Great Authors and Themes
  • Business
  • Cinema


  • Education
  • Travel, Tourism and Hospitality
  • Translation and Interpretation
  • Diplomacy
  • Business and Industry
  • Law Enforcement and National Security
  • The Arts


  • Literature/Linguistics Education
  • Hospitality Management
  • Translation and Interpretation
  • International Relations/Public Policy
  • Masters of Business Administration
  • Criminal Justice

What’s special about this program?

Russian studies at the University of Delaware affords students an opportunity to set themselves apart. It opens doors in the international arena that cannot be opened by other languages. A focus on the essential skills of speaking and writing drives all of our courses. Study abroad is also highly encouraged to further skills learned in the classroom. Though it takes longer to reach the same point as it does in the study of a Romance language, Russian studies students will graduate with a functional knowledge of the language and culture that will guide them to their next destination in world politics, business or any field that touches the great land mass of Russian-speaking peoples.

Get Involved

Russian Club

Dobro Slovo National Slavic Honor Society

Study abroad opportunities available through ACTR/ACCELS, CIEE, SRAS, KEI and more

Sample curriculum


Seminar in Composition



Contemporary Mathematics or higher




Beginning Russian



Beginning/Intermediate Russian




First Year Experience

University Breadth Courses



Elective Courses



Intermediate Russian



Russian Grammar Review



Russian Reading and Composition



University Breadth Course



Elective Courses


  Discovery Learning Experience

Topics in Russian and Soviet Culture



Advanced Conversation



Introduction to Russian Literature I



Elective Courses



Second Writing Course


  University Breadth Course

Introduction to Russian Literature II



Russian Civilization and Culture



Advanced Grammar and Composition



Seminar on specific Russian author or genre



University Breadth Courses


  Elective Courses

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