Russian Studies

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?

An Exciting Interdisciplinary Major

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 Wooster offers such a learning community in which all of your questions about Russia and Russian will be addressed. 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.

Our faculty are committed to excellence in teaching and fostering close relationships through undergraduate research. They offer several Russian courses, which allow students to explore many different aspects of Russian Language and culture.

Why Russian?

Russian is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world and it is considered a critical needs language by the U.S. government. Read more.

Russian Living-Learning at Wooster

Take advantage of the opportunity to live in a close-knit community of students to experience language and cultural immersion. Read more about Russian Living-Learning.

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!


The department hosts lectures, round-table discussions, and even a Russian language competition for undergraduates across Ohio! Read more about Russian department events.