Program Overview


Program Type: Major, Minor
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Department: Russian Language, Literature and Culture

Students who pursue the major course of study in the Department of Russian Language, Literature, and Culture will explore Russia’s extraordinarily rich literary and cultural terrain; develop linguistic and cultural competence in a beautiful, expressive language; and become engaged and effective thinkers and writers.

Why Study Russian at Oberlin?

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Study Away Programs in Russia
Russia House
Students recite original and favorite Russian poems during Russian Poetry Night. Photo credit: Courtesy of Russian Department

Russian House

Students who want to practice and improve their Russian speaking skills may want to consider living in Allencroft. Also known as Russian House, it can comfortably accommodate 15 students. Here you and your housemates might cook a meal, read poetry, debate current issues, or watch movies—mostly in Russian.

Sample Courses

  • RUSS 101 - Elementary Russian 4 credits
  • RUSS 221 - Love in a Cold Climate: Literature and Desire in Nineteenth-Century Russia 4 credits
  • RUSS 305 - Advanced Russian: Cross-cultural Communication I 4 credits
  • RUSS 411 - Special Topics 4 credits

Russian Faculty

Explore Faculty within Russian

“One of the really wonderful things about being a professor is that every year you have the chance to meet and get to know lots of interesting new people—your students!”

Thomas (Tom) Newlin, Professor of Russian
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