Immerse yourself in Russia's rich literary, musical, artistic and cultural traditions while strengthening your critical and analytical skills.

Russian is one of the world’s most important and widely spoken languages. At Lawrence you can choose your own path with one of two majors: Russian studies or Russian language and literature.

  • Reading War and Peace... in the original Russian
  • Exploring the defining role Russia has played in culture, politics, economics and more
  • Exploring nuanced realities and concepts of time through a second language
  • A career in diplomacy or global affairs
  • Analyzing film, art and literature
  • Practicing your Russian in the streets of St. Petersburg.


Life After Lawrence

Lawrentians can enjoy careers in...

Education, business, politics and policy, NGOs, media and journalism, filmmaking, art and design, tech, medicine, banking

Recent employers include...

Northern Trust Corporation,  Enreach Education,  Apple,  Deloitte, Aon Risk Solutions, ThedaCare, Kennell and Associates Inc.

Lawrentians can earn advanced degrees in...

Russian, industrial and organizational psychology, business, global public policy, change management, demographic and social analysis, public affairs, law, history

At places like...

University of California-Irvine, University of Minnesota, Northwestern University, The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration


Develop your language skills in the cultural center of Russia

The Russian department encourages you to spend a term at Smolny College in St. Petersburg, where you'll be offered a comprehensive Russian as a Second Language program and take elective courses with Russian students.


Gain professional experience in Russia

You'll have the opportunity to pursue internship opportunities in Russia as a result of Lawrence’s connections with Appleton’s “sister city” in Russia.


Engage with our Russian community

Russian Studies provides you with enriching extracurricular activities outside the classroom. Our faculty frequently invite native Russian speakers and Lawrence students to their homes to share meals and their love of Russian language and culture.


Russian immersion weekend at Bjorklunden

With a Russian immersion weekend at Björklunden—Lawrence’s beautiful northern campus in Door County, Wis. along the Lake Michigan shoreline—you'll be able to speak Russian exclusively while engaging in Russian culture with your classmates for the weekend.

Components of the Major

  • Russian Studies major

  • Beginning Russian I & II
  • Intermediate Beginning Russian
  • Intermediate Russian I & II
  • Advanced Intermediate Russian
  • Two advanced Russian literature and culture courses
  • Two Russian history courses
  • Senior Experience
  • Russian Language & Literature major

  • Beginning Russian I & II
  • Intermediate Beginning Russian
  • Intermediate Russian I & II
  • Advanced Intermediate Russian
  • Two courses in Russian literature taught in translation
  • Two courses in Russian literature taught in the original Russian history courses
  • Senior Experience

Course descriptions and more courses

The Chandler Senior Experience

The Russian department’s Senior Experience consists of a senior-level independent study that further develops work done in another course.

The independent study is intended to help students prepare their capstone project, normally a research paper that makes use of some Russian-language source material. In addition, students will submit a portfolio in the second week of their final term. The portfolio consists of a list of courses and brief statement in which students evaluate their development as Russian majors.


Recent Senior Experiences include:


The Return to Mother Russia: An Analysis of the Authoritative Discourse of Soviet Female Veterans After the Great Patriotic War

INGO and NGO Support Systems for Internally Displaced People in Ukraine

Tsaritsyn and the Military Specialists: A Gateway to the Conflict Between Stalin and Trotsky

Words Without Meaning: Aphasia from Vygotsky to Luria

The Study and Practice of Biomechanics