Russian Language & Literature

Whether in literature, music, science, economics or international affairs, it is difficult to overstate the importance of Russia, the world’s largest country in terms of geography. From Dostoevsky to Nabokov, Tchaikovsky to Shostakovich, Pavlov to Mendeleev, and Bakunin to Gorbachev, Russian culture and politics transformed world history throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, and this seminal influence continues today.

Whether chosen as a stand-alone major, combined with another discipline as a “slash” area of concentration, or taken simply as a foreign language option, our Russian Language and Literature AOC will introduce you to the rich culture and history that this country of 280 million people have to offer.

This small but intellectually challenging program offers both Russian language courses from beginning to advanced for those who want to gain mastery of this important Indo-European language, and literature courses taught in English translation, accessible to non-majors. Small group and individual tutorials on a variety of Russian and Slavic topics supplement our formalized course offerings.

In recent years, students within our program, as well as those who were simply studying Russian as part of their overall New College curriculum, have won a number of major national and international fellowships, including two Fulbright Scholarships, a Kremlin Fellowship and two Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships. Common career paths among our graduates in the program include foreign service, education, translation and law.


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As part of the State University System of Florida, New College of Florida is one of the few public liberal arts and sciences honors colleges in the United States. We’re known for our record number of Fulbright Scholars (more per capita than Harvard, Stanford or Yale) and for the high rate of our students going on to graduate school. We offer an individualized, thought-provoking and challenging academic experience. What does that mean? Hands-on research conducted side by side with your professors. Small, intimate classes. Detailed narrative evaluations from your professors. Independent study required to graduate. All in a stunning location right on the water in Sarasota, Florida.

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Six students received Fulbright awards for study and research in Germany, Taiwan, the Czech Republic and Sweden in 2013, and four were awarded in 2012. A record eight students received Fulbrights in the previous year for Namibia, Russia, Taiwan, Turkey, Germany, Mexico and Malaysia.

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