Why Study Russian Language & Literature at New College?

Available as either a stand-alone major or as part of a joint disciplinary area of concentration, our Russian AOC features both the challenging curriculum and individualized attention from faculty that you would expect from one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges. Through small classes and seminars, individual and group tutorials, and independent study projects (ISPs), you will have the chance to explore Russian language, literature and culture in depth with native speaking faculty and others who are experts in the field.

Courses and seminars offered on a regular basis include language instruction from the elementary to the advanced level and a reasonably wide range of topics in 19th and 20th century Russian literature, including monograph courses on Dostoevsky, Nabokov and other world-famous authors, and surveys, such as “Russian Short Stories in Translation” and “Russian Realism.” In fact, because of our faculty’s strength in the area, literature is typically a major academic component of any Russian AOC. Recent small group tutorials and ISPs include “Readings in Gulag Literature,” “Gogol and the Visual Arts,” “Russian Word Formation” and “A Film Adaptation of Nabokov’s Invitation to a Beheading.”

To foster greater cross-cultural understanding, students who choose to pursue Russian as a stand-alone major are encouraged to pursue a semester abroad through one of the many available programs of language and cultural study in Russia or through off-campus study at another institution.




[Did you know?]

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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