As a Slavic studies major, you explore the contemporary culture, film, theater, literature and linguistics of of eastern and central Europe and Eurasia, as well as the historical relations between Slavic and non-Slavic peoples. You develop advanced-level proficiency in the Russian language through our four-year program and use use web conferencing, study away, and mobile devices to further your studies. Your global perspective and critical-thinking skills provide a solid foundation for careers in many fields, including international law, journalism, business, education, public relations, literary translation and environmental protection.

Language study

You have plenty of opportunities to use your Russian, with trips to Brighton Beach, the Russian banya (public bath) in Manhattan, and the Russian theater, opera and ballet. You can teach Russian to children at New London's Regional Multicultural Magnet School and practice at the Knowlton Dining Hall Russian table. To help you learn, we give you an iPod or iPad loaded with language-learning apps as well as Russian music videos, folk songs, Soviet-era cartoons, talk shows, films, nursery rhymes, audiobooks and newscasts. Students at the intermediate and advanced levels conduct interviews with members of local émigré communities and study emigration patterns out of Russia by engaging in global-local communities. Advanced-level students study Russian film, dissident culture, and contemporary Russian culture in the target language and through original Russian texts.

International opportunities and study abroad

Most students study in Russia during their junior year, and many complete internships or summer study in such countries as Czech Republic, Slovenia, and Russia. On campus, students partner via Skype with peers in Russia, Poland, and Bulgaria to discuss contemporary youth cultures, student activism and comparative education systems to gain global perspectives in preparation for study away.