As a Slavic studies major, you explore the environmental policy, film, theater, literature and linguistics of the contemporary cultures of eastern and central Europe and Eurasia. You also study 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 Skype, study away and iPods 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, publishing, 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 music videos, folk songs, Soviet-era cartoons, talk shows, films, nursery rhymes, audiobooks and newscasts. On campus, you may be paired with a student from the St. Petersburg School of Economic for language practice and cultural exchange.

International opportunities and study abroad

Most students study in Russia their junior year. You can also intern abroad to gain professional experience and further improve your language skills.