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    James Atkins '15 and Grinnell College student Arthur Richardson play a traditional Russian game during the Maslenitsa Festival in Taltsi, Russia. Learn more about study abroad.

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Russian Studies

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Box 6936
Davidson, NC 28035

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209 Ridge Road
Davidson, NC 28035

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Russian Studies

As recent tensions over Ukraine remind us, Russia remains a key focus for students seeking to become global leaders in today's interconnected world. The Russian Studies Department helps prepare future leaders for a world in which Russia plays an increasingly prominent role, by initiating them into core liberal arts values of critical thinking, engaging multiple perspectives, and mastering a major world language that is spoken by more than 250 million people around the globe.

Russian Studies also introduces students to perhaps the most universally revered cultural canon in the world, with its renowned writers, composers, dancers, directors, literary theorists, and artists: literary giants like Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Chekhov, and Akhmatova; the musical genius of Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky; the dance revolutions of Diaghilev, Vaganova, and Balanchine; the groundbreaking films of Eisenstein and Tarkovsky; the pioneering theories of Jakobson and Bakhtin; the revolutionary canvasses of Kandinsky, Chagall, Popova, and Malevich.

The U.S. State Department has designated Russian a Critical Need language, underscoring our need to engage the Russian Federation in numerous foreign policy challenges, including Ukraine, the conflict in Syria, and North Korea's nuclear program. Our graduates enter a world of opportunity in foreign policy, diplomacy, national security, energy, business, NGOs, publishing, and the arts.