Alumni Story

Why I Chose Russian & Slavic Studies

Knowing a different language is having an entirely different prism from which you view the world.

Rick Ruth
B.A. Russian Studies 1971, M.A. Russian Studies 1973
Senior Advisor, Department of State

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Here you will find information about majoring or minoring in Russian, study abroad opportunities to Russia, faculty profiles, course descriptions, extra-curricular activities, and contact information. 

Choose Russian and Slavic Studies for the...

  • award winning teachers and advisors.
  • proficiency-based language program in Russian.
  • well-established Study Abroad programs to Russia and Kazakhstan.
  • excellence, we have the only graduate program in Russian in the regional Rocky Mountain corridor (Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Montana) and Wyoming and New Mexico.
  • diverse program in Russian literature, culture, linguistics, and language.
  • world-renowned scholars in Russian and Slavic language, literatures, cultures, and linguistics.

Degrees and programs available

  • Bachelor of Arts in Russian with two tracks: Language Intensive Track or Culture Intensive track.
  • Russian Minor
  • Master of Arts in Russian with two tracks: Language, Literature, and Linguistics (LLL) or Russian and East European Studies (REES)

News & Events

Call for Applications: Diversity Initiative in Russian and Slavic Studies Application Deadline: September 5, 2019   The Department of Russian and Slavic Studies invites applications from current UA undergraduates majoring or minoring in Russian to...
The AATSEEL - AZ Conference was held at University of Arizona April 3-4, 2019. With over thirty attendees from around the state, the conference was bustling with ideas! Many thanks to Dr. Liudmila Klimanova for organizing the event, as well as the...
This spring Natalia Sletova, a RSSS MA Program graduate, had an opportunity to share her native language and culture with middle and high schoolers during New Subject Exploration Days at the Gregory School in Tucson. This unique opportunity became...
Nov 1
Dana Vandersip, Make-A-Wish Foundation 10AM @ UA Student Union, Kiva Room 1303 E. University Blvd. What can a better tomorrow bring? Zayden, 7, heart condition, wished to go to Saturn and meet aliens. Avery, 3, cancer, wished to celebrate her...
Thirty students from Tucson's Academy of Math and Science (AMS) got a chance to put their Russian to use during their visit to UA on April 11, 2019. The middle schoolers visited the Department of Russian and Slavic Studies to take part in the campus...
Students in two popular College of Humanities courses invite the campus to explore myths and what it means to be human. Three figures – the zombie, the vampire and the werewolf – have captivated the human imagination for centuries. These creatures...
The Department of Russian and Slavic Studies is pleased to congratulate Valentina Vinokurova (MA student in RSS) for receiving the 2019 COH Outstanding GAT Award! Congratulations, Valentina! 
Oct 18
Philip Ewell, Hunter College 6PM @ UA Poetry Center 1508 E. Helen St. The spoken word has always held a special place in the hearts of Russians, from Alexander Pushkin’s revolutionary writings through generations of Russian playwrights, librettists...
Thee Department of Russian and Slavic Studies congratulates Daria Loginova for receiving the Bronze Medal (Category C, Level 3) in the ACTR National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest.  Congratulations, Daria!  
Professor Lucey (Russian and Slavic Studies) was awarded the 2019 Fisher Fellowship to participate in this year's Summer Research Lab (SRL) at Illinois University. As the 2019 Fisher Fellow, Dr. Lucey presented her research on the representation of...

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