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

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...
Dr. Helena Goscilo (Ohio State University), visited University of Arizona on March 14-15 to give our Russian and Slavic Studies Art and Culture Lecture “Graphic Imperatives in Soviet Sport.” In addition, Professor Goscilo conducted the workshop “...
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...
Collaborative digital humanities project unites UA Russian and French classes with students in Canada and Kazakhstan An examination of life near international borders yields the expected divisions between countries and languages, but also evidence...
The University of Arizona ranks among the top 10 universities in the nation for producing graduates with foreign language degrees. According to a new Chronicle of Higher Education analysis of U.S. Department of Education data for the 2016-17...
Students from Dr. Anastasiia Gordiienko's RSSS 305: Russian and American Foodways took part in an Iron Chef competition on April 13, 2019. The students worked in groups of three to prepare traditional Russian cuisine, including borscht, piroshki,...
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! 
Congratulations to Sarah Erickson for receiving a Fulbright ETA Award! Sarah completed her BA in Russian and Slavic Studies at the UA and is currently finishing her MA degree in the department. We are so proud of her amazing accomplishment! 
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...
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...

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Svetlana Popovic
B.A.
Russian
2016
B.A.
Journalism
2016
Rick Ruth
B.A.
Russian Studies
1971
M.A.
Russian Studies
1973
Dana Vandersip
B.A.
Russian
1988