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

Jan 29
Ready to celebrate the start of a new semester? Join us for our annual Welcome Back Get-Together! Catch up with friends and faculty while grabbing a bite to eat.   
Congratulations to the College of Humanities’ Outstanding Senior for Fall 2019, Frances Lee-Forbes!  Lee-Forbes is graduating with a double major in Russian and Linguistics, 3.95 GPA. She has studied abroad thrice, has been a member of the Russian...
The Department is excited to welcome its biggest cohort of MA graduate students! Welcome to our new eight MA graduate students:   Andrew Bedoy, Mikhail Berlin, Maria Donahoe, Anna Fomchenko Buchanan, Kevin Larger, Conor Ryan, Ian Severson, and Assem...
Dana Vandersip, a 1988 graduate of the UA’s Russian department who went onto a prominent career in philanthropy, is the College of Humanities 2019 Alumna of the Year. The Russian courses and other Humanities classes taught Vandersip the sort of...
University of Arizona students from underrepresented backgrounds majoring in Russian and Slavic Studies joined peers from Howard University and the University of Puerto Rico in Washington, D.C. as part of a multifaceted effort to increase diversity...
Professor Colleen Lucey (Russian and Slavic Studies) was awarded the Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS) Honorable Mention for best article in Slavic women's and gender studies for her recent publication, "Fallen but Charming Creatures:...
The 10th annual Tucson Humanities Festival features 10 events offering thought-provoking lectures, panels, readings and films by faculty and special guests, including poet and author Sandra Cisneros.   As new ideas develop and new technologies...
The Department of Russian and Slavic Studies is grateful to Sarah Erickson (BA Russian and Slavic Studies 2016, MA Russian and Slavic Studies 2019) for sending us an exciting update from her Fulbright trip to Russia. Read more about Sarah's...
Call for Applications: Diversity Initiative in Russian and Slavic Studies Fully Funded Scholarships to Russia, May 2020   Application Deadline: December 20, 2019   The University of Arizona Department of Russian and Slavic Studies invites...
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...

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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