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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 Fully Funded Scholarships to Russia, May 2020   Application Deadline: December 20, 2019   The University of Arizona Department of Russian and Slavic Studies invites...
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...
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...
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:...
Dear College of Humanities Students, Despite the ever-changing challenges posed by the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the College of Humanities remains focused on two priorities for students: your health and your academic progress toward...
Jahnavi Akella, a double major in Russian Studies and Political Science, was named the 2020 Recipient of The ACTR Post-Secondary Russian Scholar Laureate Award for the University of Arizona! The American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR) Post-...
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...

Alumni News & Directory

Our Russian majors have gone on to exciting careers around the world in a wide variety of industries. See what you can do with your degree.
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