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Students of Russian at UVM pursue courses in Russian language, literature, and culture over four years of campus study. UVM's German and Russian Department boasts an outstanding teaching reputation and a dedication to scholarship, as measured by numerous publications and teaching awards.

Areas of faculty expertise include Russian phonology and lexicology; Russian news media; 19th and 20th century Russian literature; specialized courses on Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Gogol, Pasternak, Bulgakov, Nabokov, and Solzhenitsyn, as well as more general 19th- and 20th-century survey courses.


*Upcoming changes to Requirements for the B.A. with Major in Russian (2021-2022 catalogue)*

  • Thirty-three to thirty-five credits total, including: 27-29 credits in Russian at the intermediate level (RUSS 51/52) or higher.
  • 3 credits in WLIT 118: Russian Literature in Translation.
  • 3 credits in electives from the Russian and East European Studies Program.

Major requirements

Beyond the classroom

A major benefit of studying German or Russian is the opportunity of studying for a year or a semester in another country and culture. Many of our students gain a tremendous amount of linguistic, cultural and personal growth by studying in Russia for a year or a semester.


  • Editing and Publishing
  • Translating
  • Business
  • Travel & Tourisn

Where alumni work

  • Moscow Stock Exchange
  • Ernst and Young Accounting, Moscow
  • Moscow Times
  • NBC News, Moscow
  • U.S. Information Agency
  • New York Times Week in Review
  • US Customs/Homeland Security
  • Institute for Defense Analysis

Graduate Schools

  • European University of St. Petersburg
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Vermont College of Fine Arts
  • University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee
  • Duke University
  • Harvard University
  • Monterey Institute of International Studies
  • Washington University, ST. Louis, Missouri
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison

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Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the BA with major in Russian degree, students will be able to:

  •  Demonstrate proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing across the three modes of communication (interpersonal, interpretative, and presentational);
  •  Identify and evaluate principal works, authors, genres, and movements in Russian language, literature, and culture;
  • Synthesize and showcase knowledge of Russian literary texts and other forms of cultural media in their social, historical, and political contexts through close reading, textual analysis, research;
  •  Demonstrate transcultural competence and international/global perspective.