As of 2020, this site is no longer being updated.  Please go to the new Russian Department page.

Students learn to speak, listen, read, and write in Russian; study Russian music, art, customs, literature, and cuisine; and develop their abilities to think comparatively and internationally.

Majors choose from such upper-level offerings as Advanced Russian, Russian Civilization, Russian Literature, Composition and Conversation, Tolstoy in English, and Dostoevsky in English. Cultural functions and conversation hours take place in the Russian House, a stately, historic, stone-faced dwelling where several Russian-language students live with a native Russian speaker.


Family Weekend at the Russian House
September 26, 2019
The Russian House welcomed more than 50 guests at their Open House over Family Weekend, September 21, 2019. Russian House head resident, Nessie Kurganova prepared bliny for the students, faculty and their families.
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Foreign Language Yoga Classes at the Language Resource Center
August 12, 2019
Yoga classes will be every Friday afternoon in the Language Resource Center, Gailor 225. Students will have a low-stress kinesthetic language learning experience. Classes will be led by students or professors or simply following one of the many Youtube videos of yoga classes in a wide variety of languages. Please check with your professor to see if attending these classes can be used for culture points. Read more to find out when classes will be offered in YOUR language!
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Sewanee Summer in St. Petersburg
August 6, 2019
Dr. Mark Preslar took a group of Sewanee students to spend the summer in St. Petersburg. Students took courses during the days and went on excursions to Moscow, Novgorod, and other areas of Russia. They visited humble peasant architecture and the most ornate imperial palaces. They ate traditional foods, went to the ballet, and had bonfires on the beach.
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