Russian is both an official language of the UN and one of the world’s most commonly spoken languages. It has been designated a “critical language” by the U.S. government, and has been identified as a repository language for world knowledge. Russian is widely used across much of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, and is appearing increasingly in major cities in Western Europe and the U.S. Russian is the language of some of the world’s greatest writers, composers, artists, performers, and scientists.
Contrary to popular belief, Russian is not difficult to learn—Rhodes Russian students and graduates provide living proof of that fact. They enjoy a variety of interdisciplinary courses (some taught in English translation) in Russian language, literature, culture, music, religious philosophy, and linguistics. Approximately 60% of Rhodes graduates with a Russian Studies major or minor attend top graduate schools in a discipline related to Russian. In recent years Rhodes Russian Studies graduates have earned advanced degrees in Russian language and literature, International Studies, Slavic folklore, Business, Physics, and Law.
Rhodes offers a Russian Studies major and minor and Russian Studies – IS bridge major. Students can participate in the Maymester in St. Petersburg, Russia (mid-May – mid-June of every year), Semester and Year Study-Abroad at Novgorod State University (Novgorod) and the Smolny Institute (St. Petersburg), the Rhodes Chapter of the National Slavic Honor Society (Dobro Slovo), and the Russian Club.