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Russian

Russia’s importance in the world continues to grow and Holy Cross students are taking advantage of all that Russian studies offers. The Russian program is small, but vibrant — the only one of its kind in central Massachusetts. The Russian program’s varied courses, extra-curricular offerings and study abroad opportunities prepare students for exciting careers, advanced degrees and a lifetime of thoughtful curiosity through this fascinating field of studies.

The Russian program combines students’ interest in Russia with a vibrant curriculum, which develops students’ speaking skills, critical thinking and analytical writing skills, while ensuring broad literacy in Russian history and culture. In addition to all levels of language study, the Russian program offers a wide array of literature and culture courses in different centuries (early Russia, 19th century, 20th century, contemporary Russia), genres (epic and folk tale, drama, poetry, prose, film), and geographical focus (Kievan Rus, European Russia, Siberia). Students may expand the breadth of their studies through Russian related courses in other disciplines such as history, economics, philosophy and political science.

To better understand today’s Russia, students interact with our native Russian foreign language assistants on campus and often study abroad in Moscow. The Russian program also sponsors film screening, artists’ performances and lectures that keep students informed about ongoing cultural, political and economic developments in Russia.

Program Highlights

  • The Russian language curriculum uses fresh, innovative methods to accelerate learning
  • Literature, art and culture courses develop students’ critical thinking, reading and writing skills
  • Students study abroad in Moscow — the cultural, economic and political center of Russia
  • Holy Cross Russian students are singled out for jobs, graduate school and fellowships

Russian News

Professor Explores 300 Years of Russian Artistic Imagination in New Book

May 31, 2017

What does commedia dell’arte, a form of theatre born in Italy in the mid-16th century, have to do with Russian cultural history? In “Vagabonding Masks: The Italian Commedia dell’Arte in the Russian Artistic Imagination” (Academic Studies Press, 2017), Olga Partan, …

Holy Cross Academic Conference 2017 to Showcase Student Work

Apr 21, 2017

As the academic year nears its end, more than 350 students will present the results of their independent work in the performing and visual arts, social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences at the 2017 Academic Conference, taking place across campus …