Russian Studies

Russian Studies: Major, Minor

Russia’s importance in the world continues to grow and evolve. To understand the richness and complexity of Russia’s thousand-year-old history and culture you need to view it from various perspectives. The Russian Studies Program courses, major, and minor are designed to be interdisciplinary — combining the study of Russia’s art and culture with its language, history, religious traditions, geography, and more.

Our vibrant curriculum will provide you with superior language training and skills in critical thinking and analytical writing, while ensuring broad literacy in Russian history, art, and culture. In addition to all levels of language study, the Russian program offers an array of literature and culture courses that focus on different centuries (early Russia, 19th century, 20th century, contemporary Russia), genres (epic and folk tale, drama, poetry, prose, film), and geographical regions (Kievan Rus, European Russia, Siberia). We encourage you to expand the breadth of your studies with Russian related courses in other disciplines such as history, economics, philosophy, and political science.

To better understand today’s Russia, you will interact with our native Russian foreign language assistant (FLA) on campus and have the opportunity to study abroad at our affiliated university in Moscow. The Russian Studies Program and the student-run Russian Club also sponsor film series, artists’ performances, speakers, and on-campus conferences that will keep you engaged in ongoing cultural, political, and economic happenings in Russia.

Program Highlights

  • The Russian Studies language curriculum uses up-to-date, innovative methods to accelerate learning
  • Literature, art, and culture courses develop 21st-century skills like critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration
  • You can study abroad on our own Holy Cross program in Moscow — the cultural, economic and political center of Russia
  • Holy Cross Russian Studies students are singled out for jobs, graduate school and fellowships 
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Study Abroad

Holy Cross faculty oversee our programs in Moscow at the Russian State University for the Humanities.

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Opportunities

Russian Studies students land exciting internships in the Washington Semester Program and produce original research.

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Courses

Our interdisciplinary courses frame Russia’s rich cultural and artistic traditions in its political, economic, and social history.

Russian Studies News

From left to right: Jeff Reppucci '14, Madeleine Fontenay '21, Helen Conroy '21 and Emily Cook '21
Holy Cross Students, Alumnus Receive Distinguished Scholarships
The prestigious Fulbright and Knight-Hennessy scholarships showcase the talent of Holy Cross students
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New Student Health Ambassadors Group Provides Peer-to-Peer Resources
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Behind-the-Scenes at The Spire: How Holy Cross’ Student Newspaper Is Keeping the Community Connected
Over the summer, Matthew Anderson ’21 was at work in his hometown of Moultonborough, New Hampshire, when his phone started buzzing nonstop. Anderson, co-editor-in-chief of Holy Cross’ student newspaper, The Spire, saw numerous messages from Spire staff members who had …