Russian Studies Majors and Minor at Davidson

Our department offers two distinct majors, Russian Studies and Russian Languages and Literature. We also offer a Russian Studies minor. 

Unlike larger departments, we support our majors through the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.

Coursework provides language instruction at all levels, as well as a broad, interdisciplinary range of courses surveying Russian culture, literature, history, and politics.  After consulting with Prof. Ewington, students should apply directly through the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.

Courses You Might Take

RUS 420

War &Peace: Tolstoy (in trans)


This course is devoted to Tolstoy's masterpiece, War & Peace, interspersed with critical and theoretical readings. We will discuss everything from genre to historiography to the text's surprising relevance in the age of Trump. War & Peace is…

RUS 319

Adv Russian to Contemp Cult


The course will be focused on online blogs, computer games, and social networks in Russia and the post-Soviet space as a unique cultural phenomenon with its own history, conventions, and impact on society. We will begin by considering…

RUS 101

Elementary Russian I


For beginners. No previous knowledge of Russian required or expected. This course develops students' basic skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing Russian. We begin with the Cyrillic alphabet and fundamental sounds and structures of Russian. As the semester progresses, students learn to communicate about culture, geography, and…