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 & Requirements

Courses You Might Take

POL 348

Pol of Russia and East Europe


Comparative analysis of the political systems, political economies, and the post-communist trajectories of Russia and other former communist countries in Europe.

Satisfies a requirement in the Russian Studies major and minor.
Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought requirement.
Counts toward the International Studies Interdisciplinary Minor.


RUS 284

Cinema aftr Commusm(in transl)


On December 26, 1991, the USSR ceased to exist. However, one day was hardly enough to make the former Soviet citizens forget nearly a century of communism. Now, over twenty-five years after the collapse of Soviet Union, this cultural memory continues to inform the cinematic tradition in Russia and the former Eastern Bloc. The course offers close, contextualized, analysis of major films from this region made between the early 1990s and the present. We will examine the films in terms of their formal structures and their reception, in relation to the collapse of communism, its cultural and historical legacies, and in light of recent political changes in Russia and Eastern Europe more broadly. The course focuses on Russian, German, Polish, Romanian, and Ukrainian cinema and investigates the works of such filmmakers as Aleksei Balabanov, Kira Muratova, Aleksandr Sokurov, Valeria Gai Germanika, Sergei Loznitsa, Andreas Dresen, Pawel Pawlikowski, and Cristian Mungiu.  Taught in English, films with English subtitles.

Satisfies a requirement in Film and Media Studies Interdisciplinary Minor.

Satisfies the Visual and Permforming Arts requirement

Satisfies the Cultural Diversity Requirement.


RUS 102

Elementary Russian II


This semester students complete the introduction to the Russian case system, while continuing to develop basic skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing about everyday Russian culture, including hobbies, shopping, restaurants, university life, holidays, and vacations. Thanks to a "flipped classroom" model (with the professor's grammar lectures online), RUS 102 devotes class time to engaging interactive activities. The course requires work with audio, video, and computer exercises as well as participation in twice weekly AT sessions with a native speaker assistant.



RUS 101 or placement. (Spring)