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

HIS 226

Soviet Repression & Liberation


This course looks at the promises, failures, hopes and disappointments of the Soviet project through the lens of minority groups. What appeal did the communist ideology have to marginalized populations, both in the Soviet Union and across international…

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…

RUS 293

The Ballets Russes (in transl)


Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes was a dynamic enterprise that defined multiple artistic trends and movements in the early twentieth century. The troupe and those associated with it changed over the course of its twenty-year existence (1909 -1929), but…