Russian is classified by the U.S. State Department as a "critical language," meaning language proficiency remains a politically relevant skill and an in-demand field of expertise among employers. Understanding Russia’s changing role on the world stage also demands in-depth knowledge of its rich literary and cultural heritage.
Dickinson’s Russian program is designed to prepare students to meet contemporary challenges in any profession. Our curriculum combines intensive language training with a wide variety of interdisciplinary courses taught in both Russian and English. A Russian major or minor is often paired with business, international studies, environmental science, security studies and other foreign languages. Our alumni have successful careers in banking, education, government, law, science and the art world, to name a few.
What Makes Dickinson's Program Stand Out?
- Intensive Russian for all levels, from beginners to heritage speakers
- Career-focused courses such as Professional Translation and Russian for Intelligence Careers
- National leader in Fulbright fellowships and other competitive scholarships
- One of few colleges that maintains its own study-abroad center in Russia, so that students’ education can be tailored to their needs and interests
- The Russian House: an on-campus residence option that encourages community and collaboration among students of all levels
- Opportunities to conduct internships in Russia