Arts and Sciences in Action: Get Ready for a Globalized World

Russian majors at Rutgers experience all of the benefits of a small liberal arts college from within a major research university: small classes, instruction and advising by award-winning faculty, individual attention, and a strong sense of community. Often beginning with no previous knowledge of Russian language, students with degrees in Russian leave Rutgers ready for a globalized world. Our students gain essential skills that accompany an education in the humanities: critical thinking, analysis, writing, and interpretation. They gain specialized knowledge of another language, culture, and history. And the great books we explore ask probing questions about the meaning of life and the world today that encourage us to live more deeply as we confront similar questions in our lives.

The unfortunate recent escalation in tensions between Russia and the West demonstrates the growing importance of Russian studies in the geopolitical arena. After Rutgers, some of our students have gone on to work in the U.S. government or have joined the Peace Corps; others have entered graduate programs in literature, creative writing, film, and international affairs.  Many are pursuing careers in fields like marketing, consulting, information technology, and law.




"I’ve read Crime and Punishment, the classic novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky, three or four times now, and I’m always on the edge of my seat. You get deeply embedded in the mind of the character and you just have to turn the page."

Class of 2018

Study Russian


Learn a beautiful, poetic, globally important language
Explore Russian history, politics, and culture
Study literary giants, and the foundations of modern theater, ballet, and art
Live in a spectacular city like Moscow or Saint Petersburg


The Department of Russian and East European Languages and Literatures is part of the School of Arts and Sciences

As a Russian and East European Languages and Literatures major in the School of Arts and Sciences, you’ll have full access to a liberal arts education that spans 47 programs for undergraduates. You will acquire both the specialized knowledge of the field you choose to study in depth, and broad knowledge of the world from the renowned scholar-teachers at Rutgers. You’ll graduate ready to meet contemporary challenges in your workplace, in your hometown, and in the global community.

Visit Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences Website
Old Queens Gate Detail