Alumni Story

Why I Chose Russian & Slavic Studies

Knowing a different language is having an entirely different prism from which you view the world.

Rick Ruth
B.A. Russian Studies 1971, M.A. Russian Studies 1973
Senior Advisor, Department of State

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Here you will find information about majoring or minoring in Russian, study abroad opportunities to Russia, faculty profiles, course descriptions, extra-curricular activities, and contact information. 

Choose Russian and Slavic Studies for the...

  • award winning teachers and advisors.
  • proficiency-based language program in Russian.
  • well-established Study Abroad programs to Russia and Kazakhstan.
  • excellence, we have the only graduate program in Russian in the regional Rocky Mountain corridor (Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Montana) and Wyoming and New Mexico.
  • diverse program in Russian literature, culture, linguistics, and language.
  • world-renowned scholars in Russian and Slavic language, literatures, cultures, and linguistics.

Degrees and programs available

  • Bachelor of Arts in Russian with two tracks: Language Intensive Track or Culture Intensive track.
  • Russian Minor
  • Master of Arts in Russian with two tracks: Language, Literature, and Linguistics (LLL) or Russian and East European Studies (REES)

News & Events

The Department of Russian and Slavic Studies is excited to announce two new study abroad programs in Moscow!    Russian Theatre and Performance Application Deadline: February 25, 2019 Program Dates: May 10-May 27, 2019  Description: Study acting and...
Mar 22
Celebrate Nauryz - a holiday from Kazakhstan that celebrates the beginning of spring. Join us as we bring in the Kazakhstani New Year! For more information contact: Alexey Shvyrkov - Dr. Liudmila Klimanova - klimanova@...
Mar 28
Join us for the following webinar: NGOs as Policy Actors and Children’s Rights Advocates: The case of child welfare reform in Kazakhstan Led by Dr. Sofiya An To register for Zoom participation, go to  
THE POWER OF THE POWERLESS: A 1968 RETROSPECTIVE Join us for the symposium “The Power of the Powerless: A 1968 Retrospective” on Nov. 2, 2018. This event brings together scholars from multiple disciplines and perspectives on the 50th anniversary of...
2019 AATSEEL–Arizona Conference The University of Arizona Department of Russian and Slavic Studies April 6, 2019 (Saturday) CALL FOR PAPERS   The Arizona Branch of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages announces...
The Department of Russian and Slavic Studies congratulates Svetlana Popovic on receiving her MA in Russian and Slavic Studies. Svetlana was hooded by Dr. Grace Fielder during the College of Humanities Ceremony on December 14, 2018.  Way to go,...
The University of Arizona ranks among the top 10 universities in the nation for producing graduates with foreign language degrees. According to a new Chronicle of Higher Education analysis of U.S. Department of Education data for the 2016-17...
Apr 4
Join us for the following webinar: Gender Issues and Women of Central Asia, led by Dr. Hélène Thibault To register for Zoom participation, go to

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