Students learn to speak, listen, read, and write in Russian; study Russian music, art, customs, literature, and cuisine; and develop their abilities to think comparatively and internationally.

Majors choose from such upper-level offerings as Advanced Russian, Russian Civilization, Russian Literature, Composition and Conversation, Tolstoy in English, and Dostoevsky in English. Cultural functions and conversation hours take place in the Russian House, a stately, historic, stone-faced dwelling where several Russian-language students live with a native Russian speaker.


February 20, 2018
Students gathered on the afternoon of March 4 to celebrate one of the oldest Slavic holidays in the backyard of the Russian House. The spring holiday, Maslenitsa, involves burning winter in effigy and making and eating excessive amounts of blinis/pancakes/crepes (with all possible condiments). And of course, many people were speaking Russian!
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Sewanee Students Using Russian in their Careers
February 14, 2018
Sarah Lillibridge, a Sewanee grad who majored in Russian, will be in Sewanee over Presidents' Day weekend. This Friday 2/16 at 2:00 she will meet with our students and talk about study abroad, her Fulbright year, and her work with the National Endowment for Democracy (including her work monitoring the social media feeds of various notorious characters). There will be a conversation over tea and snacks to begin at 2 p.m. in Gailor 224. On Saturday 2/17, a current student, Summer Menefee, will also have a morning conversation at 10:00am in Gailor 224 about her ongoing internship at the State Department, her meetings with Russian, Chinese, and Taiwanese diplomats, the challenges of going to diplomatic parties, etc. and why more Sewanee students should consider internships with the State Department!
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Open Mic Night at the Russian House
January 31, 2018
The Russian House is hosting Open Mic Night this Thursday, February 1st at 7 pm. We have tea from the Russian samovar and some good food.
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