Jan 30, 2023  
Course Catalog 2022-2023 
Course Catalog 2022-2023

Russian Language, Literature and Culture

Thomas Newlin, Professor, Chair
Vladimir Ivantsov, Visiting Assistant Professor 
Anna Lordan, Visiting Assistant Professor
Maia Solovieva, Lecturer, Faculty-in-Residence

Visit the department webpage for up-to-date information on department faculty, visiting lecturers and special events.

The Department of Russian Language, Literature, and Culture offers a wide range of distinctive courses, both in Russian and in translation, for majors and non-majors alike. The study of Russian culture is extended beyond the classroom through a host of Russian-related events on campus.

Through our multi-year sequence of language courses students can gain extensive training in speaking, reading, and writing Russian, and develop a working understanding of Russian culture. We place a strong emphasis on building functional communicative skills so that students acquire the linguistic and cultural tools necessary to live, study, and do research in Russia. Classes are regularly divided into small conversation groups to promote greater oral proficiency.

Our interdisciplinary course offerings in literature, cinema, and culture (both in Russian and in translation) enable students to investigate significant works and periods in a way that hones their critical skills. Students especially interested in the interconnections between culture, history, and politics should consider the Russian and East European Studies Program.

 See information about Research, Internships, Study Away, and Experiential Learning (RISE).


Incoming students with previous training in Russian should take the Placement Test to determine the level at which they should continue.  Students beginning at Oberlin can enroll in Russian 101 during the fall semester or take the Winter Term Intensive Beginning Russian course. Participation in a study abroad program is highly recommended, as is residency in Russian House.


Created in 1998 through support from the Clowes Fund and a private donation, the Oberlin Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies promotes greater awareness of the region at Oberlin community. OCREECAS sponsors a variety of internship opportunities in Russian, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia and seeks to enhance the Oberlin curriculum through on-campus residencies and lectures by visiting scholars and artists.

Explore Winter Term projects and opportunities.

Majors and Minors