UM's Russian program offers a Russian Major and Minor, as well as the interdisciplinary Russian Studies Minor, and a number of General Education courses. The Russian Section offers a strong language program, with the possibility of up to five years of language study. UM students of Russian traditionally place exceptionally well in ACTR's annual national essay contest and have been awarded the State Department's Critical Language Scholarship and Fulbright Grant. In addition to language classes, the program offers a wide array of culture classes. We have a general introductory Russian culture course, literature and film courses in translation, and a seminar that serves as a capstone course and solidifies students' writing skills in English.
The program is small and personal. There are two professors of Russian on faculty and a native speaker is invited each year through the Fulbright Program to teach a section of the first-year language course. UM has an active Russian Club that hosts a weekly conversation table and monthly cultural evenings. In addition, Russian Club arranges peer study sessions. Faculty members participate in Russian Club, as well, and students have ample opportunity to get to know their professors. Students are highly encouraged to experience Russia, either through UM's three-week faculty-led study abroad program or through semester- and year-long programs.
Many students of Russian here at UM pursue double majors in such disciplines as history, political science, English literature, journalism, anthropology, and art. The Russian faculty is happy to advise students on pairing majors and minors, on opportunities for study abroad, and on post-graduation plans. With a degree in Russian from UM, many students have gone on to law school, to graduate programs in Slavic, or to teach English in Russia.