Russian, and East European Languages and Literatures

Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Gogol, Babel, Akhmatova, Lem. Read these classic writers in English, then learn Russian or Polish to read the original! Study Russian and East European cultures in their historical, social, and global contexts in courses like “Russia Between Empire & Nation,” “Russian and East European Science Fiction,” "Russia's Wars," and “Gender and Sexuality in Russian Literature.” Enter into dialogue with Russian,Ukrainian, and Polish cultures —a dialogue that is more important than ever at this complicated time in history. Our program is small and nurturing; our faculty members combine scholarly expertise with pedagogical excellence. We offer logistical and financial support to students interested in studying abroad. Sign up for one of our fall language or literature courses, or get in touch with us to learn more!


 First Semester Planning

We recommend that students register for approximately 15 credits each semester and no more than 16 credits in their first semester. Your schedule should be well-balanced and include coursework from a variety of subjects. A diverse schedule will help you begin your studies in potential majors and minors; explore a breadth of new knowledge across departments at Rutgers to meet SAS Core Curriculum learning goals; and survey broader academic interests through elective courses as you work to attain the required 120 degree credits for graduation.

Your schedule will look something like this: 

Expository Writing or English course per placement results (3 credits)

Major Exploration course (3-4 credits)

Major or Minor Exploration course (3-4 credits)

Course beyond main academic interest, such as SAS Core or elective course (3 credits)

Course beyond main academic interest, such as SAS Core or elective course (3 credits)

 Byrne or First-Year Interest Group Seminar (FIGS) (1 credit) 

 Total Credits: 15-16