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At once one of the richest cultures and one of the most volatile, perplexing and powerful of the world’s emerging economies, Russia and the Newly Independent States are fast attracting the attention and involvement of a variety of professional spheres, ranging from industry and finance to law, international relations, national security and education. All of these sectors are actively recruiting graduates familiar with the Russian language and culture.

The Russian Studies Program is committed to providing its students with a thorough, well-balanced and practical proficiency in contemporary spoken and written Russian, an in the rich and diverse literary and cultural traditions that make Russia such a fascinatingly different and complex nation today. We are committed to helping students develop the critical, analytical and interpretive tools essential for successfully working and living in today’s increasingly global environment. Toward these ends, we regularly offer the UF community an array of courses conducted in both English and Russian, restricted in size, and taught by full-time faculty and native speakers who are trained to teach Russian as a foreign language and culture. Our Overseas Study Program at Moscow State University ensures that those interested in living and studying in Russia have a safe and affordable means of doing so.

If you have any questions regarding a Russian Major or Minor, please, contact Dr. Michael Gorham (, the Undergraduate Coordinator for Russian Studies at UF.

Michael S. Gorham, Ph.D.
Professor of Russian
Dept. of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
261 Dauer Hall,
Dr. Gorham’s Fall 2020 office hours are on Wednesdays from 1-3PM or by aapointment

Summer 2020 Russian Studies Course Offerings:

Fall 2020 Russian Studies Course Offerings:

  • Fall 2020 Russian Studies offerings (brochure featuring complete listings)
  • RUT 3101 Russian Masterpieces
  • RUT 3442 Themes in Russian Literature: Reading Dante in Stalin’s Russia
  • RUT 3442 Themes in Russian Literature: Russian Jews
  • RUT 3503 Violence and Terror in the Russian Experience
  • RUT 3524 Russia Through Film

Why Study Russian?

A major or minor concentration in Russian Studies prepares students for a wide variety of careers, including international law, national security, business, journalism, advertising, foreign service, tourism, teaching and educational exchange, as well as for advanced degree work in the humanities or social sciences. Completed alone, in combination with a second major, or as a minor, the concentration in Russian provides students with interpretive and analytical skills essential for performing effectively in today’s global environment. Successful completion of the program, which includes a range of courses in Russian language, literature and culture–as well as optional overseas study on the UF exchange program in Moscow–will give students the tools needed to interact with Russians, to understand Russian-language media on the level of everyday communication as well as their individual sub-specialties, and to pursue their interests in cross-cultural communication independently, beyond the walls of the classroom.

Finally, you don’t need to be a genius to study Russian. While the grammar is somewhat more challenging than Spanish, French or German for native English speakers, our teaching methods are enormously student-friendly and geared primarily toward introducing students to Russian culture and giving them the tools for interacting with it. All you need to bring is a healthy dose of curiosity and a willingness to engage. We welcome students who are mainly looking to fulfill the language requirement and generally approve an S/U option for those who are concerned about being penalized for taking the less conventional, more exotic route.