The Bryn Mawr College Department of Russian offers an undergraduate program of study that has become nationally and internationally renowned. Our program in Russian language is designed to help students successfully attain an advanced level of oral proficiency in Russian by the time they graduate. In addition to language courses at all levels, students have the opportunity to take a variety of courses in Russian literature, linguistics, history, cinema, and culture; department majors concentrate in one particular area of study. The department also encourages its majors to apply their knowledge of the language to other disciplines. As a result, students regularly combine a Russian major with majors or minors in areas such as other languages, linguistics, comparative literature, economics, history, computer science, biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics.
Thanks to its distinguished and distinctive profile, the department has received grants in recent years. One is to participate in the National Flagship Consortium for Russian and Eurasian Languages and Cultures, which focuses on the advanced study of Russian. Another is from the National Security Education Program (NSEP) to develop a new-generation Advanced Placement (AP) Test in Russian Language and Culture that is proficiency-based and standards referenced.