The Bryn Mawr College Department of Russian, established in 1943, offers an undergraduate program of study that has become nationally and internationally renowned. The department awards the A.B. degree in Russian, and, formally, the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Second Language Acquisition in Russian. The department also supports the Russian Language Institute (RLI), which offers summer intensive Russian language courses at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. 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, meanwhile, 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, political science, international relations, economics, history, computer science, biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics.
Thanks to its distinguished and distinctive profile, the department has received various prestigious grants in recent years, in particular one from the Department of Defense to participate in The Language Flagship, which focuses on the advanced study of Russian.