Russian Studies

Bachelor of Arts

Russian written on a chalkboard

Major in Russian, a language the U.S. State Department deems "critical," and gain a decisive edge for career success in law, journalism, international affairs and public and government services.

Explore the language of some of the greatest literature in the world, the most impactful events in history and the current crisis in the region that is reshaping the established world order.

Bucknell offers four levels of Russian language study, along with courses in Russian literature, culture, history, film, politics and elementary Ukrainian. Join the Russian Club and develop your conversational skills at our weekly Russian Table. Enrich your classwork through immersive study abroad. You'll graduate prepared for jobs in the private or the public sector, advanced studies, teaching and more.

Language Placement Exam

Whether you intend to continue a language you studied in high school or wish to explore a new one, an online placement test is required to enroll in language courses. Your exam score and academic record will inform the final placement decision. We recommend that all students with past language experience take the placement test as early as possible. First-year students will be automatically directed to the exam during course registration. Sophomores, juniors and seniors should contact the academic department prior to course registration.

Language placement exam

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Find your path to Russian studies at Bucknell

Susie Williams stands on the Quad

I love that learning Russian is like solving a puzzle. You have to make sure that every part of the sentence has the right puzzle piece and fits together.

Susie Williams '23, a Russian studies and literary studies double-major who earned a Boren Award scholarship to spend eight months in Kazakhstan studying Russian


Study Abroad

Moscow Russia Building

Spend a Semester in Russia

Russian Studies students are encouraged to practice what they learn in class by studying abroad for a semester (usually during their junior year) or over the summer. At present, studying in the Russian Federation is impossible due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Recent students have studied Russian in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and the Baltic countries, and we also work with programs in the Caucasus. In the last few years, our students received or were finalists for prestigious scholarships, including the Fulbright Program, Project GO, the Critical Languages Scholarship Program, and the Boren Awards, which funds study abroad for U.S. undergraduates in world regions critical to U.S. interests.

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