Class of 2016

Congratulations to all of our Russian Studies students who graduated on Sunday, May 22!

Special recognition to:

Eve Litvak, winner of the Dr. Eberhard Frey Prize for excellence in Russian Studies;

Robert Santamaria, recipient of high honors in Russian Studies and History.

2016 National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest

Five Brandeis students were distinguished with honorary mention for their National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest submissions. This year, over 1,000 students in institutions across the U.S. participated in the contest!

Congratulations to the follow Brandeis Russian language students who received this high award:

Mina Antic
Uliana Certan
Uros Randelovic
Ben Vizlakh
Breanna Vizlakh


The Russian Studies Major welcomes intellectually curious students who seek to understand the language, culture and history of Russia and the former Soviet Union. The Russian language serves as the gateway to the study of Russian literature and history. Beyond the language knowledge it offers, the curriculum takes students on an intellectual journey into Russian literature, culture and history through courses taught in English. 

A diverse selection of courses offered both within and beyond the department allows students to focus their studies on a variety of cultural, literary, social and political aspects of Russia and other post-Soviet states. The department regularly sponsors special events for Russian students, including film series, lectures, and Russian tea hours featuring Russian language conversation for students at all levels of proficiency.