GRALL Open House

Tuesday, September 2
12 - 2 p.m.
Shiffman Lawn
(Rain location: DuBois Lounge, Rabb 119)

Stop by our department-wide Open House for food and conversation with representatives from the GRALL programs (German Studies, Russian Studies, Chinese Language, and Japanese Language). All students, both new and returning, are encouraged to attend. International desserts will be served!

Russian Placement Test

The placement test for Russian will take place on Friday, August 29, from 2 - 5 p.m. in Shiffman 201.

Who should take the placement test?

Students who grew up speaking Russian at home and feel that they can write fairly well in the language, and non-heritage students who have studied Russian before coming to Brandeis. For more specific information, please contact Professor Dubinina.

2014 Prizewinners and Award Recipients

Congratulations to all 2013-14 prizewinners and award recipients! Please visit our News page for details.


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.