Advising Appointment Update

In alignment with the campus directives regarding the precautions surrounding COVID-19, the Languages and Literatures academic advising offices are now physically closed.  Our Advisors remain available and will be offering academic advising appointments to students through zoom, phone call, or email.  Once you have scheduled your appointment in the online appointment system, your advisor will reach out to you via email with instructions on how to connect with them using zoom, phone call, or email. Resource FAQ for Students

German & Russian: Departmental Statement on Events of January 6, 2021

As scholars of two countries/cultures that have had extensive and tragic experiences with dictatorship, we want to decry in the strongest terms the events of January 6 at the U.S. Capitol. The U.S. President’s incitement and encouragement of an attack on the US Congress is a gross violation of the separation of powers, and checks and balances, at the heart of our democratic system. Read More...

About the Program

The Russian Program at UC Davis is student-focused and provides small classes for a strong program that introduces students (heritage speakers and beginning Russian language learners) to the language, literature and culture. Russian is one of the major world languages and is spoken by over 250 million people. While Russia, also called the Russian Federation, is the world's largest country, Russian is also spoken in other nearby countries, and there is a large Russian-American population (approximately 3 million people). As a result, learning Russian can be a valuable asset for a variety of careers.

We offer both a Major and a Minor in Russian, as well as, opportunities for internships and study abroad through related programs.

Why study in Russian? Find out in Russian (PDF).


Our program is distinguished by a variety of language and literature courses, such as:

  • Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced Russian
  • Russian Literary Translation, Composition, and Advanced Conversation
  • 19th and 20th Century Russian Prose and Poetry
  • Post-Soviet Literature and Culture
  • Russian Film and Russian Theater
  • Courses on Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov
  • Women in Russian Culture
  • Jews in Russian Literature and Culture

Study Abroad

The Program highly encourages students to take advantage the different programs offered by UC Davis Education Abroad Center. Students who have completed one or two years of Russian language study can participate abroad programs in Moscow. Many of our students also participate in summer, semester, and year-long programs sponsored by CIEE and ACTR in St. Petersburg and Moscow. If taken the appropriate steps, students are eligible to receive unit credit for these study-abroad courses.