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Open Letter to Slavic community at UCD regarding Ukraine

Dear Slavic community at UCD,

The Russian Program at UCD stands with you in condemning Russia’s illegal and immoral attack on Ukraine. We offer our heartfelt sympathies to those of you who have familial and other ties to Ukraine. As a native of Ukraine myself, I am profoundly and personally affected by the horrific images we have all seen on our screens in the last days.

Valeriia Mutc to Join Russian Program as an Assistant Professor of Russian in Fall 2024

 Valeriia Mutc (Ph.D., Slavic Languages and Literatures, Yale University) will join the Russian Program as an Assistant Professor of Russian in fall 2024. She is a scholar of nineteenth-century literature, theater, and the history of science and technology. In her first book project, The Dramatic Turn: Science, Theater, and Russian Literature, she examines how theater became the optimal medium for Russian writers to respond to the challenges and promises of industrial and technological modernity.

Alumni Spotlight: Marina Shatskikh, '18

Meet Marina Shatskikh ('18), a third-year medical student and former UC Davis Russian major! Marina started her Russian degree for personal reasons, but is now using it in her clinical rotations to help Ukrainian refugees in Ireland receive proper medical care.


What was your major? Why did you choose it?

I got my B.S. in pharmaceutical chemistry to pursue a career in medicine, and my B.A. in Russian to develop my native Russian and engage with the Slavic community on campus and in the greater Sacramento community.

‘Navalny’ Documentary Screening, Expert Discussion Open to the Public

by Maria Sestito | February 22, 2024

In response to Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s recent death, Navalny, a documentary focused on his 2020 poisoning and life thereafter, will be screened at 1002 Cruess Hall at UC Davis on Feb. 26 at 5:30 p.m. The screening is free and open to the public. No registration is necessary.

The film, which was released in 2022, won last year’s Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

What can I do with a Russian degree?

What Can I Do With a Russian Degree?

by R.J. Praker
January 16, 2024

If asked for the most important advice I could give, that which I considered to be the most useful to the men of our century, I should simply say: in the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.” 

The above is a quote from Leo Tolstoy. Tolstoy was one of Russia’s — and the world’s — greatest novelists. His words are a timely reminder even centuries later. We often become too wrapped up in our work to notice the world around us. 

What Can I Do with My Major? The Languages and Literatures Edition

What Can I Do with My Major? The Languages and Literatures Edition

Watch our recorded presentation from the Internship and Career Center of career exploration and planning while enjoying your major and courses in Languages and Literatures!  See how our humanities majors give you transferable, technical and personal traits to help you in your future career!

UC Davis Rises to 6th Among Nation’s Top Public Universities

U.S. News Rankings Highlight Social Mobility Campus Provides

by Julia Ann Easley | September 17, 2023

The University of California, Davis, rose to tie for sixth place among the nation’s top public universities in rankings published today (Sept. 17) by U.S. News & World Report.

The 2024 Best Colleges rankings moved UC Davis up four places from last year among public universities and up 10 places to tie for No. 28 among all national universities.

Virtual Drop-In Advising Hours

Virtual Drop-In Advising We offer virtual drop-in advising three days each week Mondays 10:00 - 12:00 Wednesdays 10:00-12:00 Thursdays 1:00 - 3:00

Welcome to Fall 2023!  Sproul hall and the undergrad advising team are looking forward to the new academic year and welcoming you back.  Please use the below link to make an advising appointment or see the flyer for our virtual front desk (drop-in) advising.

Join us at the Russian Program Fall Welcome!

Please join us as we celebrate the new academic year!

Russian Program Fall Welcome
Friday, October 14th
Olson 53A

Featuring presentations from students who recently studied Russian abroad in Batumi, Georgia.

Light Refreshments will be served.