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Зачем изучать русский язык? Because Russian is the language of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, Chekhov and Tchaikovsky, Kandinsky and Eisenstein.

Russian is spoken as a primary language by some 164 million people and as a secondary language by 114 million people.  It is also the lingua franca in most republics of the former Soviet Union and much of Eastern Europe. As one of the five official languages of the UN, Russian is also on the US government’s list of “strategic” languages, due to a shortage of US specialists in the language and geographic area. Russian is a valuable language to learn, and a fascinating culture to study.

The Russian program at Lewis & Clark College offers a Russian minor and coursework for the Foreign Languages major, in which Russian can be a primary or secondary language. Russian language courses are offered at all levels. You’ll also find courses on Russian literature and culture—students with no knowledge of Russian can study the works of Pushkin, Gogol, and Turgenev, while advanced students will find challenging courses to increase their fluency.

And while the coursework is varied and engaging, nothing beats the chance to go abroad and experience the language and culture up close and personally. We strongly encourage students to pursue study abroad opportunities offered by Lewis & Clark in Saint Petersburg (often called Russia’s most European city) or Vladivostok (the Russian Far East)—the chance to learn a new culture firsthand is an amazing opportunity that shouldn’t be missed.

Recent News and Events

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    News posted--June 25, 2014
    A small group of Lewis & Clark students of Russian and their professor are working on an oral history project about Russian-speaking immigration in Oregon.
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    Event--September 25
    Information Session for the 2015-2016 Overseas Programs:

    Students interested in applying to the 2015-2016 Overseas Programs are encouraged to attend this information session. The program will begin with an overview of the online application process followed by an opportunity to meet with the 2015/16 faculty programs leaders and departmental representatives for all programs offered that year.
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    News posted--June 23, 2014
    Ian Blair, “15, Religious Studies major and Russian Studies minor, spent the 2014 spring semester on the Lewis & Clark Overseas program in Vladivostok, Russia.
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    News posted--March 28, 2014
    This course introduces students to Russian fairy tales and their influenceon Russian literature, painting, music, opera, ballet, posters and film.
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    News posted--February 28, 2014
    Sarah Mills, a student of Russian, receives a Critical Language Scholarship which will support her summer study in  Russia summer 2014.

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Contact Us

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    Russian Program is located in Miller Center on the Undergraduate Campus.

    voice 503-768-7420 fax 503-768-7434

    Russian Section Head Tatiana Osipovich

    Russian Program

    • Russian ProgramLewis & Clark0615 S.W. Palatine Hill RoadMSC 30PortlandOR97219