Prospective Students

Majoring in REELL can take you where you want to go!

Russian majors at Rutgers experience all of the benefits of a small liberal arts college from within a major research university: small classes, instruction and advising by award-winning faculty, individual attention, and a strong sense of community. Often beginning with no previous knowledge of Russian language, students with degrees in Russian leave Rutgers ready for a globalized world. Our students gain essential skills that accompany an education in the humanities: critical thinking, analysis, writing, and interpretation. They gain specialized knowledge of another language, culture, and history. And the great books we explore ask probing questions about the meaning of life and the world today that encourage us to live more deeply as we confront similar questions in our lives.

The unfortunate recent escalation in tensions between Russia and the West demonstrates the growing importance of Russian studies in the geopolitical arena. After Rutgers, some of our students have gone on to work in the U.S. government or have joined the Peace Corps; others have entered graduate programs in literature, creative writing, film, and international affairs.  Many are pursuing careers in fields like marketing, consulting, information technology, and law.  


Bridget MacAvoy came to Russian through an encounter with Dostoevsky: “Reading Crime and Punishment in high school sparked an interest in Russian literature, language, and culture that has been unquenchable ever since… there’s a distinctly soul-rending, philosophical (and, yes, depressing) quality to Russian literature that I find extremely fascinating.”   

Study Russian

  • Learn a beautiful, poetic, globally important language
  • Explore Russian history, politics, and culture
  • Study literary giants, and the foundations of modern theater, ballet, and art
  • Live in a spectacular city like Moscow or Saint Petersburg

The Department of REELL is part of the School of Arts and Sciences

As a Russian and East European Languages and Literatures major in the School of Arts and Sciences, you’ll have full access to a liberal arts education that spans 47 programs for undergraduates. You will acquire both the specialized knowledge of the field you choose to study in depth, and broad knowledge of the world from the renowned scholar-teachers at Rutgers. You’ll graduate ready to meet contemporary challenges in your workplace, in your hometown, and in the global community.

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