Mercyhurst University

Russian Studies Bachelor of Arts

Engage with a new point of view.

In today’s interconnected world, fluency in other languages can increase career prospects and open up other opportunities. Mercyhurst’s Russian Studies major encourages the development of strong critical thinking and communication skills through immersion in Russian language and grammar, literature, culture and history. The working relationships Mercyhurst has developed with several study abroad programs also offer students the opportunity to earn credits abroad in a variety of formats, so we encourage all of our Russian studies majors to spend some time abroad.

Entrance into the major is determined by the successful completion of the Introduction and Intermediate sequence or by the demonstration of equivalent skills on the CLEP, A.P., International Baccalaureate examinations.



Our Russian Studies program is flexible enough so that students can pursue a double major or pair it with other minors.



Mercyhurst’s Russian Studies grads work in range of fields, including government agencies, business, insurance, and international travel.



One of our highest honors is induction into Phi Sigma Iota, the international honors society for the study of foreign languages and cultures. Students are nominated in their junior or senior year and inducted at an annual spring dinner.


We asked our students to tell us in five words or less why they love Russian studies.
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Understanding and embracing Russian peoples.
Teresa Zidek '18
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Experience other cultures and languages.
Jason Sargent '14

RUSS 130 Golden Age of Russian Literature

Dive into Russian literature by studying the major works and writers of the first half of the 19th century, placing particular emphasis on the growth of Russian realism in light of the Slavic-Western debates of the time.

RUSS 350 History and Development of the Russian Orthodox Church

While addressing the current role of the Church in Russia and predicting its role in the future, students in this course will examine the history, dogmatic teachings, and liturgical practices of the Russian Orthodox Church as it developed in Russia.


Service Learning

Work with native speakers in Erie’s immigrant community allows you to practice the language through service learning opportunities without having to stray far from campus.

Study Abroad

Put your skills to the test by studying abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia, and experiencing the language, culture and history firsthand.

Prestigious Awards

Our Russian Studies students train to become experts in their field, giving them the opportunity to win prestigious academic awards like the Boren or Marshall scholarships.

Meet the Faculty

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Douglas Boudreau
Douglas Boudreau, Ph.D.
Chair, Associate Professor of French
Alice Edwards, Ph.D.
Professor of Spanish
Janelle Newman, Ph.D.
Karen Williams, Ph.D.
Professor of Spanish
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Kathryn Duda
Kathryn Duda
Instructor of Russian Studies
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Meng Wang
Meng Wang
Instructor of Asian Studies