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Russia cannot be understood through reason,
Its breadth cannot be measured in feet
It has a character all its own –
In Russia you can only believe.  
 Fedor Tiutchev (1803-1873)  



Russia's political and cultural history is intriguing, the riches of its vast land is immeasurable, and the character of its people complex. The unfathomable nature of Russia, as poet Fedor Tiutchev said, should be approached not with intellect but with faith.

Here at Holy Cross, the Russian Program combines the two ~ a love of Russian culture and a vibrant academic program ~ to prepare students for exciting careers and advanced degrees. At the same time, the program cultivates an appreciation for the importance and beauty of the Russian literature, language, and culture.

The Russian Program offers both a Major and a Minor. Student may choose among classes in Russian language, culture, literature, drama, and film. Russian related courses in other fields such as political science and history are also counted toward the major. Students may also study at the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow on our 6-week summer program or for a semester or academic year.