The goal of Hamilton's Russian Studies Program is to encourage students to investigate the rapidly changing political and economic scene in Russia and evaluate what those monumental changes mean for the rest of the world.
"A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma" is how Winston Churchill described Russia in a still-famous phrase from 1939. A half-century of Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union did little to soften that characterization in the West. But in recent years, Russia has begun to reveal itself, and Hamilton's Russian studies program is dedicated to fully unraveling the Russian mystery.
The Russian Studies Program offers coursework in the country's language, literature, history, politics, arts and religion. It provides a rigorous curriculum in thinking, speaking and writing — in both Russian and English — suited to a variety of fields and interests, from graduate study to professional training. Students in many courses read and evaluate Russian sources in translation, but majors are required to develop full proficiency in Russian through the program's extensive language courses.