About Us

Our department explores the cultures and histories of Russia in its various historical incarnations (the tsarist empire, the Soviet Union, Russia) and Central/Eastern Europe – Bosnia, Czechia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia.  Our courses and faculty research interests focus on a wide variety of topics: Russian language, literature, film, and translation; Polish language, literature, film, and popular culture; cognition and culture; semiotics; gender and language, literature, and film; medical humanities; death studies; imperial studies, gulag studies; Islamic studies; Jewish studies in Eastern Europe; and power and politics.

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What We Do

The Kremlin and the Moscow River


We offer two majors – Russian Studies and Slavic & Eurasian Studies. We offer three minors – Russian Culture and Language, Polish Culture and Language, and Russian and East European Literatures in Translation. 

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We offer a Master’s in Russian Culture. Duke's Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies offers a Certificate in Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies.

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Language Studies

We offer courses in two Slavic and Eurasian languages – Polish and Russian. We also partner with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to offer many other language courses including Czech and Hungarian.

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Study Abroad Programs

Hermitage Museum

Duke in St. Petersburg

Semester Program: Offered in the fall and spring; an intensive study in contemporary Russian language and culture

Church in St. Petersburg

Duke in Russia

Summer Program: Six-week program offering 3 Tracks: Global Russia, Neuroscience & Multilingualism, or Russian Language & Culture

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