Russian Studies
Offered by the Russian and Russian Studies department.

Russia, the largest country in the world, naturally offers much to explore, from arts and architecture to the economy and environment. The Russian studies major at Wheaton gives you a chance to explore this nation’s history and culture without an advanced language requirement. Our active and adventurous students engage campus in many ways, including Russian Table, a shared meal and conversation, and the colorful folk costume project. Many of our majors experience the culture firsthand by spending a semester in Russia or a Russian-speaking country.

For students interested in Russian in general, we offer two tracks, Russian Studies (a major and a minor, listed below), but also Russian Language and Literature.




100% of Russian Studies majors from the past five years have found employment or achieved a service opportunity within six months of graduation *

of Russian Studies majors

Recent Graduates

Sample first jobs

  • Product Marketing Manager, Leanplum
  • Teacher, Primrose Bilingual Preschool
  • Technical Support, Olympus IMS
  • Tutor, Vested Academics

*outcomes data is based on a knowledge rate of 62% for the classes of 2014-2018


Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus

Professor of Religion; Henrietta Jennings Faculty Chair for Outstanding Teaching (2020-2025); Program Coordinator, Jewish Studies; Network for LGBTQ+ Inclusion, Support, and Advocacy committee member

Anni Cecil

Professor of History; Henrietta Jennings Faculty Chair for Outstanding Teaching (2015-2020)

Tom Dolack

Professor of the Practice of Russian

Francoise Rosset

Associate Professor of Russian; Chair of Russian Department; Women's & Gender Studies Program Coordinator; Global Literary Studies Program Co-coordinator

Brenda Wyss

Professor of Economics; Coordinator of Development Studies