Selecting Courses

The Department of Russian and Eurasian Studies offers courses in Russian ranging from the elementary level (for students with no knowledge of Russian) through advanced-level courses in Russian language and culture.  Students can also take courses in Russian Literature, taught in English. For placement in Russian language courses, the department reviews the course selection of each entering student, taking into consideration her school and AP records together with her answers to a questionnaire and the results of her online placement exam.  You may find more information about the related major and minors in the department by consulting the Russian and Eurasian Studies section of the Bulletin and Course Catalog.

Fall 2019 Courses

First-Year Students


A student coming to Mount Holyoke with no background in Russian language should enroll in Russian 101-102, a yearlong introduction to Russian language and culture. Students who have previously studied Russian and plan to elect Russian language should consult with the department for individual placement.

In addition to RES 101–102, recommended courses for first-year study include:

  • RES 210f, Great Books: Literature of 19th Century Russia
  • RES 240f,  Contemporary Russian Politics

Courses on Russian literature and culture may be used to satisfy the distribution requirement in the humanities—arts, language, and literature.

Courses on Russian history and politics satisfy distribution requirements either in the humanities (IB) or social sciences (III-A).

The Russian and Eurasian Studies Department at Mount Holyoke is a five-college department and courses can be also taken through the Amherst College Russian DepartmentSmith College Russian DepartmentUMass Program in Slavic and East European Studies. Detailed information on course selection and placement can also be found in the Russian and Eurasian Studies chapter of the catalog. Other courses can be found in the Five College Course Guide