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Russian Area Studies Program

The Concentration in Russian Area Studies promotes the study of the Russian language, culture and society on three continents. With a rigorous and intellectually challenging program, students in the Russian Area Studies Concentration will become proficient in the language by taking at least two semesters of Russian language at the intermediate level, and will gain well-rounded knowledge of the culture by taking four electives chosen from designated courses in History, Literature, Political Science, Economics, Religious Studies, and Art and Art History. Our dedicated faculty will foster students' knowledge of the Russian area by preparing our students for study there.

Introduced in 1996, the Russian Area Studies Concentration was established to provide undergraduates with a structured, multi-disciplinary understanding of this complex region of the world and Russia's relations with other countries in the area, and to train undergraduates who wish to pursue a professional career in Russian studies in government academia, or business.

Learn what Russian Area Studies students and graduates are doing with their degrees and how it is helping them reach their goals.

Russia in the Headlines: A Conversation with Lucian Kim (March 29, 2022)

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On March 29, 2022, the Russian Area Studies Program hosted the event “Russia in the Headlines: A Conversation with Lucian Kim.” Lucian Kim was National Public Radio (NPR) Moscow Bureau Chief from 2016 through 2021 and is currently resident fellow at the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. The Zoom event was moderated by Mark Schrad, Associate Professor in Political Science and affiliated faculty in Russian Area Studies. The Villanovan featured the event in the news piece “The War in Ukraine: A Journalist’s Analysis of the Conflict and Recent History.” (April 6, 2022)


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Contact Information

Rev. Joseph Loya, OSA, PhD
Director, Russian Area Studies
Associate Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
Phone: 610-519-7243

Sarah Peters
Program Coordinator
Theology and Religious Studies Department
Phone: 610-519-4732