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Russian Studies

Learning in an intimate program, you will explore Russia’s language, literature, history, politics, arts and religion. Faculty members will know you well and encourage you to study abroad, helping you to find the best experience. Central New York is home to hundreds of Russian-speaking émigrés from Belarus and the Ukraine, and you may have opportunities to interact with them.

Hunter Sobczak ’17 in lower Manhattan during his Hamilton in New York City semester.
Hunter Sobczak ’17 in lower Manhattan during his Hamilton in New York City semester.

Russian studies, economics – and a trip to the World Cup?

Drawn to Hamilton College in part for its open curriculum, Hunter Sobczak ’17 found just how far it can stretch: He has the room to major in both Russian studies and economics, spend a semester in Hamilton’s New York City program – and he intends to study in Russia. “I really enjoyed all my professors at Hamilton but particularly the professors in the Russian studies department. They seemed to be really on top of their stuff. The classes are very small,” he says. The professor and course that stands out the most so far is early Russian history taught by Professor Shoshana Keller. He remembers a paper she assigned on a Friday that was due Monday. He cranked out maybe 20 pages, a worthy challenge. “Learning to do a high volume of high-quality research in a short period of time is a pretty valuable skill,” Sobczak says.

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Ross Ufberg '07 and wares from his publishing firm.
Ross Ufberg '07 and wares from his publishing firm.

A graduate’s progress: publishing and a Ph.D.

In 2012, Ross Ufberg ’07 co-founded New Vessel Press, a publishing firm that specializes in translating foreign literature into English. And he’s pursuing a Ph.D. in Slavic languages at Columbia University, working on Russian and Polish literature.

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