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The German and Russian Studies Department offers BA and MA degrees in two cultures and languages of critical significance in the world today - German and Russian - and gives undergraduates the opportunity to study rich cultural traditions associated with several other languages of increasing importance in a global economy.

We provide classes in Japanese, Chinese, and Korean language and civilizations, Israeli culture, and the Arabic language. Our internationally recognized faculty pursues research in the wider arena of German and of Russian cultural studies, including literature, film, media studies, philosophy, and the history of science.

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Recent Faculty Publications

Unorthodox Beauty: Russian Modernism and Its New Religious Aesthetic
Unorthodox Beauty: Russian Modernism and Its New Religious Aesthetic
After the Fact: The Holocaust in Twenty-First Century Documentary Film
After the Fact: The Holocaust in Twenty-First Century Documentary Film

Department News

Congratulations  to Ian De Boer, the winner of our Spring 2019 Undergraduate Scholarship in German

Congratulations  to Ian De Boer, the winner of our Spring 2019 Undergraduate Scholarship in German.

German MA Student Selected for Prestigious Award

Congratulations to Desmond Ferrell, who was selected to join the 2019-20 cohort of the Congress-Bundestag Exchange for Young Professionals.

RIP Gene Barabtarlo

In Memoriam: Gennady A. Barabtarlo, 1949-2019

Student Spotlight

Devin Nickel

Devin graduated from the University of Missouri in 2013 with degrees in International Studies and Political Science and moved to Beijing to seek a career that would combine a passion for cultural exchange and public service.

Carly Garrow

Carly Garrow, a 2017 graduate in bioengineering, was recently profiled by Ryan Owens for the College of Engineering.

Savannah Modesitt

Savannah Modesitt is a 2018 Boren Scholar, currently studying in Kazakhstan. Russian MA student Danielle Tongen caught up with her, and asked her about her studies and adventures abroad.

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