Russian festival in Ford Hall

German and Russian

Your passport to an interesting future

Germany and Russia possess some of the world’s richest cultural heritage. Germany is Europe’s dominant nation in economic power and population. Russia, the world’s largest country, is on a path to modernization and going through a period of tremendous change. By studying German or Russian, you gain language skills and multicultural awareness that are highly valuable in today’s shrinking world.

Why choose Willamette for German or Russian?

We offer a small, dynamic program that fosters close collaboration between faculty and students. Everyone works together to improve language skills – not just in class, but also at German or Russian-speaking lunch tables, movie nights and other activities. You can also collaborate on faculty research projects, on topics such as German-American relations, early 20th century German literature and Russian prose, poetry and film.

Beyond language instruction, our curricula include literature, film, art, history, philosophy and politics. This multidisciplinary approach provides a broader knowledge of each country’s culture and deepens your understanding of its language. Our dedicated Language Learning Center utilizes such learning programs as VoiceThread, a “virtual learning” tool that enables conversations from anywhere in the world to be shared and stored in one place. Willamette has a strong international exchange program with many opportunities on campus for cultural interaction, plus options to study abroad – in Berlin, Munich, Graz, Tübingen, Vienna and Simferopol.

Many roads forward

German and Russian majors have many career options available, including government services, journalism, business, technology, translation, education, law and with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating worldwide. You can also go on to graduate school in German or Russian literature and studies.

Key features

  • Small classes where faculty and students know each other and work closely together
  • Broad curriculum that includes language, literature, film, history, philosophy and culture
  • Strong exchange program with study abroad opportunities in Berlin, Munich, Tübingen, Graz, and Vienna. Russian majors often attend Tavrida National University in Simferopol.
  • Language Learning Center, multimedia technology tools, films, TV programs and VoiceThread (virtual learning)
  • External and internal research grant opportunities; one student recently received a grant for research on “Stalin’s ghost” (perceptions of Stalin in Crimea today)
  • Bilingual mentorship opportunities with native Russian speakers in local schools
Elisa Ahern ’15

Student, alumnus earn Fulbright scholarships

Tejeswara Reddy ’12 and Elisa Ahern ’15 both taught in Europe through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

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