Welcome!

Dedicated primarily to the study of the language, literature, and culture of modern Russia, the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures offers students the opportunity to witness the dramatic renaissance of one of the world's major cultures as it redefines itself and its place in the world.

Slavic Department faculty are active nationally and internationally in a variety of fields ranging from literary theory to Romantic poetry and the avant garde. They are united by a central focus on language and literature in their broader cultural context, which includes study of the fine arts, theater, history, and cinema.

The Department features small size language classes with a focus on communicating in Russian, shared faculty with Comparative Literature, Linguistics, the School of Theatre, and History, and opportunites for Exchange and Study Abroad programs

ARLT 100g, Masterpieces of the Short Story: USC Top Ten Course!

Professor Zholkovsky's course "Masterpieces of the Russian Short Story" has been selected as one of USC's top 10 classes. Hear a student from the class talk about what made it such a great experience (starting at 2:40) in the video above!


The Institute of Modern Russian Culture

The Institute of Modern Russian Culture

Incorporated in 1979, the Institute of Modern Russian Culture (IMRC), Los Angeles, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Russian culture. To this end, it maintains a library and archive, conducts a membership program, and publishes an annual journal, Experiment, and a bi-annual newsletter.


Summer Program in Russia

Summer Program in Russia

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures offers students the opportunity to participate in a 6-week program in Moscow, the capital of Russia.


Living in LA

Living in LA

Living and studying in the second largest metropolis in the U.S.



  • Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
  • University of Southern California
  • College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
  • Taper Hall 255
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-4353