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

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

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

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Poet Yevgueny Yevtushenko Visits USC

Russian Minor Makes a Mark

USC grad Mikael Arutunian was one of Capital Group's presenters at the inaugural CapitalSpeaks event at the Omni Hotel.


University of Southern California’s Book Prize

We congratulate Jane T. Costlow, winner of this year’s University of Southern California’s Book Prize in Literature and Culture for her Heart-Pine Russia: Walking and Writing the Nineteenth-Century Forest (Cornell UP, 2012).

Congratulations Laurel!

Graduate student Laurel Schmuck  has been appointed as a Teaching Assistant Fellow by the Center for Excellence in Teaching. Congratulations Laurel!

Job Announcement: Tenure-Track Position, Assistant Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures

The department of Slavic Languages and Literatures in the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, California) invites applications for a tenure-track position at the level of assistant professor in the area of 19th and/or 20th-century Russian literature. In addition to Ph.D. by August 2015 and significant scholarly potential, native or near-native fluency in Russian is required. The successful applicant will be expected to teach both graduate and undergraduate courses, including courses in the University's general education program. In order to be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit an electronic USC application; follow this job link or paste in a browser: http://jobs.usc.edu/postings/29577 . Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, sample of scholarly writing, and the names of three individuals who can be contacted by USC for references. In order to receive full consideration materials should be submitted no later than November 1, 2014. The department expects to conduct preliminary interviews at the ASEEES convention in San Antonio, Texas in November 2014 and the AATSEEL convention in Vancouver, British Columbia in January 2015.


USC is an equal-opportunity educator and employer, proudly pluralistic and firmly committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding persons of every race, gender, creed and background. The University particularly encourages women, members of underrepresented groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply. USC will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship. Further information is available by contacting uschr@usc.edu .


USC Slavic instagram

Please follow the USC Slavic department's updates on instagram!

We are @USC_Slavic and will post information about upcoming events so you don't have to miss out on any great talks or scrumptious pierogi!

Congratulations Professor Bowlt!

During the fall semester of 2015 Professor John E. Bowlt Bowlt will be Slade Professor of Fine Art at the University of Cambridge, England. The Slade Professorship of Fine Art at Cambridge was founded in 1869 as the result of a bequest from the art collector Felix Slade (1788-1868). At the same time, similar chairs were founded in the Universities of Oxford and London. Holders of the Chair usually deliver eight public lectures and four classes for students during the Lent Term of their year in office. The Slade Professorship of Fine Art has been held by many of the most distinguished historians of art and architecture from around the world. Dr. Bowlt's Slade Professorship will follow in the wake of his scholarly contribution to three major exhibitions of Russian art in London in 2014-15 at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Science Museum, and the new Gallery of Russian Art and Design

Spring Break in Siberia!

A favorite Returns: Spring Break in Siberia!!


In March, Professor Tatiana Akishina is traveling to Siberia with a group of students for a 2-credit Study trip.

What's New

We congratulate our colleague Marcus Levitt on his promotion to full professor, and on the publication of his new book, The Visual Dominant in Eighteenth-Century Russia (Northern Illinois University Press, 2011)

Congratulations Professor Zholkovsky!

Professor ALexander Zholkovsky was recently awarded the prestigious Russian-Italian literary-critical award "Bella." 

For mor about the award click the diploma or follow this link!

Chess Team Victory

The USC chess team has taken first place inthe U.S. Amateur Team Championship West chess tournament.

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