Russian Language Courses

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures offers a full spectrum of courses on the Russian language, from those for the complete beginner to the advanced student.   Our offerings make use of the cutting edge technology in the newly-refurbished Language Center and effective, enthusiastic, personalized instruction.  Our program is oriented towards teaching conversational Russian; groups are small and students receive maximum individual attention. Courses are enriched by a wide variety of extra-curricular events, including festivals of Russian film and animation, Russian Teas, and Russian Club events.

Placement Tests

For information regarding placement tests to satisfy language requirements, please call the Testing Bureau at (213) 740-7166.

For information about placement and placement tests for intermediate-level Russian and above, contact our language coordinator, Dr. Tatiana Akishina, at (213) 740-2735, or email her at:

What's New

Alumnus Mikhail Gronas (Ph.D. 2002) has been promoted to the rank of associate professor with tenure at Dartmouth College.


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