The Middlebury Russian Department is recognized around the world for excellence in language instruction. All members of the department are dedicated to teaching language at every level. But they are also specialists in literature, film, culture, and literary translation. Courses are taught both in English and in Russian.
For example, a recent Winter Term course on "Performing Chekhov" included two one-act plays, "The Proposal" in the original Russian
and "The Bear" in English translation,
so that Russian-speaking and non-Russian-speaking students could enjoy the course together.
Small class sizes and a talented faculty make it possible for students to graduate from Middlebury with a higher level of proficiency than many graduate students. Most students return from Russia and take a seminar conducted entirely in Russian. Recent senior seminar topics have included the history of Russian poetry, Pushkin, the Russian media, Nabokov, and Bulgakov.