On-Campus Support

Pforzheimer Learning & Teaching Center

The PLTC offers tutors free of charge for courses in all departments. Each introductory course (RUSS101 & RUSS102, and wintersession RUSS101) has an assigned tutor who holds regular drop-in hours once a week in the PLTC. If you would like individual, or more group meetings with a tutor, please fill out a tutor request form at the PLTC's site.

The PLTC also offers numerous writing tutors. Students are encouraged take advantage of these critical readers, and to discuss their papers with the writing tutors.

The Office of International Study

Russian and Russian Area Students students are encouraged to study abroad their junior year. All study abroad forms can be found at the Wellesley's Office of International Study. Preapproved programs in Russia include: Middlebury College in Irkutsk, Moscow, and Yaroslavl, O'Neill Moscow Art Theatre Semester, and Bard-Smolny in St. Petersburg. Russian Area Studies students might also be interested in preapproved programs in Krakow Poland with API or a program Prague with either CIEE at Charles University or with CET and their program Jewish Studies program.

The Library


Nabokov was known for personally inscribing his books with hand drawn images of butterflies. Several of these books are currently housed in archives. Archives also houses past Wellesley college theses. Browsing theses may inspire current students to purse a thesis as well as provide an interesting historical perspective of the deparment's intellectual development.


Wellesley College Library has many online subscriptions to Russian-focused magazines and news sources. Students are encouraged to browse literary journals and international periodicals in the reading room on the first floor. The library also lends many Russian films, ranging from historical montages to literary films. The Music Library has numerous documentaries on the lives of Russian composers and several films of the Bolshoi ballet.

Research Resources

Wellesley College Library has created a guide to Russian and Russian Area Studies research. Additionally, they offer access to the Current Digest of the Russian Press (including Soviet and Post-Soviet Press) from 1949-present, which offers weekly English translations of Russian-language news sources.


Pesnia (the Russian word for "song") is a web site that allows students to study the text of Russian songs. The collection of music in this site features the composers Glinka, Borodin, Balakirev, Rimskii-Korsakov, Kiui, Chaikovskii, and Rachmaninov. The texts of the songs are by poets such as Pushkin, Baratynsky, Nekrasov, Fet, and Lermontov.

Pesnia was first developed in the early 1990's by Susan Hafer Richman from Information Services and Russian Professor Thomas Hodge. The Pesnia software used Toolbook, a Windows-only application.

Greater Boston Area

  • Russian Resources in the Greater Boston Area. Good for finding restaurants and Russian stores.
  • Stoli Bar & Restaurant in Brookline offers authentic Russian cuisine for lunch and dinner.
  • Cafe St. Petersburg in Newton Center offers authentic Russian cuisine for lunch and dinner. Rated one of the best restaurants in Zagat Survey 2006 Restaurant Guide.
  • Cafe Levonya in Arlington offers Russian, Armenian and Ukrainian dishes for lunch and dinner.
  • Petropol is a Russian bookstore in Brookline.

424 Cambridge St
Allston, MA 02134
1432 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02446

Moscow International Foods
133 Harvard Ave
Allston, MA 02134

Berezka International Food
1215 Commonwealth Ave
Allston, MA 02134

Upcoming Events

Come join us for Russian Table!

Tuesdays 12:30-1:30



Contact Us

Russian Department
Founders Hall 416
Wellesley College
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481

Tel: 781.283.2418 
Fax: 781.283.3652

Adam Weiner
Department Chair