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The Russian Program at the University of South Carolina immerses students in the study of Russian culture, language, and literature. Students studying Russian at USC have been attracted to the program by innovative classes, award-winning teaching, and individual attention; committed faculty dedicated to the success of their students; and engaged and motivated fellow classmates.

The program offers a range of courses, the only major in Russian in South Carolina, and a popular minor in Russian. Many choose to double major in Russian and another field, often International Studies, business, or one of the sciences. Each year, the Russian Program's Ludmilla Ignatiev Callaham Award provides a $3000 scholarship to an advanced student in both Russian and the sciences, mathematics, or engineering. Russian program graduates have gone on to a wide range of exciting career opportunities.

Students receive guidance in exploring study abroad options. During the school year, a weekly Russian table meets near campus, and students run an active Russian Club.

Russian faculty are closely involved with the graduate programs in Comparative Literature, Linguistics, and Film Studies; a limited number of courses for graduate credit are offered.


The Ludmilla Ignatiev Callaham Fund for Russian Language and Scientific Study was established in 1994 by John Callaham in memory of his wife, an accomplished and well-known scholar. The objective of the fund is to encourage the study of Russian language in conjunction with scientific, engineering, or technical studies.


  • Three years of studying Russian and a scientific or technological discipline including
    • physical science
    • chemistry
    • biology
    • mathematics
    • computer science
    • recognized engineering disciplines
  • Is a senior or rising senior
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above in both fields of study or 3.0 in unusual or meritorious circumstances

The scholarship money must be used for tuition at USC or internship in Russia or in a Russia-related research project in the United States.

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