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German and Russian

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Associate Professor Konstantine Klioutchkine, department chair

Professors Rindisbacher, Rudova, von Schwerin-High
Associate Professors Dwyer, Klioutchkine
Visiting Assistant Professor Battsaligova
Gina Brown-Pettay, academic coordinator


1On leave fall 2022 2On leave spring 2023 3On leave 2022-23

German Studies

Professor Hans Jürg Rindisbacher, coordinator


German Studies is the interdisciplinary study of the contemporary cultural, social, economic and political life of the German-speaking peoples in their historical and international contexts. The German faculty of Pomona and Scripps colleges offers a comprehensive curriculum for language, literature and cultural studies courses. The Claremont Colleges German faculty includes Mr. Vennemann (Scripps), Mr. Katz (Scripps), Mr. Rindisbacher and Ms. von Schwerin-High. The German Studies Program offers both a major and a minor in German studies.




Professor Larissa Rudova, coordinator


The objective of a major in Russian is to provide a thorough foundation in the Russian language and to develop a sophisticated understanding of Russian culture and history in European and global contexts. To further an awareness of Russia’s rich cultural tradition and the country’s continuing role as a major player on the world stage, departmental courses are often interdisciplinary in approach, encouraging students to explore literature, film, politics, history, art, music and cultural studies. Associated courses in a range of disciplines at The Claremont Colleges complement the department’s offerings. The program offers two majors. Students may elect to major in Russian with an emphasis on literature and culture; or they may choose to major in the interdisciplinary field of Russian and East European studies. Many alumni have gone on to graduate and professional schools at major universities. By gaining knowledge of a language and culture other than their own, graduates of the Russian program are positioned to work in academia, business, law, journalism, diplomacy and international development.

The program also offers minors in Russian studies and Russian and East European studies (REES). 

Every Russian and Russian and East European studies major and minor must meet the standard of Pomona’s two-year sequence of language instruction. Students may do this by taking RUSS 001 PO , RUSS 002 PO , RUSS 033 PO  and RUSS 044 PO  at Pomona, by demonstrating proficiency on the department’s placement exam or by completing equivalent coursework at a department-approved program.



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