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The Department of German and Russian provides superior language instruction from a faculty that consistently ranks among the best in the University; offers a wide range of courses, including but not limited to literature; and fosters a community of learning, in which students benefit from small classes and ample extracurricular opportunities. Proficiency in German or Russian allows students to engage with some of the greatest cultural traditions in the world while also gaining the skills necessary for entry into such fields as international business, economics, and law.


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The Devil Next Door

Introducing a new book by German faculty member Vera Profit!









Rather than theoretical or abstract, above all else, this monograph endeavors to serve as a practical guide, a handbook for helping us navigate a dark terrain. It neither presumes to examine the sources of evil nor suggest radical cures. These pages strive only to continue the process of naming the signs of individual evil that we might recognize these persons before they inflict even more damage. Scott Peck says it best. “If evil were easy to recognize, identify, and manage, there would be no need for this book.” Of course, he was referring to his own pioneering treatise; given the realities of our day, the need remains as great as ever.

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The Observer featured The Devil Next Door in an article! 

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Russian Major Kellie Travis in the News!

“To be able to read some of the very famous poems by Alexander Pushkin and other Russian poets and writers—and speak about it in Russian—is very challenging, but also very rewarding,” said Kellie Travis ’14, a Russian major in the College of Arts and Letters.

Russian majors at Notre Dame take a full complement of courses covering the language, literature, and culture of Russia. As a student in the Russian Honors track, Travis completed a senior thesis focusing on the Soviet Gulag forced labor camps, specifically methods of resistance in the camps. “It’s definitely a very sad moment in their history," she said, "but it’s also a story that needs to be told.”

After graduation, Travis was accepted into the law school at Vanderbilt University. She plans to become an international lawyer. “Studying Russian for four years has been an absolutely fascinating experience,” said Travis. “I wouldn’t take it back for a second.”

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