Although Russia is geographically close to Korea, our understanding of the country had been severely limited until the late 1980s because of the Cold War. However, the collapse of the Soviet Union and the normalization of diplomatic relations between Korea and the Russian Federation in the early 1990s, led not only to improvement in political and economical relations, but also to the realization of the importance of cultural and social exchanges between the two nations. In order to meet our society's urgent demand for cultivating Russian specialists, the Department of Russian Language and Literature was founded at SKKU’s Humanities and Social Sciences Campus in 1993.
The educational goal of our department is to cultivate Russian specialists of high qualification by nurturing a deep understanding of Russian tradition and contemporary reality, as well as by providing training in the Russian language. In accordance with this goal, the curriculum of our department emphasises both the practical and academic aspects of Russian studies. For example, we provide courses of various levels not only in Russian grammar, conversation, and writing, but also in Russian linguistics, literature, history and culture in general.