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The Hunt for Red October: Remembering the 1917 Russian Revolution

Program Description

The Hunt for Red October: Remembering the 1917 Russian Revolution

This study abroad trip consists of the 3 hour HIS 340 Revolutionary Russia course coupled with a 14 day trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia. The focus of the trip will highlight the tumultuous revolutionary years that Russia experienced from the collapse of autocracy to the collapse of Communism. 2017 marks the 100 year anniversary of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. As such, coursework prior to the trip will emphasize the unique characteristics of Russian society and government that contributed to the eventual 1917 Revolution, as well as the impact and legacy of Communist rule. While in Moscow and St. Petersburg, students will further their knowledge through several onsite visits to relevant sites.

This course focuses on the history of revolutionary activity in Russia from the late 19th century through the collapse of Communism in 1991. Specific emphasis will be placed on the events immediately surrounding the 1917 Revolution and the merging of pre-Soviet Russia with Soviet Russia. By visiting both St. Petersburg and Moscow, students will analyze the changes and continuities observed in Russia post 1917, as well as determine reasons for causation. In addition to the focus on revolutionary history, a large portion of the course will highlight the social and cultural uniqueness of Russia contrasted with western civilizations.

Program Information

Program Leader

Jessica Howell

Jessica Howell


Program Location
Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia

Course Title
HIS 340: Revolutionary Russia

End of May, first of June 2017

Credit Hours

Eligibility Requirements / Prerequisites

Estimated Student Enrollment

Estimated Cost
$4863 PLUS airfare (approximately $1200)

  • Visa assistance and support service
  • Hotel accommodations in Moscow for 7 nights
  • Hotel accommodations in St. Petersburg for 6 nights
  • Airport transfers
  • 3-4 dinners
  • breakfast daily
  • Entry fees to all sites
  • Overnight train from Moscow to St. Petersburg
  • Pre-loaded transportation card for Moscow and St. Petersburg

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Day 1
    Arrival in Moscow and transfer to hotel. Walking tour of city.
  • Day 2

    Topic: The Russian Phenomenon


    • On Site orientation to the city
    • Bus Tour with stops at Red Square
    • St. Basil’s Cathedral
    • Lunch at Stolovaya 57
    • Christ the Savior Cathedral
    • Cathedral of the Dormition


  • Day 3

    Topic: 1917 and Maintaining the Revolution


    • Lenin’s Tomb
    • Kremlin (guided tour)
    • Armory Palace Museum (with Diamond Fund)


  • Day 4

    Topic: Russian Culture (Tsarist, Soviet, and Post-Soviet)


    • Pushkin museum
    • Tretyakov Gallery
    • Bolshoi theater tour and performance


  • Day 5

    Topic: Russian Culture (Tsarist, Soviet, and Post-Soviet)


    • Tolstoy museum (Khamovniki)
    • Novodevichiy Museum and Cemetery


  • Day 6

    Topic: WWII (Maintaining the Revolution and Lenin’s Successors)


    • Museum of Great Patriotic War


  • Day 7


    • Free time
    • Departure to St. Petersburg (night train)


  • Day 8

    Topic: The Russian Phenomenon


    • Arrival to St. Petersburg
    • Breakfast
    • City tour and visit to Savior on the Spilled Blood Church
    • Hotel check in
    • Free time


  • Day 9

    Topic: Russian Culture (Tsarist, Soviet, Post-Soviet)


    • Hermitage
    • Community engagement activity (game night/pub quiz)


  • Day 10

    Topic: The Russian Revolutionary Intelligentsia


    • Peter and Paul Fortress
    • Ballet performance


  • Day 11

    Topic: Russian Revolutionary Intelligentsia


    • Tsarskoye Selo and Catherine’s Palace


  • Day 12

    Topic: Maintaining the Revolution


    • Pushkin’s apartment
    • Moika 12
    • Free time


  • Day 13

    Topic: Russian Society and Culture


    • Hydrofoil to Peterhof
    • Farewell dinner


  • Day 14