Russian

B.A. in LLC with a concentration in Global Languages and Communities

This major combines the study of languages with meaningful community-engaged service activities. As you develop intercultural competencies needed to succeed in an increasingly interconnected world, you will have the chance to contribute to local and global communities.

IGS Major with Concentration in Russian Studies

This concentration is ideal for students with a keen interest in studying Asia (broadly defined as including mainland and maritime East Asia, Southeast Asia, and South Asia) in multiple historical contexts and from a variety of complementary perspectives: political, sociological, economic, geographical, religious, linguistic, etc.

Minor in Russian Studies

Students pursuing a major in the International and Global Studies Program with a concentration in Russian Studies must complete 6 credits of the language or approved equivalents.

Did you know?

  • Russian is one the just six official languages of the UN (along with Arabic, Chinese, English, French, and Spanish), and the Cyrillic alphabet is now one of three official alphabets of that organization.
  • Russian is the 10th most widely spoken language in the US (of 322 overall). One in every 372 Americans over age five uses Russian in the home.
  • One-quarter of the scientific literature published in the world is published in Russian.
  • The Defense Language Institute classifies Russian as a “Level III” language, meaning it has a high degree of difficulty and requires 789 or more hours of immersive instruction to attain intermediate fluency.
  • Russian is currently the fifth most widely-spoken language in the world (after Chinese, English, Hindustani, and Spanish), reportedly spoken by 278 million people. With 164 million native speakers, it is the largest native language in Europe.

Sample Course Offerings

RUS 101: Elementary Russian I

First course in the introductory-level study of the Russian language and the cultures of the Russian-speaking world. Emphasis on active listening, speaking, writing, and reading, and applied vocabulary.

RUS 306: Slavic Life and Letters

tudy of Slavic civilization. Emphasis on selected periods, genres such as films, memoirs, folklore, mythology, women’s lives, etc. Taught in Russian.

RUS 314: Major Movements in Russian Literature and Culture

Topics vary, each taking a broad perspective on an important movement, social trend, literary development, or cultural period. Taught in English or Russian.

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