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Modern Languages: Languages

 Russian

Have you ever considered studying Russian? Why not?

Maybe you think it's too difficult. It is a little more complicated than Spanish, French, and German, but it takes less time to learn than Chinese, Japanese, or Arabic. The Russian alphabet (called Cyrillic) looks strange, but once you learn it, you'll read the language easily.

Or maybe you think learning Russian is not practical. But did you know that Russian is the second-most common language used on the Internet? It's spoken by 280 million people, and is considered one of the four major world languages.

If you are majoring in business, Russian is the perfect language for you to learn, because since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russia has been an enormous untapped market for Western goods and services. Several thousand companies worldwide have already opened branches in Russia, and many citizens of other countries go there to do high-paying jobs. While there, they have the chance to learn about one of the most complex and fascinating European countries.

Here are some other really good reasons to study Russian:

The U.S. government has designated Russian a "critical language" for U.S. national security and economic competitiveness.

If you have Russian on your CV, you will have something few others do, and it could create new opportunities for you. Also, it shows that you aren't afraid of a challenge, not afraid to get off the beaten path.

If you take on the challenge of learning the language of the largest country in the world, you will become immersed in an extraordinary history and culture. Tchaikovsky, Dostoevsky, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Kandinsky, and even Yul Brynner—they all wrote and spoke Russian. Russians have been at the forefront of classical music, ballet, and art for centuries, and you can become part of it!

Take a chance. Take Russian!

 

Courses offered at WKU

RUSS 101 Elementary Russian I

RUSS 102 Elementary Russian II

RUSS 201 Intermediate Russian I*

RUSS 202 Intermediate Russian II*

*In the 2014-2015 academic year, only Russian 101 and 102 are being offered. Russian 201 and 202 are expected to resume in the 2015-2016 academic year. Contact modern.languages@wku.edu for the most current information.

 

Interested in learning more Russian?

Learn about study abroad opportunities at: www.wku.edu/studyabroad.

Take a course related to Russia, such as those offered in the History and Political Science departments.

Consider applying for a Critical Languages Scholarship. Visit http://www.clscholarship.org/ to learn more.

 

Russian Club

The Russian Club meets several times each semester for movies, meals, parties, and even goes to occasional concerts and off-campus events. Joining the club is a great way to find friends with similar interests while continuing to learn about Russian language and culture. Contact Russian Club Advisor Ekaterina Myakshina for more information.

 

Primary Contact Person

Ekaterina Myakshina coordinates the Russian curriculum at WKU. Contact her for questions about placement, departmental exams, and study abroad options.

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 Last Modified 9/25/14