The Russian studies program will teach you how to speak, understand, read and write in a cultural context.
Reasons to Study Russian
- Become an Entrepreneur
Russia is one of the largest producers of natural resources including petroleum, diamonds, gold, silver, and platinum. Russia has the second largest oil reserves after Saudi Arabia and is the second largest steel producer. There is also an enormous market for U.S. good and services. With Russian skills, you can work with American businesses trying to get into the Russian markets. There are also many Russian entrepreneurs with international economics experience who are willing to work with non-Russian business partners.
- Relations with Russia
The U.S. wants to keep relations good on a diplomatic scale with Russia. They will be more likely to hire graduates who can speak and understand the Russian languages. This will give you the edge in the job market. The US is also promoting an academic relationship with Russia, so there are many opportunities to study in Russia.
- Get Ahead in Science and Technology
Are you planning to study or work in science or technology fields? Then Russian is an important language. Russian has the second highest number of articles published on science and technology, only behind English. Also, if you want to be an astronaut, NASA relies on the Russian space agency to transport them to the International Space Station.
- Rich Cultural and Geographic History
Russian cultural heritage is known throughout the world, from writers such as Tolstoy, Solzhenitsyn and Dostoevsky, musicians such as Tchaikovsky, dancers such as Anna Pavlova, Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov. If you travel to Russia you can appreciate the natural beauty of Lake Baikal, the oldest and deepest lake on the planet and you can take a trip on the Trans-Siberian Railway!
- Easier Language to Learn
The Cyrillic alphabet can be learned in one week. It’s easier to pronounce words in Russian than either Spanish or English because Russian is more phonetic. Russian also has a set of rules with few exceptions, so it’s easier to figure out what words mean. Studying Russian can also help with English grammar and writing skills. Students who study Russian have a high rate of acceptance in law school, business school, and medical school.
Class Formats and Courses
COD offers Russian courses in the traditional format where classes meet weekly and student have the opportunity to interact with an instructor and their peers.
- Russian 1101 – Elementary Russian I – 4 credit hours
- Russian 1102 – Elementary Russian II – 4 credit hours
- Russian 1840 – Independent Study – 1 to 4 credit hours
- Russian 2201 – Intermediate Russian I – 4 credit hours
- Russian 2202 – Intermediate Russian II – 4 credit hours
- Russian 2860 – Internship (Career and Tech Ed) – 1 to 4 credit hours
- Russian 2865 – Internship, Advanced (Career and Tech Ed) – 1 to 4 credit hours
- Russian 2870 – Internship (Transfer) – 1 to 4 credit hours
- Russian 2871 – Internship, Advanced (Transfer) – 1 to 4 credit hours
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