RUSSIAN STUDIES

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WVU’s Russian program welcomes you! We are working to enhance our offerings and expand our program to include Study Abroad in Russia. We have a lively weekly conversation table (русский кружок), an active Russian Club, and many interesting courses to build your language skills and your cultural knowledge.

Russian is one of the six official languages of the United Nations, and is spoken as primary language by approximately 175 million people and as a secondary language by (2006) [1] to 125 million [2]
in countries including Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, and others. Total: 300 million. Russian is a critical language for the national security of U.S., and was singled out by President George W. Bush as a strategic language.

Our program concentrates on developing speaking, listening, reading and writing skills from the very first day of Russian 101. Students work on conversation, comprehension, grammar, and structure, using a communicative approach. Although Russian cannot be mastered quickly or easily, students who complete four years of Russian study are well-equipped to live and work in Russia or to move on to successful careers or graduate study.

Two new majors that integrate Russian-language study are the Russian Studies major and the Slavic and East European Studies major. Each of these new programs of study will furnish students with a well-rounded course of study, with concentrations on either Russia proper or other areas of Eastern Europe and the Slavic world.

Russian presents both a challenge and a reward?and learning Russian is fun!