Russian Language and Area Studies
Why study Russian?
There is a misconception that
studying Russian is no longer necessary in post-Cold War America.
While the Soviet Union no longer exists, the Russian
Federation remains a political force and is developing into an
economic one, as well. Here are some reasons a student should
consider studying Russian:
Russian has been identified by the State
Department as a critical language necessary to the vital
interests of our country. Government organizations such as the
CIA, NSA, FBI and others have need of Russian specialists.
Russia is rich in natural resources,
the most significant of which is oil. Oil and mineral companies
and related businesses are interested in hiring scientists,
engineers, and other professionals with Russian language
The US space program has strong ties
with Russia. Knowledge of Russian will increase one’s
likelihood of a career in NASA.
Russian is a great resume enhancer.
National research has shown that undergraduates who study
Russian have a much higher acceptance rate into graduate and
professional programs of study.
Russia has produced some of the greatest writers and
artists in world history.