Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Russian

Academics

Why not try Russian?

Two semesters of Russian fulfills the language requirement. (Another year, and you've fulfilled the language portion of the Russian area studies major!!)

Russian art and culture
Even one year of Russian introduces culture.
It gives you a glimpse of a huge, beautiful country which made compelling contributions to world culture. Wheaton also offers courses taught in English on Russian art, film, literature and politics.

Russian is good for your English. All languages teach you about speech and grammar, and make you think about the way you speak and write English.

Plenty of opportunities for a semester study abroad. It is not required, not even for a major, but many opportunities are there.

Students and faculty
Our department is small. Students like the camaraderie, the individualized attention and support from the faculty. Faculty-student groups are cozy. ... Russian attracts bright and adventurous people. Just like you.

Russian After Wheaton

Graduation. Immediately after graduating, our students have:
Gone to Law school or Graduate school: Johns Hopkins, Ohio State, Indiana, University of Wisconsin, Durham (UK), Yale, etc.
Done a Fulbright year, either research or teaching English, in Russia and related states.
Worked on the family potato farm.
Worked for banks, businesses, libraries, NGOs, law firms and academic associations, mostly in the U.S.

Russian and careers/professions.
Our students have jobs in the fields below.
Russian majors should consider the following careers; many Russian majors combine their studies with another field (Political Science, Economics, English) and earn a double major. Russian is useful for many international activities; it is one of the six official languages of the United Nations.
-- Teaching, high schools, prep schools and colleges.
-- Directing study abroad programs, here and in Russia.
-- Banking and business, local and international.
-- Library work and some Journalism.
-- Law, domestic and international.
-- Government – especially State and national security agencies: there is a constant need and there are scholarships.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2015/12/30/lack-of-russia-experts-has-the-u-s-playing-catch-up/

 

But ... Isn't Russian Hard and Weird?

Perhaps - But Russian on your resume impresses friends, grad schools and potential employers. And keep in mind the friendly department and the terrific, adventurous students. It might be worth a year of something different.

Yes - But all languages are hard in their own way, and they'll all require some memorization and hard work. You might as well do a more unusual language ...

No - But that alphabet scares people. The fact is, students master reading the alphabet in one week, and writing it in two to three weeks. Really. You will too. Here's your very first Russian word, in the Russian alphabet, the word for "atom" : ATOM.

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