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TCNJ offers Russian as an intensive language, for 2 units per semester for the first three semesters (RUS 151, 152, 251). First-semester Russian (RUS 151) is offered annually in the fall; second-semester Russian (RUS 152)‚ is offered annually in the spring. Third-semester Russian (RUS 251) is also offered annually in the fall, while fourth-semester Russian (RUS 252) is offered annually in the spring.  RUS 252 is a 1-unit course.

In first-year Russian, we use Golosa Volume 1 by Robin, Evans-Romaine, and Shatalina, the most popular college-level textbook for first-year Russian, in its latest (5th edition), together with its extensive audio-, video-, and computer-based activities available on the web at <http://www.gwu.edu/~slavic/golosa/ >. This textbook is published by Pearson/Prentice-Hall. In second-year Russian we use Golosa Volume 2 by the same authors.

TCNJ offers a minor in Russian Studies. RUS 251 (third-semester Russian) is required for this minor. Students complete the minor by choosing from 3 other units worth of coursework; they may choose from more Russian language courses or courses in English about Russian history, literature, or culture. For information on the Russian minor, please go to the Undergraduate Bulletin (Click on ‘Humanities & Social Sciences,’ then on ‘World Languages and Cultures’ and search for ‘Requirements for the Minor’).

 

 

Top 10 Reasons to Study Russian

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Russian: A World Language100_1091.JPG The Russian Federation has a population of almost 150 million people which constitutes slightly more than 50% of the population of the former Soviet Union.  Of those 150 million, slightly more than 120 million identify themselves as ethnic Russians.  (There are many more ethnic Russians in other countries of the former Soviet.)  Russia spans nine time zones and covers about 1/8th of the world’s land surface.  It is the largest country in the world, almost twice the size of the United States. Put simply, Russia is huge.

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Russia is the largest or one of the largest producers of numerous natural resources and raw materials including petroleum, diamonds, gold, copper, manganese, uranium, silver, graphite, and platinum.  Russia is the second largest steel producer in the world, after Japan, and has an enormous timber reserve. Russia is the world’s largest producer of natural gas, third largest producer of oil, and fourth largest in terms of the mining of coal. Russia has an estimated 40% of the world’s total reserves of natural gas, and Russia’s proven oil reserves are second only to Saudi Arabia’s and Russia is the TOP oil producer in the world. Russia is a tremendous market for US goods and services. BUSINESS IS BOOMING!  If you have Russian language skills, you can work with American businesses participating in this booming market.

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Russian:
Extraordinarily Beautiful Language Kremlin-Twilight
Linguists say that it is one of the most poetic languages in the world.

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Russia is the place that gave birth and room for flights of imagination for some of the world’s most prominent writers, artists, musicians, directors of the stage and screen:  Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Pasternak, Akhmatova and Brodsky, Repin, Kandinsky, Malevich, Popova, Chagall, Chaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Stanislavsky, and Tarkovsky … to name just a few!

Russian: The World’s Most Fascinating Cultures  100_1125

Russian Complements Other Disciplines
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Business and Russian, science and Russian, political science or history and Russian, English and Russian, another foreign language and Russian, engineering and Russian, mathematics and Russian, music and Russian. Russian provides you with opportunities your non-Russian studying classmates don’t have.  For instance, a student majoring in biology and Russian can go to Russia on study abroad and work with Russian biologists in a laboratory in Russia, get a fellowship to study fresh water ecology in Lake Baikal and Lake Tahoe, and then go on to Medical School.

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Russia: Great Study Abroad Opportunities
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We encourage students to study abroad and recommend programs through the American Council of Teachers of Russian and through the Council on International Educational Exchange. Click here to read an interview with a TCNJ alumnus who studied abroad with ACTR. See TCNJ’s Study Abroad Program for more information.

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Russian: Success After Graduation Image 32 Students who study Russian have a high rate of acceptance for graduate study in law school, business school, medical school, and other professional programs.

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Former students of Russian are now working or have worked: as engineers at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (with Russian cosmonauts training for the Space Shuttle), at banks operating in international markets, as professors of Russian literature at small colleges and large universities, in the Peace Corps, in major accounting firms (in Russia and in the US), in large and small law firms, in press offices in Russia, Europe and America, in the State Department and Commerce Department of the federal government, in the Peace Corps, teaching English in Russian high schools, for non-profit agencies such as the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the National Foreign Language Center, or the US-Russia Business Council. Some former Russian students have worked for the American Council of Teachers of Russian and the International Research and Exchange Board (IREX) both in the US and in Russia.

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Wanted: Russian-Language Expertise
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Commerce Department, FCC, ITC, FBI, CIA, NSA, Energy Department, State Department, among others, are all hiring!

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Russian: Very Cool Alphabet                                          It has 33 letters, 10 of which are vowels, and the last letter of the alphabet looks like a backwards R, which is of course very very cool:

АаБгВвГгДдЕеЁёЖжЗзИиЙй

КкЛлМмНнОоПпРрСсТтУуФф

ХхЦцЧчШшЩщЪьЫыЬьЭэЮюЯя

Click here to see the beautiful 30-second video about the Russian alphabet shown at the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

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If you have questions about Russian at TCNJ

please contact Dean Rifkin:
Professor of Russian

rifkin@tcnj.edu

609-771-3434

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