Current events and those of the very recent past have focused world attention on Eastern Europe. Americans need to know about the political and social reorganization going on in Russia. As the largest country in the world, it is immensely rich with human and natural resources. It is estimated that about 250,000 Russians live in the eastern part of United States, 70,000 in Massachusetts alone. Therefore, it is more important than ever to know the Russian language.
Knowledge of Russian can facilitate graduate study and make one very competitive in international business, foreign service, international law enforcement, journalism, translating and teaching, to name but a few of the many career possibilities.
A two-year sequence of Russian language is offered at Saint Anselm College. The majority of students enter the elementary level with no previous knowledge of Russian. The sounds and grammatical structures are introduced gradually, by the end of the second year the student is able to carry on a conversation and read a text of intermediate difficulty. Russian language courses can be supplemented by other courses to fulfill the requirements for a minor in Russian Area Studies.
We hope that you will consider satisfying the modern language requirement by choosing Russian language courses at Saint Anselm College.
Catherine Spitzer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Russian