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Letter to Prospective Students

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. The federal government lists Russian among languages of strategic importance for Americans to know when applying for many federal and state government positions. 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. Russian belongs to the Slavic languages group and will facilitate understanding and learning other languages belonging to this group and spoken in many countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

In addition to our sequence of language courses ranging from a true beginners to the advanced level, students can add other courses to fulfill the requirements for a minor in Russian Area Studies, and/or spend a summer or semester studying in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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

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