Why Study Russian?
Russian has been designated as a critical language of strategic importance.
Russia is the world's largest country; it stretches across two continents and is home to a diverse group of people, cultures, and geographies. It is the source of many natural resources, including oil, natural gas, diamonds, graphite and metals like gold, silver, copper, manganese, and platinum. Russia has a rich history in culture, art, the sciences, engineering, mathematics, and, philosophy. Russian is the fifth most commonly spoken language in the world. The United States depends on the Russian Space Agency to transport astronauts to the international space station, and Russia's economy is resource based, which means it is relatively unhurt by the recent economic struggles.
Having a working knowledge of Russian helps you succeed in fields including the sciences, engineering, mathematics, philosophy, art, history, politics, and economics.
At Virginia Tech, you will study the Russian language, composition, literature, and culture. Courses include Russian Linguistics, Russian Culture and Civilization, and Grammar, Composition, and Conversation.