The Russian program prepares students to communicate and interact in Russian-speaking cultures and communities and focuses on geographic and cultural awareness as well as language learning. W&J students who minor in Russian Area Studies can expect to reach the intermediate or advanced level in Russian by their junior year, and must take at least one advanced-level language course to graduate. In combination with other disciplines, knowledge of this widely spoken world language opens myriad opportunities for our students.
See courses and more information in the W&J College Catalog.
Beyond the Classroom
The Department of Modern Languages offers numerous opportunities for students in language programs to study abroad, building on what they learn in the classroom with a greater understanding of and appreciation for the way speakers use the language in their daily lives.
Students can spend a semester in the Russian city of St. Petersburg. They also can take advantage of summer Magellan projects in any Russian-speaking country or apply to the Fulbright program to teach English or do a research project in that area of the world. The Critical Language Scholarship and Boren scholarship provide government funding to learn this language in an immersive situation.
Alumni of W&J’s Russian minor are prepared for a host of careers in public service and international fields, including as teachers, translators, and linguists. Russian speakers have an advantage when it comes to working for the State Department, since it is a critical language, and could use their skills in the United States military, international and patent law, intelligence, diplomacy, banking, and international science research.
Explore Modern Languages
The mission of the Department of Modern Languages is to impart to all W&J students the skills, knowledge, and qualities necessary to communicate and interact in culturally appropriate ways with speakers of languages other than their own. The Department of Modern Languages is, therefore, a key component of a liberal arts education and serves the mission of the College by preparing students to become observant, responsive, and knowledgeable actors in our increasingly multicultural and global society.