Improve your professional potential. About 150 million people speak Russian. It is the lingua franca of the former Soviet Republics of Central Asia (Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kirghizstan). Russian is a language of national and international importance. It is on the US State Department list of “critically needed” languages. The US government offers several scholarships for intermediate and advanced students to continue their studies of Russian. All branches of the military need it. West Point, as well as the Navy and Air Force Academies, teach all levels of Russian language, literature and culture. In addition, the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA, teaches all levels of Russian. The State Department, Department of Commerce, and the US Agency for International Development all hire graduates with a variety of degrees and a knowledge of Russian. Moreover, Russian is one of the five official languages of the United Nations.
Experience a rich cultural heritage. Russia is the home of such world famous writers as Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky and Anton Chekhov; it has produced such composers as Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Modest Mussorsky; it was in the forefront of modern abstract art, with such painters as Kazimir Malevich, Marc Chagall and Wassily Kandinsky.
Acquire analytical skills and cultural competency. The rigors of Russian grammar and the challenges of great literary texts help students acquire analytical skills useful in any professional field. Contact with Russian culture improves students’ sensitivities towards and understanding of other cultures; and it provides a perspective on your own culture as well.
Russian at NIU
The Russian program at NIU is small and, therefore, highly individualized. A good deal of personal attention is devoted to dedicated students and courses are often designed to meet a particular student’s needs and interests.